ELD-325 Instructional Technology

Spring 2015

Dr. Susan Cramer

Course Description
A basic course in the selection and utilization of media and computers in the teaching-learning process. Media technology is studied as a means of enhancing and improving learning. Prerequisite: Admission I and EdL 205.
(3 credits)

Course Objectives
The student will:
  • Demonstrate use of electronic communication (email), word processing, draw, hypermedia, multimedia, digital imaging, spreadsheets, and web searching.
  • Lead and participate in discussions on technology related issues.
  • Evaluate commercial and/or teacher produced media.
  • Define technology related terminology.
  • Design and defend an educational unit that utilizes a variety of media and other resources to promote authentic student learning.
  • Define distance education and describe how it can be used in teaching and learning.

Policies and Expectations
  • Plagiarism - See University rules http://www.uwosh.edu/dean/conduct.htm. Copyright and Fair Use apply!!! Demonstrate ethical behavior.
  • Homework - Anticipate allocating 2-3 hours outside of class for each hour you are in class. Those of you who are already tech savvy should push yourself to explore beyond your current knowledge base.
  • Before class - Review daily calendar, complete any items that indicate they should be done before class. Bring any handouts to class as indicated.
  • Assist members of your work group. Attend class each session. When you find yourself unable to attend due to illness or other professional commitment, please contact me and your group via email alerting us that you will be missing and why. Points lost when absent. (Consider attending via Skype.)
  • Ask questions. Explore and discover. Make mistakes!
  • Develop a positive attitude toward technology (even when it doesn't work!).
  • If an assignment does not fit your needs, see the instructor to arrange an alternative. Push yourself to master new technology areas or features and ways technology may be integrated into the classroom to improve student learning.

Required Texts and Materials
  1. Williams, R. (any edition). The Non-Designer's Design Book: Design and Typographic Principles for the Visual Novice. Peachpit Press.
  2. Dvoracek, N. (any edition) PowerPoint and Digital Imaging Manual. or http://idea.uwosh.edu/nick/usingppt.htm and http://idea.uwosh.edu/nick/digitalimaging.htm
  3. A sense of adventure, humor, and cooperation.
  4. Optional - floppy disks, zip disks, jump drive, CD-R, or CD-RW. You will be saving your work to your student account. If you want to also save it in another medium, that's fine too.

Tentative Daily Outline
See Daily Calendar page

Complete ALL assignments in a high quality manner, earn a B.

To earn an A, go above and beyond. Be more creative, and/or create more technology activities and samples, and/or work with a teacher and his/her students, and/or work with a UW Oshkosh faculty member as a tech mentor/tutor, and/or _. Create a page in your wiki documenting and telling how you have gone above and beyond. Go ahead, do it!

A = 100-96%
A- = 95-90%
B+ = 89-87%
B = 86-84%
B- = 83-80%
C+ = 79-77%
C = 76-74%
Below 74% = Incomplete

Wisconsin Teacher Standards Addressed
  • PI 34.02 (4) The teacher understands and uses a variety of instructional strategies, including the use of technology to encourage children's development of critical thinking, problem solving, and performance skills.
  • PI 34.02(6) The teacher uses effective verbal and nonverbal communication techniques as well as instructional media and technology to foster active inquiry, collaboration, and supportive interaction in the classroom.

ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) Teacher Standards 2008
1. Facilitate and Inspire Student Learning and Creativity
Teachers use their knowledge of subject matter, teaching and learning, and technology to facilitate experiences that advance student learning, creativity, and innovation in both face-to-face and virtual environments.
a. promote, support, and model creative and innovative thinking and inventiveness.
b. engage students in exploring real-world issues and solving authentic problems using digital tools and resources.
c. promote student reflection using collaborative tools to reveal and clarify students' conceptual understanding and thinking, planning, and creative processes.
d. model collaborative knowledge construction by engaging in learning with students, colleagues, and others in face-to-face and virtual environments.

2. Design and Develop Digital-Age Learning Experiences and Assessments
Teachers design, develop, and evaluate authentic learning experiences and assessment incorporating contemporary tools and resources to maximize content learning in context and to develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes identified in the NETS•S.
a.design or adapt relevant learning experiences that incorporate digital tools and resources to promote student learning and creativity.
b. develop technology-enriched learning environments that enable all students to pursue their individual curiosities and become active participants in setting their own educational goals, managing their own learning, and assessing their own progress.
c. customize and personalize learning activities to address students' diverse learning styles, working strategies, and abilities using digital tools and resources.
d.provide students with multiple and varied formative and summative assessments aligned with content and technology standards and use resulting data to inform learning and teaching.

3. Model Digital-Age Work and Learning
Teachers exhibit knowledge, skills, and work processes representative of an innovative professional in a global and digital society.
a. demonstrate fluency in technology systems and the transfer of current knowledge to new technologies and situations.
b.collaborate with students, peers, parents, and community members using digital tools and resources to support student success and innovation.
c. communicate relevant information and ideas effectively to students, parents, and peers using a variety of digital-age media and formats.
d.model and facilitate effective use of current and emerging digital tools to locate, analyze, evaluate, and use information resources to support research and learning.

4. Promote and Model Digital Citizenship and Responsibility
Teachers understand local and global societal issues and responsibilities in an evolving digital culture and exhibit legal and ethical behavior in their professional practices.
a.advocate, model, and teach safe, legal, and ethical use of digital information and technology, including respect for copyright, intellectual property, and the appropriate documentation of sources.
b. address the diverse needs of all learners by using learner-centered strategies providing equitable access to appropriate digital tools and resources.
c.promote and model digital etiquette and responsible social interactions related to the use of technology and information.
d.develop and model cultural understanding and global awareness by engaging with colleagues and students of other cultures using digital-age communication and collaboration tools.

5. Engage in Professional Growth and Leadership
Teachers continuously improve their professional practice, model lifelong learning, and exhibit leadership in their school and professional community by promoting and demonstrating the effective use of digital tools and resources.
a.participate in local and global learning communities to explore creative applications of technology to improve student learning.
b.exhibit leadership by demonstrating a vision of technology infusion, participating in shared decision making and community building, and developing the leadership and technology skills of others.
c.evaluate and reflect on current research and professional practice on a regular basis to make effective use of existing and emerging digital tools and resources in support of student learning.
d.contribute to the effectiveness, vitality, and self-renewal of the teaching profession and of their school and community.

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