During this course, we will investigate how technology can support student learning in the content areas. Students will research and reflect on effective practices of integration, information literacy, and become familiar with a selection of educational tools.
While research does not show that technology alone makes a difference in student learning, there is convincing evidence that the appropriate use of technology can greatly support and enhance the student centered, inquiry based classroom.
- National and State Educational Technology Standards for Teachers and Students
- Technology integration into curriculum
- Educational software such as Inspiration
- Electronic grade books including spreadsheets
- Software evaluation
- Online rubric development
- Multimedia, including graphics and sound from various sources
- Telecommunications, including e-mail, Web 2.0 and internet (as a tool for research, teaching, and learning)
- Professional Development
- Ethics issues, AUP’s and common problems
- Web page creation and accessibility
Upon completion of this course, you will be:
- knowledgeable about computers operations: platforms, file management, troubleshooting, etc.
- able to use a computer effectively for concept mapping, data collection including grading, multi-media and graphics capabilities, both as a part of an effective curriculum and as a classroom management tool.
- able to use a computer effectively for research, teaching, and learning.
- able to use Inspiration to pre-write and organize thoughts
- able to build a basic website
- able to incorporate technology into the curriculum to attain specific learning goals
- familiar with emerging technologies for the classroom
- able to understand the benefits as well as the drawbacks of using technology in the classroom, with the ability to review and evaluate educational software/hardware to determine its value as a learning tool.
- competent in the use of e-mail, and aware of its applications in the classroom.
- able to use terminology relevant to educational technology
- able to discuss the National and State technology standards for teachers and students
- aware of ethical and security concerns relating to computers, and the proper resolution of these concerns.