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Lesson Plan

Learning Online
Subject: Technology
Grade span: 8 to 12
Duration: Ongoing
This lesson was excerpted from the Afterschool Training Toolkit under the promising practice: Building Skills and Understanding


You can't teach all topics to all students but your students can find a rich resource of tutorials the Internet. Maybe they need to develop their English reading and speaking skills through an English as a Second Language tutorial, or learn a new language such as French or German. Maybe they would like to develop some job search skills, find university credit courses, or just fun things such as playing a guitar or learning some magic tricks.

Learning Goals:

Students can customize their learning needs through self-paced learning tutorials on a variety of topics.


Determine your students' interests, needs, and learning level. Explore what is free online and also what requires a subscription fee. Here are some examples:

ESL (English as a Second Language)

Review websites with games and activities appropriate to your students' age and understanding level. With older students, consider adapting some younger student games and lessons. Here is a helpful site that includes a variety of fun and engaging lesson plans for learning English in a variety of practical ways:

Foreign Languages - All levels American Sign Language Online university courses and degrees Tutorials on a variety of educational topics For Fun

What to Do:

Extension Activities:

Once the student has completed a tutorial, have them demonstrate to the instructor or their classmates, what they have learned. For example a few words or sentences with a new language or a new skill such as guitar playing or a magic trick.

Evaluate (Outcomes to look for):

Students will:

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Learn More:

For more information and ideas to support this lesson, see the Resources page.

Online Training for Afterschool Staff
The Afterschool Training Toolkit is available online free of charge.

The following resources can be used with the online Afterschool Training Toolkit to give you the resources you need to build fun, innovative, and academically enriching afterschool activities.