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Instructor: Mark Olofson (email@example.com) Meeting dates and times: June 30 - July 11, 2014: M-Th, 9:00am – 12pm, 1:30pm – 3:30pm. Online session July 11 – July 25 Location: Mac Lab in Waterman-113T Course Description: Devices such as tablets, smartphones, and laptops have changed the way that the people and organizations in our communities interact. In this course, students will uncover and illuminate educational and practical uses of technological tools while mastering their functions. Using a number of 21st century educational techniques, students will explore the place for powerful technology in their lives and understand and evaluate others’ representation of their tech use. Using an action research framework, students will propose and follow through with projects in their communities or schools incorporating their newly-developed toolbox. They will report and reflect on the experience of the project and propose future steps. Students will also have the opportunity to present their findings or instruct in the use of a tool at a summer camp for middle grades students. Goals: Foster mutually beneficial relationships between students and their own community based on interests and skills. Empower students to support their own educational goals with technology Encourage deep understanding of the power and place for technology in the students’ everyday lives Learning Outcomes: Students will demonstrate proficiency with three different technological tools or skills for education, leadership, and empowerment. Students will master a tool or skill and create a presentation and lesson to teach their peers. Students will work with a school or organization of their own choosing in order to support them in a collaboratively determined way through the use of new technology. Students will reflect on the place of technology in their lives and their world.
General Course Information Course Policies/Expectations: Students are expected to participate fully in all course activities and to give their best effort in homework, assignments, and projects. Collaboration: Students are expected to work individually and collaboratively with other students as well as with community members. Collaborations will require the full effort of all parties, as well as open communication. Students are expected to maintain professional and respectful levels of communication with all involved parties. No food or drink policy: We will be conducting class in a computer lab. No food or drink is permitted. Technology policy: Please bring your own devices with you to class. These will help you make sense of the course content and interact with each other and the class. Please do not allow personal use of these devices to become a distraction. Problematic personal use (including gaming) will lead to the loss of device usage privileges during the course. Students are expected to do all of their communication related to this course through their UVM email and/or blackboard. Use of private email addresses is discouraged. If you have any questions or concerns about assignments, coursework, class policies, etc., please contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org) so that I may address them. If you do not feel comfortable speaking with me about the issue, please contact another adult who could then talk with me. Attendance Expectations: You are expected to attend all classes for the full duration of the session. If you must miss class, leave early, or arrive late, please inform the instructor beforehand if possible. Unexcused absences will result in the lowering of your grade. Religious Observance: The official policy for excused absences for religious holidays: Students have the right to practice the religion of their choice. Each semester students should submit in writing to their instructors by the end of the second full week of classes their documented religious holiday schedule for the semester. Faculty must permit students who miss work for the purpose of religious observance to make up this work.
Contributions in Class: Students are expected to participate in all classroom discussions, assignments, and projects. I understand that not all students will have identical skills, and so it is also expected that students work with each other in order to use each other as resources through the course of the class. Participation and collaboration will be factored in to the final grade. Academic Honesty & Professionalism: All students are required to be familiar with and adhere to the “Academic Honesty Policy Procedures” delineated in the following website. http://www.uvm.edu/~uvmppg/ppg/student/acadintegrity.pdf ). Accommodations: Accommodations will be provided to eligible students with disabilities. Please obtain an accommodation letter from the ACCESS office and see one of the instructors early in the course to discuss what accommodations will be necessary. If you are unfamiliar with ACCESS, visit their website at http://www.uvm.edu/access to learn more about the services they provide. ACESS: A-170 Living Learning Center, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT 05405. PH: 802-656-7753, TTY: call 711 (relay), Fax: 802-656-0739, Email: email@example.com, Instant Messenger: UVMaccess. General office hours: 8:30am – 4:30pm Monday through Friday. Call to make an appointment. Required and/or recommended readings: A number of online resources will be made available on the course blackboard site. There is no required textbook. Week-by-Week Reading Rubric: Students will be expected to view or read approximately one hour of material every day. Electronic Submissions/Internet Use: - If applicable Students will be expected to obtain and submit materials through the course blackboard site. Students will be required to check their personal email on a daily basis in the time period leading up to the course as well as during the online project work period. Students will refrain from accessing illegal or inappropriate content on the UVM network. Reputable websites will be used for research, and students will cite any sources from which they use content. Student Evaluation/Assessment
Grading: Students will be evaluated based on their mastery, effort, productivity, collaboration, and project completion. An A grade will require exceeding expectations on most of the assignments, while meeting expectations in all areas. A B grade will require meeting expectations in all areas, while exceeding in a few. A C grade will correspond to meeting expectations in most areas, but only partially meeting expectations in some areas. The approximate grading scale is: ≥93%: A ≥90% : A≥87%: B+ ≥ 83%: B ≥ 80%: B≥ 77%: C+ ≥73%: C ≥70% C-
Description of Class Assignments: Technology tool mastery: we will discuss tools and skills related to online technologies which would make sense for you for your personal and educational development to learn and master. You will demonstrate mastery by creating an agreed-upon product using each tool. These demonstrations will take place during the first Thursday of the class. Technology tool presentation: for one tool or skill, you will create a presentation explaining the features, benefits, and drawbacks of a selected tech tool. You may complete this assignment groups of 2s or 3s. These presentations will happen the second week of class. Project proposal: You will write a formal proposal for your final project, based on discussions among you, me, and your community-based organization. This proposal will constitute a contract between you, your organization, and me. The proposal is due the second Monday of class. Final Project Report: You will complete your final project and report out about it in some agreed-upon way. This could take the shape of a website, video, blog, picture essay, or combination of many different media. Your final project is due July 25, although is highly recommended to submit the project early. Final reflection: following the completion of your final project, you will submit a final written reflection. Scoring Rubrics: Rubrics will be supplied on the course Blackboard site.
Percentage Contribution of Each Assignment: 10%: In class participation
15% Technology tool mastery 20% Technology tool presentation 10% Project proposal 40% Final project 5% Final reflection Instructional Sequence: - List the course topics for each scheduled class meeting date including readings and assignment due dates. Day 1 morning: Introductions, policies, learning plan creation and approval Day 1 afternoon: Teaching and pedagogy frameworks, instruction and practice Day 1 homework: Self video essay Day 2 morning: Video essay presentations, tech tool discovery and self guided practice Day 2 afternoon: Final project introduction and brainstorm Day 2 homework: Make contact with your organization, locate and learn tools from screencasts Day 3 morning: Tech tool practice and mastery Day 3 afternoon: Group work around lesson presentations Day 3 homework: Continue tech tool mastery and artifact creation Day 4 morning: Finalize artifacts, individual check-ins around project communication Day 4 afternoon: tech tool artifact gallery walk Weekend homework: project proposal Day 5 morning: submit project proposal. Meet with group to finalize presentations Day 5 afternoon: group presentations Day 5 homework: readings about millennial generation and technology Day 6 morning: discussions about readings. Day 6 afternoon: guest speaker Day 6 homework: Written reflection on the day Day 7 morning: Technology survey completion. Individual check-in about projects. Day 7 afternoon: Project work time and individual check-in Day 7 homework: Timeline for the completion of your project (next two weeks) Day 8 morning: meetings about timelines and access to support Day 8 afternoon: closing activities Weeks 3 and 4: continued final project work, minimum of two in process emails during week 3. Final project due before July 25. Supplemental Readings: These readings will be posted on the course blackboard site.