Now it is time to try out your chosen technology and design a prototype of your Technology-Enabled Learning Activity solution.

Prototyping can sound daunting if you think of it in relation to engineering or lab work. But at its basic level, it involves putting a small tangible creation in front of your users instead of talking about abstract ideas. It can result in much richer feedback from the people that matter to you and your work. The basic steps are:

  • Design
  • Share
  • Refine

Experimentation and play are essential for getting to know a tool and discovering what works well within a design. But when it comes creating something entirely new, it is best to approach it with a well-thought-out vision of what you want the result to be.

If you select a technology from one of the resources included in one of the How To’s, you will have access to its guided lessons and activities that will help you get started. If you decide to explore new terrain through a tool or technology from another list, you will need to allocate for further planning time

The  Technology-Enabled Learning Activity Planning Document is an example of one way to map out the planning process, but you might want to develop your own planning notes based on your preferences. To use the document template, go into the File menu on the Google document and make a copy of the file to save in your Google Drive or select Download to save it as a file on your computer. Rename the file and complete the template.


This activity is part of the Prototype section of the Technologist Module.

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  • Prototype Planning – Flipgrid Discussion
    by Rob Harrison (@Rob H)

    Attached is my outline for planning my Flipgrid Discussion activity. Not reinventing the wheel here but hopefully, it will offer a meaningful change for my students.

  • Prototype
    by Cynthia Gordon (@cynthia.gordon)

    This is an outline of my planning process

  • Prototype Planning
    by Jenn Harren (@j_harren)

    Great way to detail my plan and ensure it will work!

  • Prototype Planning – Brainstorming assignment ideas using Padlet
    by Wesley Butler (@wbutler925)

    As a prelude to a final assignment in a “Feature Writing” course, students could brainstorm the topic of their 2,500-word article, and critique ideas presented already.

  • Prototype Planning
    by Brian Percheson (@bpercheson)

    With prototype planning, that’s like an alpha version of something that’s not fit to be released for general consumption. With essays, writers also do prototype planning.  It’s called a rough draft. So, I propose to use dictation software for writers to dictate their rough draft.  By no means is it a finished product, but I more… »

  • Prototype Planning
    by Rhonda Paulsen (@RPaulsen)

    This activity is an outline of my conceptual design for the student support tool to be located on the same D2L site as they use when completing their courses.

  • Prototype Planning
    by Karyn Baker (@Karyn Baker)

    Please find attached my prototype planning. I found this useful as I am not always sure that we think clearly about how to connect theory, learning outcomes and activities.

  • Prototype – Music Definition Image
    by Maria Romios (@MariaR)

    This activity was difficult at first because I have never used Google Docs in this way before. I usually use it to contribute to group work but I have never had to export the final document, so it was useful to learn a different way to use it. I found looking at other peoples’ prototypes more… »

  • Prototype Planning
    by Karen Burns (@karen.burns)

    Please see the attached Activity Planning Document for using Quizlet.

  • Devil is in the details
    by Julie White (@JulieSLC)

    As with most technology – this new tool is only going to be as effective as we make it. It will require constant marketing (among faculty), grooming (to ensure it is up to date and has content to attract the interest of faculty) and ongoing maintenance. Given that collaboration of faculty within the program through more… »

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