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501: Syllabus


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501: Syllabus

  1. 1. Introduction to Educational Technology EDTECH 501 Spring Semester,Dr. Dennis BeckCollege of EducationBoise State University352-219-0223dennisbeck@boisestate.eduAOL Instant messenger: drdenbeckOffice Hours: Monday, 11 AM – 12 PM, Wednesday, 11 AM – 12 PM, Thur., 10 AM – 12 PM & byappointment Course Description This course provides students with an overview of the field of Educational Technology with an emphasis on K-12 education. Students will identify helpful resources and standards, discuss ethical, legal, and human issues involvingcomputing, and find and summarize major research findings and trends related to the use oftechnology in education.The internet will be our textbook to explore the target areas listed below: Leadership in Educational Technology Equity Issues/Concerns Standards Staff Development Technology Use Planning Research in the Use of Technology for Teaching/Learning Course Goals/Objectives gain a comprehensive understanding of the field of educational technology develop attributes necessary to becoming a leader in promoting the use of technology for teaching and learning identify current technology resources including professional organizations, publications, grant sources, and on-line sources of information that support and enhance the curriculum. analyze and discuss current issues affecting the evolution of technology. discuss ethical, legal and human issues involving the integration of technology. examine, critique and develop a technology use plan. gain an understanding of the role of technology in teaching and learning. summarize major research findings and trends related to the use of technology in
  2. 2. education to support integration of technology in a K-12 environment. describe resources and strategies for staff development. analyze and synthesize research in educational technology. Standards (AECT) Association for Educational Communications and TechnologyStandard 1: Design1.4 Learner CharacteristicsDemonstrate in-depth synthesis and evaluation of research related to the use of technology forstudent learning. Research synthesis paperStandard 3: UtilizationUse current educational technology research findings to evaluate the optimum use oftechnology for teaching and learning. Research synthesis paper3.4 Policies and RegulationsIdentify and apply standards for the use of educational technology. Tech Use PlanIdentify and apply policies which incorporate professional ethics within practice.Identify and apply copyright and fair use guidelines within practice.Identify ethical, legal and human issues involving the integration of technology. Case StudyStandard 4: ManagementDemonstrate leadership attributes with individuals and groups.Establish mission, goals, and objectives for a school or organization technology use plan thatalign with and support those of the local school district and/or community.Develop a plan involving collaboration with school administration and staff in promoting theuse of technology for teaching and learning. Tech Use Plan4.1 Project ManagementDetermine appropriate technology use plan techniques for developing an effective plan forensuring the use of technology for teaching and learning. Tech Use Plan Critique4.2 Resource ManagementIdentify effective professional development models to train administrators, faculty and staff tobe efficient users of technology. Tech Use PlanStandard 5: Evaluation5.1 Problem AnalysisApply knowledge of current trends and issues in the field of educational technology. CaseStudy5.2 Criterion-Referenced MeasurementIdentify appropriate data to support decision-making for technology use in a school ororganization. Needs Assessment Instrument5.3 Formative and Summative EvaluationIdentify appropriate evaluation strategies to determine effectiveness of technology use in aschool and/or organization. Tech Use Plan
  3. 3. Conceptual FrameworkCollege of Education Conceptual FrameworkThe Professional EducatorDepartment of Educational TechnologyMission Statement Course PoliciesProcedures - each week follow the instructions contained in Blackboard for the week.Instructions will be located in the assignments area of Blackboard and will contain a link to oneor more audio presentations discussing the week’s activities.Communication – the instructor will respond to emails and/or phone calls in a timely manner– usually within 24 hours (weekdays, but 48 hours on a weekend). If you do not receive a timelyresponse, please contact him again to make sure that the communication was received. Yourinstructor will communicate with you through your BSU BroncoMail account so be sure tocheck your email often.Posting of Assignments – assignments will always be posted at least one week in advance ofthe assignment due date giving you a minimum of one week to complete. Be aware that theuniversity “recommends that you plan on 3-4 hours of course work per credit per week forDistance Ed classes. For example, a 3-credit class would require 9-12 hours of your time perweek (BSU Distance Education).”Assignment Submissions – all assignments must be submitted on Tuesday of each week bymidnight Mountain Standard Time (MST). Due dates and assignment requirements will beclearly outlined in Blackboard. Completed assignments will generally be sent as an attachmentto an email (titled as “Your last Name Week ___”), uploaded in the digital dropbox, or mayrequire postings in the Discussion Area. I will try to send you an email to let you know that Ihave received the assignment within 24 hours. (Remember: Always save a copy of yourassignment (hard drive and on another storage medium)Feedback/grades – your assignments will be reviewed and evaluated by the instructor withinone week after the assignment due date. Depending upon the assignment, you will receive arubric with comments or receive points earned for assignment completion. Please check thegradebook area of Blackboard by the Tuesday following the assignment due date. If you do nothave an assigned grade, please contact the instructor.Late assignments - late assignments may be reduced in grade by 10% for every day they arelate.Special Circumstances – please let the instructor know of any events/circumstances thatmay affect your ability to submit an assignment on time prior to the due date.
  4. 4. Technical Difficulties – on occasion, you may experience problems with accessingBlackboard or class files located within Blackboard, with your Internet service, and/or othercomputer related problems. Do make the instructor aware if a technical problem preventsyou from completing coursework. BSU Help Desk (Broncomail) ‐  Blackboard Assistance –  Academic Honesty – all students are required to abide by Boise State UniversitysStudent Code of Conduct on academic dishonesty. completed must be your original work and cannot be used in other courses inthe Edtech program.Reasonable Accommodations - Any student who feels s/he may need accommodationsbased on the impact of a disability should contact me privately to discuss your specific needs.You will also need to contact the Disability Resource Center at 208-426-1583 located in theAdministration Building, room 114 to meet with a specialist and coordinate reasonableaccommodations for any documented disability. For more information on the BSU DisabilityResource Center (DRC) see the web site at Schedule Week Assignment Due Date Wk. 1 - 6 The Field of Educational Technology 1 Course Introduction/Orientation 1/27/2009 2 Overview of the field 2/3/2009 3 Keeping current 2/10/2009 4 Issues and Concerns 2/17/2009 5 Issues and Concerns 2/24/2009 6 Issues and Concerns 3/3/2009 Wk. 7 - 11 Planning for Technology Use 7 Tech Use Plan Critique 3/10/2009 8 Needs Assessment Instrument 3/17/2009
  5. 5. 9 Spring Break – no assignments 10 Reading Assignment 3/31/2009 11 Tech Use Plan Presentation 4/7/2009 Wk. 12-15 Research in Educational Technology 12 Reading/Analyzing 4/14/2009 13 Reading/Analyzing 4/21/2009 14 Synthesis Paper Outline 4/28/2009 15 Synthesis Paper Deadline - Friday 5/8/2008 Grading Policy Final Grade Grade Scale 94 – 100% = A 90 – 93% = A - 87 – 89% = B + Weekly assignments - 30% 84 – 86% = B Synthesis paper - 40% 80 – 83% = B - Technology Use Plan Presentation - 30% 77 – 79% = C +   74 – 76% = C 70 – 73% = C - 67 – 69% = D + 64 – 66% = D 60 – 63% = D - 59 – Below = F