Course Introduction

Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.


Perceptions of Technology in School Discussion

  1. What are your perceptions of how is technology being used in schools by teachers and students (good and bad)? - NOTE - use a browser other than Firefox to edit these walls
  2. Organize ideas in categories: "right on," "maybe, but...," "no way"

Right on!
virtual lab
communicate globally with people around the world
revolutionizes special-needs teaching
visual aids help kids learn, also auditory aids
offers potential to broaden curriculum for exceptional students (special ed and gifted)
need to integrate technology in a way that seems natural and serves a purpose
helps draw pictures
having a website for what is going on in class can help less organized students & teachers

Maybe, but...

No way!
can amplify economic discrepancies
low ses elementary schools might feed higher ses middle and high-schools
internet on phones can be a threat to productivity of class
expensive and unaffordable for certain districts
potential for threat and damage
are students thinking about the animations more than the actual content?
technology can increase opportunities for students to cheat
easier to plaigirize
takes a long time to set-up
loss of productivity
disconnect between learning in classroom vs. learning in computer lab

  1. Groups share
  2. What conclusions can we draw about technology in schools today?

Educational Technology in its Place

Big Ideas for the Course | Syllabus

  • What this course isn't
  • Considering the needs of students -> Universal Design for Learning (UDL)
  • Connecting the technology content -> Content Tool Collection
  • Connecting the technology to pedagogy -> Tech Management Plan
  • Connecting content, pedagogy, and technology -> Technology Integration Lesson Plan

Introducing the eFolio

  • What exactly is the eFolio? | eFolio Helpdesk
  • Why are we doing it?
  • How will I develop it?
  • What do I need to do for this course? | eFolio assignment

"Parking Lot" for additional questions or ideas

For next time...

Read Rose & Meyer, 2002 – chapter 4