ETT 401A Integrating Technology into the Elementary Classroom

Course Information
Northern Illinois University
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*Upon discussion with students, the instructor reserves the right to make revisions to the course syllabus

Course Description

Advanced skills and topics in learning technologies for the pre-service elementary teacher. Explore, plan, and practice using productivity, multimedia, and telecommunications tools to support student learning. Examine related social, ethical, legal, and human issues. PRQ: ETT 229 or pass ETT proficiency exam. Limited to Elementary Education majors.

Course Overview and Objectives
ETT 401A is designed to introduce elementary education teacher certification students to the effective integration of technology into the curriculum. In ETT 401A, you will be exposed to the processes of design, development, utilization, management, and evaluation of learning, with an orientation toward technical skills and equipment involving the use of instructional media for teaching and learning. Course objectives are aligned with the Illinois Technology Standards for All Teachers. Students will:
  1. Apply engaged learning and instructional design principles.
  2. Design, implement and assess student learning activities that integrate technologies for a variety of student grouping strategies and for diverse student populations to promote higher order thinking.
  3. Identify and evaluate technology resources to support diverse learners and to develop engaged learning environments.
  4. Identify and discuss the social, ethical, legal, and human issues related to computing and technology.
  5. Design and develop multimedia/hypermedia lessons and learning tools.
  6. Practice technology troubleshooting techniques.
  7. Use email and online conferencing tools for professional development and collaboration, and to support student learning.
  8. Identify, select, and integrate visual media for use in presentations or other products.
  9. Explain the National Educational Technology Standards for Students and Teachers (NETS - S and NETS - T) and the Core Technology Standards for All Teachers CTSFAT).
  10. Manage classroom technologies.
  11. Use technology to manage classroom processes.
Required Text
Smaldino, S. E., Lowther, D. L., & Russell, J. D. (2008). Instructional Technology and Media for Learning (9th ed.). Columbus, OH: Pearson Prentice Hall.


You must have an active LiveText account in order to submit your assignments in this course. Your instructor is unable to assess your assignments unless they are submitted on LiveText.

Supplementary Text
Shelly, G. B., Cashman, T. J., Gunter, R. E., & Gunter, G. A. (2008). Teachers Discovering Computers: Integrating Technology in the Classroom (4th ed.). Boston, MA: Course Technology.

NIU Conceptual Framework

In keeping with the Conceptual Framework, this class will be based on sound learning theory and conducted to encourage the dynamic exchange of ideas between all enrolled students. The instructor will use and encourage written and/or verbal feedback and a variety of instructional techniques appropriate to the topic and goals of the course, including the following:
  • whole group sharing of readings, group activities, and individual projects;small group discussion and sharing on various topics related to technology;hands-on technology use;teacher and student facilitation and presentations;research and written assignments;
  • feedback through group and one-to-one interaction, E-mail, Blackboard, or other means to meet individual needs.
Assignment Submission
You must follow the guidelines your instructor provides you for submitting your work on LiveText.

When submitting your work on LiveText make sure that you name your LiveText document as follows:"Semester and Year" "Course Designator" "Section number" "Assignment Title" "Your Name" for example

Fall 2010 ETT 401A Section 1 Media Evaluation Joe TanakaIf you do not follow the above instruction your instructor may not safely receive your work.

Paper Writing Style Guide
APA Writing Style
All references cited should be listed at the end of the paper. Citations and references will follow APA style (your texts and the syllabus use APA). Please consult the following source for information on APA style:

  • American Psychological Association (2009). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). Washington D.C.
NIU Academic Integrity Policy
To make authoritative statements without giving credit to the author of those statements is considered plagiarism and violates the academic integrity policy of Northern Illinois University:

Good academic work must be based on honesty. The attempt of any student to present as his or her own work that which he or she has not produced is regarded by the faculty and administration as a serious offense. Students are considered to have cheated if they copy the work of another during an examination or turn in a paper or assignment written, in whole or part, by someone else. Students are guilty of plagiarism, intentional or not, if they copy material from books, magazines, or other sources without identifying and acknowledging those sources or if they paraphrase ideas from other sources without acknowledging them. Students guilty of, or assisting others in, either cheating or plagiarism on an assignment, quiz, or examination may receive a grade of F for the course involved and may be suspended or dismissed from the university (2003-04 Undergraduate Catalog, p.48).

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Writing Center
It is imperative that ALL teacher certification candidates meet the Illinois Language Arts Standards for All Teachers. Therefore, students who would like assistance in or further developing their writing style and skills can do so through the NIU Writing Center located in Stevenson South Towers - Lower Level, 815-753-6636. Website:

Class Participation 150 points

As major evidence of the successful completion of this course, each student will attend and participate in class lectures, discussions, demonstrations and activities. Participation should be consistent, active, collaborative, helpful, and respectful of peers, instructor, and guest speakers. Reading assigned materials and preparing for class activities in advance as assigned are required for participation. Quality participation is characterized by:
  • active, enthusiastic participation in class discussions and activities
  • demonstrating your understanding of class readings by using course content to help explain or justify comments
  • asking thoughtful questions
  • responding to others' comments in a responsible and constructive manner
  • contributing regularly to discussion without dominating
  • thoughtful and effortful completion of ALL tasks

Media Evaluation 150 points
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You will engage in a media evaluation. You will find, create, or modify an existing evaluation instrument to evaluate your chosen medium. Please follow the direction provided in the assignment guide, rubric, and during class meetings.

Classrooms Teaching and Learning Activities Observations 200 points

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During your clinical experience, you will conduct 1 observation of classroom teaching and learning activities. It does not matter if the teacher is integrating technology in the lesson or not. Please follow the direction provided in the assignment guide, rubric, and during class meetings.

Interview a Technology Coordinator, Media Specialist, or a Principal 200 Points

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You wil conduct an interview with a technology coordinator, a media specialist, or a principal about educational use of technology. Please follow the direction provided in the assignment guide, rubric, and during class meetings.

ASSURE Project 200 points
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|Instructor Class Presentation on ASSURE Model|
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|View Individual Lesson Plan Rubric (45 Points)|
|View Individual ASSURE Reflection Rubric (20 Points)|
|Peer Evaluation Form (15 Points)|
Throughout the semester, each student will be a part of a group of three students that will collaboratively prepare a collaborative unit based on the ASSURE model. Please follow the direction provided in the assignment guide, rubric, and during class meetings.

ASSURE Project Presentation 100 points
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Each group will demonstrate their presentation skills and ability to effectively use a variety of media to present their lesson plans. Please follow the direction provided in the assignment guide, rubric, and during class meetings.

Course Assessment

Students can earn up to a certain number of points on each assignment based on the quality of their work and the criteria established in the assessment rubric and as discussed in class. Completion of all assignments is required, including in-class assignments and activities. In-class activities will be counted toward participation points. If you are ever concerned about your grade, please see me so that we may discuss it.

Class Participation _____/150pts
Media Evaluation _____/150pts
Classroom Teaching and Learning Activities Observations _____/200pts
Interview a Technology Coordinator, Media Specialist or a Principal _____/200pts
ASSURE Project _____/200pts
ASSURE Project Presentation _____/100pts
Assignment of Final Grade
A = 1000-900; B = 890-800; C = 790-700; D = 690-600; F < 590 pts.

A= outstanding competence
B= above satisfactory competence
C= satisfactory level of competence
D= marginally satisfactory competence
F=unsatisfactory Level of Competence

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Late Work

Written assignments are due in class at the beginning of the period. Late assignments will have 5 points deducted for each class period it is late (including the first session if not submitted at the beginning).

Resources and Responsibilities

It is assumed that this course will "cost" you extra resources in time and expense. Any new skill such as computer use or graphics design should be considered time-consuming and most work will be done outside of the regular class period. It is further assumed that those who enter the course have a wide range of experience and expertise in the field. Ownership of a microcomputer is not required; however, access to one is a necessity. We will be using both Macs and PCs in this course.

Attendance Policy
Students are expected to be on time, attend all classes, and participate in class discussions, small group activities, exercises and projects. You may not receive class participation credit for missed classes and are responsible for missed information. However, emergencies can occur at any time and the instructor reserves the right, based on the individual situation, to accommodate a student with any emergency. A student missing class must complete all assignments to the satisfaction of the instructor before credit will be issued. Absences are not considered excused for job interviews, vacations, regular doctor's appointments, or general lack of planning. Students are granted one "free" absence, regardless of the situation. However multiple absences and excessive tardiness are considered unacceptable for success in this course and can be cause for a final grade reduction. Attendance will be taken every class session, and every unexcused absence after the "free" absence will cost you a 10 point deduction from your final grade.

Tardiness is disruptive and rude to your instructor and your fellow students and reflects badly on you - it can speak about your attitude and work ethic. Students arriving late to class should wait until the instructor, fellow student, or guest speaker is finished talking and should take a seat close to the door. Excessive tardiness = 20 minutes late more than two times.

Computer Lab Etiquette
While your instructor, your peer, or guest lecturer is conducting a presentation you are expected to pay complete attention to what they are presenting. It is not only rude, but also distracting to the presenter and other students in class when you are working on the computer or behaving in any manner that is disruptive to them. If you are engaging in activities such as surfing the web, writing a paper, reading/writing email, working on class assignments, answering your cell phone, or any other disruptive activities in class you will be asked to leave for the day. Please make sure that your cell phone and/or beeper are turned off or set on vibrate.

Students with Special Needs
Northern Illinois University abides by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which stipulates that no student shall be denied the benefits of an education solely by reason of a handicap. Disabilities covered by law include, but are not limited to learning disabilities and hearing, sight or mobility impairments. Your success as a student is of utmost importance to me. If you have a disability or any other special circumstance that may have some impact on your work in this class, and for which you may require special accommodations, please contact me early in the semester so that accommodations can be made in a timely manner. The NIU Center for Access-Ability Resources (CAAR), located on the 4th floor of the University Health Service (753-1303), is the designated office on campus to provide services and accommodations to students with diagnosed disabilities. You need to provide documentation of your disability to this office. For more information, visit the CARR website:

LiveText, Blackboard, & Z-ID
LiveText and the course Blackboard site is your guide to this course. You will use it to obtain and complete assignments, access information and course materials, engage in online discussions, view your grades, and as a communication tool. Please remember that your LiveText user ID and password may not be the same with your Z-ID. It is what you decided to use when you created a LiveText account.

You will need your Z-ID and password to enter Blackboard. You may obtain your Z-ID through the NIU Electronic Phonebook or by calling 815-752-7738. Call the Information Technology Services (ITS) help desk at 815-753-8100 or go to if you are experiencing difficulty with your Z-ID, accessing your e-mail, or the World Wide Web.

Additional Resources & Instructional Assistance

Blackboard contains information and web links for on-campus and web-based resources through the "Services" link.

TLEE 382 Clinical Experiences

During the semester you will be engaged in your clinical experiences. For details please refer to the Northern Illinois University Elementary Education Clinical Web site at:

Dispositions for Teaching
Dispositions for teaching are assessed and monitored throughout all classes. All students are required to read the dispositions information posted on the program web page ( Questions regarding the dispositions assessment protocol, the support process, or the dispositions forms should be directed to the Dispositions Coordinator at 815-753-8223.


Topic Readings/Assignment
Introduction, Course Website, LiveText, Blackboard, and New Media Literacies

Watch Video and read Executive Summary of White Paper
Instructional Technology and Technology Purchase Simulation
Smaldino et al. Ch. 1 & Ch. 2
The simulation at:
Technology Purchase Simulation, Engaged Learning, and Technology Standards
Tinzmann, Rasmussen, & Foertsch (1999)

Media Evaluation and Ethics and Security
Shelly et al. posted on Blackboard
Multimedia and Online Learning
--Revised Asynchronous Online Session--
Class will not meeting during regular hours, but you will have to complete designated tasks on Blackboard
Smaldino et al. Ch 5 and Ch 7
Smaldino et al. Ch 4

Interview a Technology Coordinator, Media Specialist, or a Principal


Visual Principles
Smaldino et al. Ch. 3
Future Technologies: Open Source, Web 2.0, Cloud Computing, and Robotics
Smaldino et al. Ch. 12

Media Evaluation

 ASSURE Project Prep
--Online Session--
Student Task
Report Group Progress on BlackBoard
11/5 Video Production and Editing Preparation--Storyboard
Guest Lecturer
Smaldino et al. Ch. 11
Video Production and Editing
Classroom Teaching and Learning Activities Observation
Finish Videos and Assure Group Work Time
Group Assure Project and Presentation
ASSURE Project and Presentation

Last Updated January 19, 2011