Technology in the Curriculum

Good education is about making connections.

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Course Description and Goals

Using “National Educational Technology Standards for Teachers” as a guide and with the help of “Web 2.o ideas” the course is designed to provide knowledge of and skills in intermediate instructional technology for prospective K-12 teachers. The emphasis will be on how to better connect wih students through the integration of media, computers and other technologies into classroom teaching. Class seminars will be held to discuss the teaching philosophies, issues, and trends in the 21st century. Labs will provide hands-on experience in using various educational technologies. This course is intended to provide students with:

  1. Ability to integrate technology into various subject areas using either a single-subject or an interdisciplinary approach.
  2. Knowledge of appropriate teaching methods and assessment strategies for educational technology
  3. Skills for operating educational technology frequently used in the K-12 classroom
  4. Proficiency in finding, evaluating, and using telecommunication resources and software for the K-12 school curriculum.
  5. Awareness of current moral, ethical, and social issues in computer and technological education, and their implications for public school systems.

Working Process

All class activities will cycle through the following process:

  1. Teacher Presentation
  2. Knowledge establishment
    • Vocabulary identified
    • Independent research and supportive reading to define terms
    • Results posted to blog or wiki with annotation
  3. Class Discussion of materials found
    • Deeper meaning revealed
    • Resources identified
  4. Understanding establishment
    • Activity based on concepts
    • Tangible, renewable product created
  5. Reflection
    • Assessment of learning posted in blog

Class Requirements

All written assignments must posted in your blog. Attendance and class discussion participation are important. Your grade will be decreased by 5 points for each missed class. I will not accept assignments after the due date. There will be no comprehensive final exam for this course. An electronic unit portfolio, containing a blog, wiki and RSS feeds from educational resources to help integrate instructional technology in a K-12 school setting, is required at the end of the class.

Criteria for Grading

The grade you receive for this class will be determined by the following criteria, which are approximately equal in weight.

  • Mastery
    • Demonstrate mastery of use of the Internet and telecommunications programs
  • Improvement
    • Many students have varying degrees of previous computer experience. I am looking for is personal improvement not a comparison with other student’s progress.
  • Effort
    • Mistakes happen, I look more favorably on your effort and genuine enthusiasm than on everything working just right.
  • Thoughtfulness
    • Evidence in your assignments that you have thought carefully and thoroughly about your work.

Calculation of Final Grades

A total of 100 points can be earned
(Specific requirements will be distributed in class)

Lab evaluation: 10×4 = 40 points
Class discussion: 2×5 = 10 points
Resources presentation: 10 points
Electronic Portfolio: 25 points
Attendance: 15 points

Point totals required for each grade
A = 90 – 100
B = 80 – 89
C = 70 – 79
D = 60 – 69


One Response to “TED 312/512”

  1. Charlie Kimmel Says:

    Forgive the old man… do we have class 21 April?

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