Technology and the K-12 Curriculum Online


Enhancing Standards Based Instruction with Technology


Course Outline


Course Description

This course is designed to provide students with strategies for integrating instructional resources into all areas of the PK-12 curriculum in alignment with state and national standards.

Objectives

  • Explain components that make up the digital curriculum.
  • Compare and contrast teaching styles and lessons with and without the digital curriculum.
  • Compare and contrast the effects of No Child Left Behind, National Technology Plan, and 21st Century Skills on the curriculum.
  • Interpret results of research in education to describe the effect of technology on achievement.
  • Generate activities demonstrating proper technology integration planning techniques
  • Evaluate a piece of K-12 educational software
  • Evaluate a Web site appropriate for K-12 students
  • Design a comprehensive lesson plan incorporating an evaluated piece of educational software and an evaluated Web site
  • Compose a primer on organizing and managing technology enhanced instruction in the K-12 classroom
  • Evaluate a classroom setting to determine technology placement in the classroom
  • Generate activities demonstrating the correct method to incorporate and present productivity tool and World Wide Web enhanced lessons
  • Incorporate multiple productivity software tools into K-12 lessons
  • Design activities instructing teachers on using the Internet and incorporating the World Wide Web into K-12 lessons
  • Design a product instructing teachers on planning and presenting technology enhanced presentations
  • Defend the use of technology use in assessing and evaluating student work
  • Demonstrate various methods of using technology to assess and evaluate student achievement
  • Create and critique technology integrated multidisciplinary units
  • Design technology integrated multidisciplinary units for specific content areas
  • Critique integrated multidisciplinary units for specific content areas
  • Incorporate knowledge of professional practice for technology use to create materials for other teachers
  • Generate examples of using technology for professional enrichment
  • Compile a resource for K-12 students and teachers on computer ethics
  • Design and critique online learning activities
  • Evaluate off the shelf distance learning software
  • Design a Web site to teach a K-12 subject online
  • Analyze the impact of emerging technologies on education
  • Appraise uses for emerging technologies that will positively impact student achievement
  • Design a presentation for a specific audience to promote technology integration in the K-2 environment
  • Critique the ISTE Advocacy Skills Toolkit and generate a presentation promoting technology integration

Curriculum Design & Time Requirements

This course will emphasize best practices for integrating standards based technology-rich lessons in a K-12 setting. This is an online sixty-hour, three credit graduate level course that is completed over a thirteen-week period.

Hardware & Computer Skill Requirements

Students may use either a Macintosh computer or a PC with Windows 2000 or higher. Students should possess basic word processing skills and have internet access with an active e-mail account. Students also are expected to have a basic knowledge of how to use a Web browser, such as Microsoft Internet Explorer, Safari, Mozilla Firefox etc.

Students must have access to Microsoft PowerPoint. A trial version of PowerPoint can be downloaded for free at http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/try/.

Course Materials

The required text for this course is Using Technology in the Classroom by Gary Bitter and Jane Legacy (2006). The textbook and an extensive Recommended Reading List will be provided for all students. In addition, online readings and website reviews (including journal articles and best practices from the body of educational research) will be assigned during the course to enhance learning. These readings will be presented as annotated websites within the course content.

Session Outline

Session 1: Effects of the Information Age on Education
Objective: Students will explain how technology has impacted the K-12 curriculum.
Contents:
  1. Explain components that make up the digital curriculum.
  2. Compare and contrast teaching styles and lessons with and without the digital curriculum.
  3. Compare and contrast the effects of No Child Left Behind National Technology Plan, and 21st Century Skills on the curriculum.
  4. Interpret results of research in education to describe the effect of technology on achievement.

Session 2: Planning for Technology - Rich Instruction
Objective: Students will generate activities demonstrating proper technology integration planning techniques.
Contents:
  1. Evaluate a piece of educational software.
  2. Evaluate a Website appropriate for K-12 students.
  3. Design a comprehensive lesson plan incorporating an evaluated piece of educational software and an evaluated Website.

Session 3: Organizing and Managing Technology Enhanced Instruction
Objective: Students will create technology management plans.
Contents:
  1. Design a floor plan for a one computer classroom, floor plan for a 5 computer classroom, and a floor plan for a classroom in which every student has a laptop.
  2. Create a "How to Organize and Manage Technology Enhanced Instruction" primer for the teachers in your school or district.

Session 4: Productivity Tool, World Wide Web and Presenting Technology Enhanced Lessons
Objective: Students will generate activities demonstrating the correct method to incorporate and present productivity tool and World Wide Web enhanced lessons.
Contents:
  1. Incorporate multiple productivity software tools into K-12 lessons.
  2. Design activities instructing teachers on using the Internet and incorporating the World Wide Web into K-12 lessons.
  3. Design a product instructing teachers on planning and presenting technology enhanced presentations.

Session 5: Assessing and Evaluating Technology Enhanced Lessons
Objective: Students will defend the use of technology use in assessing and evaluating student work.
Contents:
  1. Demonstrate various methods of using technology to assess and evaluate student achievement.

Session 6: Technology in the Content Areas
Objective: Students will demonstrate the ability to create and critique technology integrated multidisciplinary units.
Contents:
  1. Design technology integrated multidisciplinary units for specific content areas.
  2. Critique integrated multidisciplinary units for specific content areas.

Session 7: Professional Practice
Objective: Students will incorporate knowledge of professional practice for technology use to create materials for other teachers.
Contents:
  1. Generate examples of using technology for professional enrichment.
  2. Compile a resource for K-12 students and teachers on computer ethics.

Session 8: Designing Online Instruction
Objective: Students will design and critique online learning activities.
Contents:
  1. Evaluate off the shelf distance learning software.
  2. Design a website to teach a K-12 subject online.

Session 9: Emerging Technologies
Objective: Students will analyze the impact of emerging technologies on education.
Contents:
  1. Decide on uses for emerging technologies that will positively impact student achievement.

Session 10: Promoting Technology Integration
Objective: Students will design a presentation for a specific audience to promote technology integration in the K-12 environment.
Contents:
  1. Critique the ISTE Advocacy Skills Toolkit and generate a presentation promoting technology integration.

Grading

  Assignment Points   Grading Scale  
  Reflection Assignments    30      100 – 93 A
  Multidisciplinary Unit  100       92 – 85 B
  School/District Presentation    50       84 – 77 C
  Completed Website    50      
  Total Points  230    

Student Academic Integrity

Participants guarantee that all academic class work is original. Any academic dishonesty or plagiarism (to take ideas, writings, etc. from another and offer them as one's own), is a violation of student academic behavior standards as outlined by our partnering colleges and universities and is subject to academic disciplinary action.

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