Course Description

This hands-on course is designed to provide educators with a basic introduction to technologies that are being used in teaching and learning. Becoming an effective practitioner in educational technology is a developmental process, and it is not just about acquiring a specific set of skills or knowledge. Learning about proven and emerging technology tools and how they can be used effectively in learning and encouraging students to use the skills they may already have, or will learn about on their own, is a key part of being an successful teacher. EDDL 5101 emphasizes the pedagogical aspects of using technology in education. Integrating technology into curriculum and classroom practice is not just about access to resources, it is also about creating meaningful experiences for learners.

Becoming proficient with educational technology is largely a matter of learning by doing, according to your own needs and goals. No one becomes effective with technology on his or her own. Effective practice in IT requires the support and collaboration of other people, be they your peers or specialists you can draw upon. And, as you gain experience and expertise, you will in turn become a resource person to others.

The goal of Educational Technology in the Curriculum is to provide the starting ground for your personal development with information technology. We encourage you to explore, to try things out, to plan, and to reflect critically.

The course format will be an online seminar that models the development of learning communities.  Participants will be directed to discuss and share online, and to provide feedback to their fellow learners about their experiences.

Educational Objectives/Outcomes

At the end of this course, you will be able to:

  1. Understand the basics of how networks and the Internet work.
  2. Demonstrate the effective use of networks and the Internet in learning.
  3. Integrate effective Internet searching strategies for finding resources related to specific curricular topics.
  4. Demonstrate and teach students how to critically evaluate Internet resources.
  5. Access and publish documents on the World Wide Web.
  6. Use RSS and a RSS reader for professional development and pedagogical purposes.
  7. Plan instructional activities that integrate technology.
  8. Discuss key issues in educational use of technology.
  9. Discuss ethical and legal issues related to the use of technology in education with students and colleagues.
  10. Share resources and experiences with other teachers.

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