EDU614 - Integrating Technology for
EDU630 - Integrating
Mathematics, Writing and Technology
Session 1 Agenda
Syllabus & course overview
Why technology? - a prezi presentation
Our class ning, The Gordon Teacher’s
Get everyone logged in
Gordon login and
Please introduce yourself
Where & what you teach or hope to teach
What is your favorite technology - does not
have to be “educational”
anything else you’d like to share
An Example of
an iMovie created on my iPad, uploaded to
Vimeo featuring my students using their TI-
Nspire CX handhelds and the Navigator
system I use in conjunction with my
Smartboard - all shared via twitter with Dan
Meyer - the author of the original activity
Take a short poll...
using your cell phone or computer.
Integrating Technology for All Students
A Prezi presentation
Please do not have any website open other
than those we are investigating.
Examples: Facebook, email except your
Gordon account to get links
Please do not text during class unless it is
EDU614 COURSE DESCRIPTION: Educational technology is
an essential learning tool for the 21st century classroom.
This course provides an opportunity to explore and gain
working knowledge of current instructional technologies.
Class demonstrations and hands-on exercises will focus on
systems and tools K-12 teachers may find in their districts
and schools. Students will become familiar with web 2.0
tools and their appropriate use in the K-12 classroom.
Students will be trained to use assistive technology and
adaptive communication technology.
Students will be able to:
become technologically literate teachers
incorporate appropriate technology and media in
prepare age appropriate teaching materials
using specified technologies
understand legal and ethical issues as they
apply to responsible and acceptable use of the
Internet, educational technology and other
Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts, and Other Powerful Web
Tools for Classrooms by Will Richardson
Who Owns the Learning by Alan November
This course is designed to use computers, the internet and
many platforms. It is expected that students entering class
have a working knowledge of the computer. If this is not
the case, you will need to spend extra time developing the
necessary computer skills to function effectively on the
platforms. If you have a deficiency in these area(s) you
need to take care of this in the first weeks of the course.
You will need to spend some time voluntarily in the lab
between classes. Speak to the instructor if you need
additional assistance in this area. You are also expected to
have a working username and email account. Contact CTS
if you do not have a working account.
This course is designed to be interactive. The success
of the course relies heavily on student participation,
which implies that all class members will be fully
prepared to participate both in class and on our class
Ning. During each class students are expected to
completely engage in class activities by exploring the
online tools shared. It is expected that no student will
have another website open; this includes email and
sites such as Facebook. Cell phone use is for
emergency only. If you fail to honor these guidelines
your participation grade will be lowered. Absences will
lower your participation grade.
Teacher Blog (60%): All course participants will
create a personal Weblog on our Ning
Community, The Gordon Teacher’s Collaborative.
You will be instructed how to add to and maintain
your Weblog during the first class session. A blog
entry addressing the assignment for each class is
due no later than Tuesday by 5 PM to allow
others time to read and comment on your blog.
Late submissions will lower your grade. Blog
posts should be well developed, thoroughly
written entries demonstrating thoughtful reflection.
Students are expected to write a minimum of 30
blog posts including to but not limited to the
★Reflections on readings and presentations
★Assignments: Diigo, videos & podcasts
★Interesting Websites, Blogs or other
★Responses to the reading of blogs through your
Students will offer at minimum two comments per
week on the blog entries of your classmates.
Participants will be shown how to develop an RSS
(Really Simple Syndication). Course participants
should maintain an RSS with a minimum of three
blogs (from outside the class). In response to
three different blog posts through the RSS
feed, students will compose a minimum of three
BoardMaker Assignment (5%):
Students will create a ten page
communication board using the
Boardmaker software. The board can
be either an assistive communication
tool or subject specific.
Mac or PC?
Final Project & Presentation (25%): With an
individually selected topic (with instructor approval)
you will create a final project and give a twenty-
minute presentation. You must demonstrate
proficiency in a chosen media environment and
application of technology. Include at least one of
the applications that you have learned in this
course. Develop, write and submit a detailed plan
on how you would incorporate this into your
classroom. In your presentation, share your plan
and explain what 21st century skills are addressed.
Proper attribution and citations must be provided.
Topics & Assignments
A group of posts are due once a week
Example: let’s look at the assignment for next week:
• Read the blog post: Why Teachers Should Blog. Respond in a blog post.
• Read Ch. 1 in Richardson text. Respond in a blog post.
• Read Ch. 2 in Richardson text. Respond in a blog post.
All blog entries are due by Tuesday at 5 PM. This is an
absolute deadline. You may of course post early. This
give folks two night for comments.
All communication with me needs to be
through Gordon email.
You can redirect Gordon Email to another
Best professional development for me
10 steps for Educators new to twitter
The following was prepared by Joey Estes
for a parent technology night.
Twitter is a Cool Tool
•By joining Twitter, you can connect with people all over the
world about things that interest you.
•Imagine having literally thousands of people to bounce ideas
off of, share best practices, and to give you
recommendations for your next good read.
•All information is shared via 140 characters or less.
Time to Join!
•Once you have decided that Twitter is something you would
like to explore, go to the website and sign up for an account.
• Once you have joined, you will
need to find people to follow.
• This means that you find
people who have the same
interests as you, or people you
• Maybe you want to know what
Time magazine has to say.
• Or maybe your kids are
interested in Justin Bieber.
Now it’s time to interact.
•Anytime you see the @ sign in front of a name, it is like
someone is talking to or about that person directly.
•You will often see a link that is a small jumble of letters and
numbers. This is a smaller link taking the place of a super long
•The real link looks like this:
Using a # is an easy way to follow a
conversation on a particular subject.
Every day there are new and different #’s the
•Why Teachers Should Be Using Twitter.
•Twitter Chat Tools
•Getting Started with Twitter in Schools
Accept invitation to EDU614 group
Use to bookmark any site we visit so you
can come back to it when the course is
Please sign up for a Google account before next
week’s class if you do not have one.