INTC 3610: Technology for Educators Spring 2011Class: Tuesday and Thursday, D-019 10:30 – 12:20 (4 Credit Course)Instructor: Douglas M. Harvey, D.Ed.Office: F-136Office Hours: Tuesday and Thursday, by appointmentPhone: 609-652-4770 (O)E-mail: email@example.comCourse DescriptionAccording to the Partnership for 21st Century Skills (P21):Learning and innovation skills increasingly are being recognized as the skills that separatestudents who are prepared for increasingly complex life and work environments in the 21stcentury, and those who are not. A focus on creativity, critical thinking, communication andcollaboration is essential to prepare students for the future.Groups such as P21 and the International Society for Technology in education (ISTE), as well asthe major stakeholders in the education system (administrators, teacher’s unions, statedepartments of education) all agree that technology integration is a key tool to meeting the goalswe have for the 21st century student. It is with this in mind that the Technology for Educatorscourse has been designed.This class is designed for prospective schoolteachers to integrate a wide variety of technologiesinto their curriculum. This course provides hands-on experiences with the possibilities andpotentials of technology for education. Instead of teaching about the technology, it focuses onhow teachers can apply technology effectively to promote students’ learning including problemsolving, communication and critical thinking skills. Through projects, prospective teachersdevelop lesson plans that they will include in an electronic portfolio demonstrating theirunderstanding of effective technology infusion. They can then take this portfolio out into theirown classrooms.
are expected to have access to computing resources including software outside of class in orderto complete assignments.Special NeedsIf you need accommodations for any sort of documented physical or learning disability, pleasespeak to the instructor by the second week of class.GradingThroughout the course, you will create a portfolio consisting of a series of projects that aremeant to fit together and showcase your ability to integrate technology in to your teaching. Yourfinal grade will be based on the totality of your work, so make sure to always keep a currentback up copy of your work as you go. Failure to provide a completed portfolio at the end of thecourse will result in a drop of at least one letter grade. A A- B+ B B- C+ C C- D F 100-94 90-93 89-87 86-84 83-80 79-77 76-74 73-70 69-65 64-0Attendance and Class ParticipationAttendance is extremely important if you are to learn the variety of material being covered. Ifyou must be absent, it is your responsibility to notify the instructor prior to class starting, and tocatch up on the missed class content (hand-outs, class exercise, assignment, etc.). Also note thatthere are absolutely no extensions for late assignments, and no incompletes or extensions will begiven for the course. However, assignments may be resubmitted for possible grade changes upuntil the final day of class, provided the original assignment is turned in on time.You are also expected to participate in class discussion and activities, and communicate with theinstructor as needed. Professionalism is expected at all times in your treatment of others in theclass, and especially on site visits to schools and conferences. You are asked to dress in casualyet professional attire for such visits, out of respect for our hosts and to make a good impression(never know who might be interviewing you someday!). As per strict college policy, no food ordrink is allowed in the computer lab.
Mini-Projects (80%)There will be seven (8) mini-projects due. You are required to turn these projects in on paperand on disk (where appropriate) and they are due on the date listed in the syllabus (noextensions).Note: Resubmissions are allowed in order to correct and earn more points for a project only iforiginal submission on time, and may be resubmitted up until the final class meeting.These mini-projects are meant to show your grasp of the concepts covered in class, and assessyour application of those concepts to educational settings. In each case the mini-projects shouldbe relevant to the context to which you aspire to teach – if you want to be a history teacher, theprojects should relate to teaching history; if you want to be an elementary school teacher, theprojects should be for that grade level. The mini-projects work best if they are inter-related, suchas pertaining to a large theme-based instructional unit (such as the study of local ecology, orregional geography). • Project 1 (10%): Blog or Wiki – Using Edublogs or Wikispaces, you will begin and maintain a blog or wiki related to technology and teaching relevant to your discipline or expected grade level. You will be expected to maintain your blog for two weeks, posting new entries on a daily basis, and read and comment on two of your classmates’ blogs weekly. • Project 2 (10%): Web Quest – Develop a Web Quest style activity for students to follow in order to find specific information regarding a topic.. We will be using the newer process for creating webquests, about which you can learn more by visiting http://bestwebquests.com/what_webquests_are.asp and http://ozline.com/entry/2010/08/agqtp-wq2/ ) • Project 3 (10%): Data – Based upon your Webquest, take the information collected and build a spreadsheet, database, presentation, or concept map as an example of what your students would produce as part of the Web Quest assignment. • Project 4 (10%): Visual – select from one of the following technologies to produce a set of visual materials for use in a lesson: Glogster, concept map, Flickr, or Google Earth. It is expected that you will create a lesson that incorporates those tools in such a way that your students will utilize the tools to gain knowledge about the topic. This lesson should be used as part of your Interactive Whiteboard project. • Project 5 (10%) Student Response Systems and Google Tools – Incorporate into a lesson the use of Google tools (such as a custom search engine) and the use of a Student Response System (“clickers”) to support student learning.] of a topic relevant to your grade level and subject area.
• Project 6 (10%): Interactive Whiteboard– We will have the opportunity to visit the Stockton home of the Southern Regional Institute (SRI) and Educational Technology Training Center (ETTC). For 3 class sessions we will travel to the SRI in Mays Landing for class. There you will have the opportunity to learn and use interactive whiteboard technology. You will be asked to create a short learning activity that utilizes the technology and present it to the class as if we were your students. NOTE: No extensions for this project. Arrangements for travel to the SRI are the responsibility of the student, and the instructor can arrange transport from the college provided he is notified by the end of the second week of class. If you have legitimate reasons for being unable to travel to the SRI, an alternative method for completing this project will provided if you notify the instructor by the end of the second week of class. • Project 7 (10%): Document Camera or Tablet/Handheld Device – Create a lesson that takes advantage of a document camera or a tablet/handheld device such as an iPad or an iPod Touch. Be sure to demonstrate how the technology affords students new ways to learn content or interact with the world around them. • Project 8 (10%): Audio/Video – Create a Voicethread, podcast or vodcast, or post a movie to your blog or a hosting site that should be done as part of a lesson and an example of what your students might create in response to your lesson.Assessment of these projects will be based on how well the project extends key components ofthe P21 goals and the NETS*T standards (see Assessment Pack for details). Assessment criteriawill relate to what degree your projects support students’:Learning and innovation Skills (50% of grade)• Creativity and Innovation• Critical Thinking and Problem Solving• Communication and CollaborationInformation, Media, and Technology Skills (50% of grade)• Information Literacy• Media Literacy• ICT (Information, Communications & Technology) Literacy
PLN Plan (5%)One of the most powerful things about Web 2.0 is its emphasis on social connections. As ateacher, creating an interconnection of various social connections (a Personal Learning Network,or PLN for short) can be a wonderful source for ideas, professional development, and support.Your PLN works in conjunction with your more traditional professional connections, such as in-building colleagues and district provided training, but allows you to access a much wider arrayof resources than you could without using the Web.You will be asked as part of this class to draw up a plan of how you would go about creatingyour PLN to help you stay current with technology integration, and I hope you will followthrough on that plan. The plan should include answering the following questions: 1. Which web based community site will you join and why? General teacher communities include Classroom 2.0 or the Educator’s PLN; some communities are specific to a discipline, (such as the English Companion Ning or Art Education 2.0). These communities are a wealth of resources and tend to be more formal in their organization. 2. Which tool(s) will you use for a smaller group of colleagues that you can turn to, such as Twitter or Facebook. These tools are more for fast exchanges or answering specific questions that require short answers. 3. Which professional organizations will you join, and which conferences will you target for annual attendance? ISTE or AECT (association for Educational Communications and Technology) are international groups; NJAET or NJECC are statewide organizations; and conferences range from large international conventions (NECC, ISTE’s annual conference, is in Philadelphia this coming June!) to smaller state affairs (such as My Classroom to Yours here at Stockton each spring). Often you will find other educators with a shared interest via this route. 4. Which websites, blogs, wikis, and podcasts will you follow regularly? This may include the use of an RSS reader that tells you when new content is added to a blog or a new podcast is made available. 5. Will you continue your blog/wiki or start a new one as part of your PLN? You could also start a podcast, or create a YouTube channel, or any other sharing site related to your professional interests. Remember that you can’t just take from your PLN – you need to share too. 6. What does your PLN “look” like? You should also include a graphic representation of your PLN - see http://edtechpost.wikispaces.com/PLE+Diagrams#stewart for examples.
Technology in the Classroom Experiences (5%)There are several opportunities for you to hear and see what teachers are using technology for intheir classrooms on a regular basis, as well as learn more about 21st Century Skills and the roleof technology. You are required to do the first option, and may choose between option 2 oroption 3 to complete the requirements for this assignment. You must fulfill 2 of the options toget any credit for this assignment; if you fulfill only one option, you will receive no points. 1) You will be required to participate in at least two (2) online lecture events at the Classroom 2.0 web site. Classroom 2.0 is an online community of educators interested in how technology can be used to improve learning. Go to http://www.classroom20.com and sign up so you can participate – there is no cost. The events are weekly webinars that are done using an online conferencing tool called eLuminate, which is also free and simple to download to your computer. If you wish to do the webinars in H-101, the computers there have been configured to support the software. You will be required to post your thoughts on each webinar session you “attend” on your blog or wiki, and they must be included in your portfolio. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2a) Public School Visits: Linwood and Absecon This is your chance to see technology in action, as on two separate dates we will have the opportunity to go into classrooms and observe teachers using technology. Both the Linwood and Absecon school districts have made technology integration a priority, and are excellent examples of how technology can enhance the curriculum. In order to get the full credit for this assignment, you must attend both of the visits. Arrangements for travel to the sites are the responsibility of the student, and the instructor can arrange transport from the college provided he is notified by the end of the second week of class. 2b) My Classroom to Yours Conference Attendance: The 2011 My Classroom to Yours Conference will be held on Wednesday March 16th from 8:30 to 3:00 here on campus at Stockton. This conference is sponsored by the Southern Regional Institute, the K-12 professional development arm of Stockton’s School of Education. It focuses on having classroom teachers share their best uses of technology in their teaching. This year’s theme is Create, Communicate and Collaborate, and the special registration for undergraduate Stockton students in the Teacher Education program is only $25, which includes a lunch! If you wish to attend, speak to Dr. Harvey. Info at www.ettc.net. Note that this conference takes place over Stockton’s Spring BreakIf you have legitimate reasons for being unable to go on the school visits or attend theconference, an alternative assignment will be given. In order to be given the alternativeassignment, you must notify me by the end of the second week of class that you have anirresolvable conflict on the dates of the visits or the conference. Last minute cancellations foremergencies need to be documented in order to be given the alternative assignment.
Final Portfolio (10%):Develop an instructional unit which utilizes all of the things you learned in class to teach yourcurrent or future students. You should do all assignments such that they are on the same topic,and include lesson plans and a rationale supporting why you are using the chosen technologytool. For example, develop a unit with lesson plans for your class that entails: • Blogging about their views on Presidential elections. • Completing a Webquest about Presidents of the United States that ends with students making a database to compare the traits, characteristics, and contributions to the country while in office of various US Presidents. • Make a Google map of the campaign trail of the primary elections, with pictures of the candidates and links to news stories about the campaign relevant to each stop. • Do an interactive whiteboard lesson in which students must match electoral votes to the fifty states using an interactive map. • Make a video or podcast that is meant to sway an undecided voter to vote for the candidate of their choice.If done correctly, each of your mini-project assignments should fit into your unit plan. The unitplan will be presented to the class, and when presented should use one of the technologiescovered to connect all the lessons together. In the Assessment Pack there is a rubric to help guideyour portfolio development and insure you touch upon all parts of the NETS*T.In presenting your portfolio, you should graphically show and link how your portfolio piecesmeet the NETS*T standards. For example, you might make a PowerPoint page that uses theNETS*T graphic (see below) and by clicking on each of the standards takes you to a slide thatshows each project that you feel relates to the standard.In lieu of a final presentation in class, this semester you will all be required to present yourportfolio at a showcase event in the atrium of F-Wing on Wednesday afternoon on April 27thfrom 5:00 to 5:45 PM. Unless you have an irresolvable conflict with another class at that time,you are expected to present. If you anticipate a conflict, you should notify me at least one monthprior to the showcase and an alternative presentation venue will be arranged. Failure to presentwill result in zero points being credited for the assignment.
ScheduleClass Date Topics Assignment Due 1 1/18 Introduction: Why use Technology? P21 Skills and the ISTE NETS*T 2 1/20 Blogging and Wikis: Prepare 3 1/25 Blogging and Wikis: Finalize Blog/Wiki Due 4 1/27 WebQuests - Prepare 5 2/1 WebQuests - Finalize WebQuest Due 6 2/3 Working with Data: Prepare 7 2/8 Working with Data - Finalize Data Project Due 8 2/10 Graphics and Visuals - Prepare 9 2/15 Graphics and Visuals - Finalize Visual Project Due 10 2/17 Open Class: Catch up & Revisions 11 2/22 Student Response Systems 12 2/24 Google Docs and Tools 13 3/1 Linwood Visit 14 3/3 Interactive Whiteboards –Prepare SRS/Google Project Due 15 3/8 SRI-ETTC Interactive Whiteboards –Prepare 16 3/10 SRI-ETTC Interactive Whiteboard Lesson Interactive Whiteboards - Present Due 17 3/15 NO CLASS – Spring Break 3/16 My Classroom to Yours Conference 18 3/17 NO CLASS – Spring Break 19 3/22 Document Cameras 20 3/24 Tablet and Handheld Devices (iPads/iPods) 21 3/29 Absecon Visit 22 3/31 NO CLASS -Advising 23 4/5 Audio and Video: Prepare Document Camera/Tablet or Handheld Device Lesson Due 24 4/7 Audio and Video: Prepare 25 4/12 Audio and Video: Finalize Audio or Video Project Due 26 4/14 Personal Learning Networks 27 4/19 Open Class: Catch up & Revisions 28 4/21 Final Portfolio – Bringing it all PLN Plan Due Together 29 4/26 Finish and Test Final Portfolios 30 4/27 Final Portfolio Poster Session Final Portfolio Due Wed Upper G-Wing