Marymount University ED554 RESB3 Summer 2012 Knight


School of Education and Human Services

Course Number ED 554 RESB3 Course Title Computers & Technology in the Classroom



Summer X

Year 2012

Name of Instructor Steven Knight Electronic Mail

Office and Extension Google Voice – 703.307.2982

Meeting Day and Time: May 18, June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, July 13, 27, plus additional online hours
Fridays, 6:00PM – 10:00. Reston – Room 5

Office Hours: By appointment Final: Integrated Lesson Unit Plan due July 31, 2012
ACADEMIC INTEGRITY By accepting this syllabus, you pledge to uphold the principles of Academic Integrity expressed by the Marymount University Community. You agree to observe these principles yourself and to defend them against abuse by others. SPECIAL NEEDS AND ACCOMMODATIONS Please advise the instructor of any special problems or needs at the beginning of the semester. If you seek accommodation based on disabilities, you should provide a Faculty Contact Sheet obtained through Disability Support Services located in Gerard Hall, 703-284-1615. STUDENT COPYRIGHT AUTHORIZATION For the benefit of current and future students, work in this course may be used for educational critique, demonstration, samples, presentations, and verification. Outside of these uses, work shall not be sold, copied, broadcast, or distributed for profit without student consent. Items submitted for this course also may be submitted to for analysis.

Marymount University ED554 RESB3 Summer 2012 Knight


WEATHER AND EMERGENCY INFORMATION LINE 703-526-6888 (Off-campus); Ext. 6888 (On-campus)

Due to the intensive nature of this course; Students are expected to attend all sessions for six hours each day, M – F. Any absence for any reason will necessarily require a re-assessment of your continued participation in the class. Your job, this semester, is to complete this course successfully.

1. BROAD PURPOSE OF COURSE An introductory, hands-on course designed to acquaint preservice teachers with the integration of technology into an educational curriculum, including multimedia, evaluation of educational software, and an introduction to telecommunication resources such as the World Wide Web. 1.a. CRITICAL ASSIGNMENT Marymount's Teacher Education Department has identified key or critical assignments for your program as part of our formative assessment system. These critical assignments are part of your normal course work and are first considered in the evaluation for your course grade. These assignments are also scored by your professor in the following five areas: 1) Knowledge of Subject Matter; 2) Knowledge of Human Growth and Development; 3) Adapting for Individual Needs; 4) Instructional Planning Skills; and 5) Assessment of Student Learning. The scores from these five areas are not part of your course grade, but are reported to the MU’s Education Department and used for program evaluation and formative assessment. You may inquire about the critical assignment scores for this course or you may ask the department chair about the scores for all of your critical assignment at any time. Additionally you are evaluated using the following dispositional statements: establishes collaborative relationship w/instructor and peers, appreciates diversity in and out of the MU classroom, demonstrates integrity, and demonstrates self-control and exhibits a positive attitude. The critical assignment for this course is: Technology-Integrated Unit Plan. 1.b. CONCEPTUAL FRAMEWORK Marymount University’s professional education programs are dedicated to our mission of “Preparing Educational Leaders for Diverse Learning Communities.” The three strands comprising the conceptual framework model include critical thinker, effective practitioner, and caring professional that synergistically interact with one another. Knowledge of content, human growth and development, and pedagogy, along with current research and learning theory, provide the foundation for our professional programs. All courses and experiences are designed to achieve this mission. 1.c There is no field experience requirement for this course.

Marymount University ED554 RESB3 Summer 2012 Knight


COURSE OBJECTIVES Upon successful completion of this course students will be expected to: a. Establish criteria for selecting educational hardware and software; b. Describe appropriate applications of selected educational technologies, including computers; c. Demonstrate effective use of the computer as a productivity tool for teaching and learning; d. Apply selected multimedia tools; e. Evaluate hardware and educational computer hardware and software, including programs designed to meet the needs of special populations; f. Describe research findings and theory bases which underpin the application of electronic technologies in schools; g. Develop a lesson unit plan which appropriately integrates educational technology. h. Describe implications of education computing on such issues as equity, ethics, privacy, viruses, and copyright infringements; i. Describe the role advanced technologies currently play in education and will likely play in the future; j. Establish criteria for assessing the accuracy and reliability of online resources; k. Use electronic technologies to access and exchange information; l. Employ appropriate technologies to support the Virginia Standards of Learning and other instructional objectives, in addition to the NETS standards. 2. TEACHING METHOD The integration (not merely addition) of technology into a classroom creates opportunities for rich educational experiences that are inquiry-oriented, learner-centered, and multisensory while accommodating varying learning styles. This foundation course offers a hands-on overview of effective teaching methods using digital technologies. We shall explore uses of digital imagery, the internet, digital concept mapping, podcasting, and digital storytelling in addition to other technologies as means of developing productive instructional interactions. We will also pursue readings and discussions intended to help each student develop his/her own informed ideas about technology use in the classroom. Classes will include readings, tutorials, hands-on experience with educational technology and discussions of reflections on our work.

Marymount University ED554 RESB3 Summer 2012 Knight


3. GRADING POLICY a. Technology Integrated Unit Plan (30%) Students will create a one week unit which will use technology as part of the instruction. Students will need to refer to state standards as a focus of the unit. Objectives for each lesson should be present as well as an assessment tool that will be used to determine if learners met the objectives in the lesson. In this project students will specifically outline how they will use the technology they have selected to teach the subject matter. This lesson plan will be accompanied with a narrative describing how this lesson integrates inquiry and Universal Design for Learning. b. Blogs (personal and class) (20%): Students will contribute weekly to a personal or class blog on assigned writing topics. c. Technology Integration Projects (50%): Students will explore a wide variety of technology integrations

Evaluation: Since this is a graduate course, high quality work is expected on all assignments and in class. Grades will be based on the completion of course requirements and on the scope, quality, and creativity of the assignments. Attendance and participation are compulsory. Additionally, students are assessed on the quality and timeliness of assignments (late work will be penalized). Copyright law is to be respected in all assignments. All assignments are due at the beginning of classes. Letter grades will be assigned to conform to the Marymount University 2011- 2012 Graduate Catalog. Rubrics for individual class requirements will be distributed Assignment Technologically Integrated Unit Plan Project (30%) Due: July 31th Description/Requirements Develop a Unit Plan around a common theme that incorporates technology in an integral way that addresses 21st century skills discussed in class (innovation, creativity, critical thinking, problem solving, communication, and collaboration). You should not just plug technology into an existing unit plan. Rather the focus should be on 21st century skills and how students are using technology to address these. While the teacher may use technology to communicate concepts and ideas, the focus of this unit should be on student use of technology to meet stated objectives.

Marymount University ED554 RESB3 Summer 2012 Knight


Professional Blog (20%) Due: July 31st

Demonstrate a level of familiarity with both technology and sound design principles during the development of a Professional Blog.  Front page will include weekly class reflections and/or assigned reading, detailing how what is learned can be applied to your future classroom.  Professional 'bio' web page about you, the author of the site. Find a visual way of representing yourself (wordle, avatar, video).  Include links to other resources and other bloggers. Create a Google Site to serve as the class eportfolio. The site should include;  Pages linking each product created  A page (s) featuring your technology integrated lesson plan Demonstrate the effective use of the computer as a productive tool for teaching and learning, working in groups to create a >10 minute podcast (audio and video).

Class Website (10%) Due: TBD

Group Podcast Project (15%) Due: June 29th Digital Storytelling Project (15%) Due: July 13th

Demonstrate the effective use of one of the digital storytelling tools showcased in class to create an introduction of yourself, or a product that can support your Technologically Integrated Unit Plan. The intended audience would be your students. After each class, write a reflection on your blog, on the knowledge gained from reading, class activity, and/or class discussion along with potential applications to future work.

Class Reflections & Participation (10%)

4. CLASS SCHEDULE The course schedule and assignments are subject to change; revisions to the schedule will be announced and posted on the course blog ( Date
May 18

Class Topics Introduction to the Course 21 Century Skills & 21 Century Classroom
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Assignments Explore blogs Course Readings Blog reflection

Marymount University ED554 RESB3 Summer 2012 Knight



Class Topics Digital Immigrants v. Digital Natives Blogging


June 1st

Personal Learning Networks Social Network Social Bookmarking PLN work session Technology Enhanced Project Based Learning Google Tools Google Reader Google Site

Course Readings Blog reflection Add an About page to Blog

June 8th

Course Readings Blog reflections

June 15th

Google work session Podcasting Multimedia Enhanced Classrooms Media Literacy Visual Learning Technologically Integrated Lesson Plan work session Course Readings Blog reflections Post enhanced image to Gsite Bring headsets/laptops

June 22th

Digital Storytelling Digital Citizenship Copyright Podcasting work session Course Readings Blog reflections Finalize Storyboard/Script Bring headsets/laptops

June 29th

Introduction to Universal Design for Learning Technologically Integrated Lesson Plan work session Digital Storytelling work session Podcast Presentations

Course Readings Blog reflections Podcasts Due on Gsite

Marymount University ED554 RESB3 Summer 2012 Knight


July 13th

Class Topics


Inquiry-based learning and Historical Thinking Presentation Software Presentation work session Podcast Presentations Technologically Integrated Lesson Plan work session
July 27th

Course Readings Blog reflections Digital Story Due on Gsite

Technologically Integrated Lesson Plan Due July 31st posted on GSite by midnight

Course Reflection Post



No text is required for this course; however, outside readings are required as assigned. Required Equipment: USB Flash Drive or external hard drive Microphone or headset for recording audio 7. REQUIRED OR SUGGESTED READINGS OR AUDIO-VISUAL MATERIALS


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