Syllabus

EDIT 2000 Technology Integration in the Classroom
Room 616
Aderhold Hall

CONTACT INFORMATION
Szu-Yueh Justine Chien
schien2@uga.edu
Aderhold Hall – TBA
office hours by appointment

COURSE DESCRIPTION
EDIT 2000 focuses on creating teaching and learning environments using technology. We will design products for learning environments through numerous activities with various technologies that support communication, collaboration, creativity, innovation, critical thinking, research, and problem solving in the classroom. The major concept is the emphasis on making critical decisions about technology’s role in the classroom and development of technology-enhanced learning activities.

PURPOSE
To teach preservice teachers to use and manage technology in educational settings and to communicate means for using technology in educational settings.

COURSE OBJECTIVES
At the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Develop an exploratory, experimental approach to technology with a willingness to try new applications
  • Define various types of learning styles and strategies and explain how technology can support the needs of diverse learners
  • Operate available computer hardware and associated peripherals
  • Evaluate resources for their potential for achieving instructional objectives
  • Plan instruction that incorporates technology in appropriate ways
  • Use technology as a personal productivity tool
  • Recognize various implication for computer use in K-12 schools and other educational settings
  • Reflect on literature related to using technology in educational settings
  • Access, evaluate, and utilize online educational resources
  • Explain and give concrete examples of how all the technologies learned in this class can be used to enhance instruction and personal productivity
  • Create learning activities and products with the following software that will enhance instruction and personal productivity.  For example:

* Word processing software
* Spreadsheet software
* Presentation software
* Web development software
* Graphic design software
* Graphic organizer software
* Curriculum-specific software

TOPICAL OUTLINE/POSSIBLE TOPICS

  • Foundations
    • Develop an understanding of curriculum objectives, instructional design, and lesson planning
    • Identify problems and challenges in K12 learning environments and determine technology’s role in overcoming these barriers.
    • Define various types of learning styles and strategies and explain how technology can support the needs of diverse learners
  • Communication and Collaboration
    • Identify technology tools that support communication and collaboration
    • Develop a learning activity that uses technology to support communication and collaboration
  • Creativity and Innovation
    • Create a digital story to teach a K12 learning concept
    • Create a personalized learning contract to acquire knowledge and skills in various technology-based creativity tools
  • Critical Thinking, Research, and Problem Solving
    • Identify resources for critical thinking, research, and problem solving
    • Develop a learning activity that uses technology to support critical thinking, research, and collaboration
  • Research and Reflection
    • Read relevant articles on K12 technology integration and reflect on their relevance to current learning environments

LABS
Participants must comply with all lab procedures and policies as established by the University of Georgia.

616 is remodeled during the winter break.  Instead of desktops, we now use laptop cart instead.  We provided 12 Macs and 12 PC.  Choose the system that you are comfortable with. Please pay attention to the followings:

  • When you check in/ out a laptop, make sure you initial in the check-out binder.
  • DO NOT remove any power cords from the cart. If you need power cord for the laptop you checked out, please let the instructor know and you will get one from the power cord bag in the laptop cart.
  • If you forget to bring the power cord for your OWN laptop, you need to go to OIT to check out one.  The cords belong to the laptops in the lab CAN NOT be checked out for your own laptop.
  • Use the VELCRO to secure the correct power cord for each laptop in the cart.
  • The data in the laptop WILL NOT be wiped.  Therefore, please respect other users and do not change anything or download personal data.
  • Since the data will not be wiped, it will be nice that you stay with the same one during this semester.  It will also be a good chance for you to learn how to protect your online privacy.  Remember to LOG OUT for the websites you use.

MATERIALS
Assigned reading– will email to you or make copies for you.
Digital camera

Your own laptop (Not required, but if you want to, you are welcome to bring it.  Just remember to charge it before class).

May need access to: USB drive, headphones and microphone  (optional)

You may also need your ideas, your observation skills, writing skills and your voice.  If you need some finger food, you can bring them.  What is the most important is to be enthusiastic!

ASSIGNMENT  (these assignments may change based on the needs of the class)

Foundation-Building Activities – 30%

  • 5 % – Introduction and Autobiography for Portfolio
  • 5 % – Learning Environment Design – create a plan for your classroom
  • 5 % – Blog Creation and Commenting
  • 15 % – Reflections on Blog (Including reflection on your own learning/ teaching beliefs; your technology use; reading materials; class projects)
Communication and Collaboration – 20%
  • 10% – Tool Commercial – create a commercial about a communication tool
  • 10% – Cross-cultural Communication
Creativity and Innovation – 25%
  • 10% – Slowmation Video – create a stop animation video to teach a particular process or system (i.e. photosynthesis)
  • 15% – Creativity Contract
Critical Thinking, Research, and Problem Solving – 15%

  • 15% – Learning Adventure – develop an online learning adventure for a highly -motivated student around a specific topic

Participation/Attendance – 10%

  • Miss no more than 3 classes
  • Come to class prepared and willing to discuss readings, progress on projects, personal opinions on the use of technology in K12 education

GRADING POLICY
Throughout the semester we will discuss your progress in the course. This may be achieved through email, office appointments, and during class times. You are welcome to turn in assignments ahead of time for formative feedback. Please note that late work is not accepted. You will be given a “late pass” that may be used once during the semester.

You will be given sufficient class time to get started on assignments and ask questions. Just as other classes require you to complete research in the library or listen to language tapes, you may find it necessary to complete your work in a campus computer lab before or after class, or on weekends. Assignments are due at the beginning of class unless otherwise indicated.

Resubmitting work: If you turn in an assignment on time and receive a grade below 80%, you may resubmit the assignment by the next class meeting after the assignment is returned to you. The highest grade you can receive on a resubmitted assignment is an 80%. The completed web-based portfolio and the final reflection are not eligible for resubmittal.

A: 92-100
A-:90-91
B+:87-89
B: 83-86
B-:80-82
C+:77-79
C: 73-76
C-:70-72
D+:67-69
D: 63-66
D-:60-62
F: 59 or lower

ATTENDANCE POLICY
Participation and attendance are worth 10% of your overall grade. However, 100% of your grade is affected when you do not attend class nor participate — as it will be difficult, if not impossible, to catch up on missed work. To miss scheduled demonstrations or discussions seriously compromises your learning.

You are permitted to miss three classes without penalty. If you miss four classes, the highest grade you can earn for this course is a 90%. Missing more than three classes may result in a WF for the semester. I do not wish to be in the position of judging whether an absence should be excused or not. If you miss class, for any reason, you will be marked absent and it will count against your participation and attendance grade.

Attendance will be taken during the first 10 minutes of class via a sign-in sheet. You will be counted absent if you sign in for another student. You will be counted absent if you leave class early (unless the entire class is dismissed). The course instructor reserves the right to assign a penalty to the participation and attendance grade for excessive tardiness.

LATE PASS POLICY
All students will have at least one  opportunity to earn a “late pass”.  Late pass can be used to submit an assignment up to 24 hours after the due date with no penalty.  One late pass may be used to excuse an absence.  If a student has multiple late passes– they CAN NOT be used for multiple absences.  Late passes CAN NOT be used for group projects or the final project. Late passes expire on Friday April 5.  That means no late pass for the last project.

CLASS SCHEDULE
Monday, January 7 – First Day of Class
Monday – Friday, January 7 – January 11 – Drop-Add Week
Monday, January 21– MLK Holiday
Thursday, February 28 – Midterm (We won’t have exams, but we will work on projects instead).
Monday – Friday, March 11-15 – Spring Break
Thursday, March 21 – Withdrawal Deadline
Monday, April 29 – Last Day of Class
Monday, May 13  – Grades Due to Registrar

HONESTY POLICY
All academic work must meet the standards contained in “A Culture of Honesty.” Each student is responsible to inform themselves about those standards before performing any academic work. The full version of “A Culture of Honesty: Politics and Procedures” detailing UGA’s policies on this matter can be found at: http://www.uga.edu/ovpi/academic_honesty/culture_honesty.htm

ACCOMMODATIONS
If you have a disability and would like to request accommodations, please feel free to discuss this with me. All individuals receiving accommodations in the classroom must be registered with Disability Services. Please visit their website at http://www.dissvcs.uga.edu for further information.

The course syllabus is a general plan for the course; deviations announced to the class by the instructor may be necessary.  Thanks!

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