Introduction to Education and Classroom Technology – EDUC 201

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

The teacher candidate will be acquainted with the role of public and private education and the nature of the teaching profession. Attention will be given to current developments in the field of education and the terminology basic to those in the profession. Teacher candidates will focus on the effective use of technology in learning environments, with special attention to instructional practice, assessment development and student engagement. Each teacher candidate will be required to prepare for structured observations in the school setting.

Prerequisites

None

Rationale

The candidate will use this course to guide his/her professional choice in following the teaching profession. This course will present some actual career decisions that teachers must face. The candidate will be exposed to knowledge relative to the professional exams required for entrance into the programs as well as licensure requirements. This course seeks to assist in fostering the aims of the institution in developing competencies in writing, speaking, and reading. Further, this course will introduce the candidate to the extensive field of educational technology. Topics covered in this course will be areas that impact or have the potential to impact educators working in the classroom environment. Special emphasis will be placed on constructing relevant and appropriate instructional environments.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the candidate will be able to:

    1. Identify the key components of effective teaching.
    2. Identify current legislation and development in the field of teaching comprising historical and social foundations of schooling.
    3. Describe the role of a teacher, emphasizing classroom arrangement.
    4. Locate resources and references to guide teaching using technology.
    5. Create a resource describing technology tools, apps, and software to be used in the classroom.
    6. Develop learning technology tools that engage students in a learning context.
    7. Develop learning technology tools that assist in the process of collecting and assessing learner progress and skill development.
    8. Develop online instructional material to support progress in learning activities.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the candidate will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (5)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the candidate is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be at least 300 words or a 3-5 minute video (DB5) and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the candidate is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 150 words. (MLO: A, B, C, D, E)

Vision of a Teacher Activity

The candidate will draw a picture of themselves teaching. The picture should include clipart, graphics, and portray their classroom arrangement. The candidate will answer questions based on their drawing to describe their ideas on teaching.  (MLO: C)

Professional Development Activity

The candidate will attend 1 professional development activity that takes place in the duration of the course. These can be meetings, events, or learning experiences related specifically to the broad field of education. As part of a submission for this assignment, the candidate will reflect on the event and tie it to course learning. (MLO: A)

Technology Tools Chart

The candidate will identify 15 different tools (hardware, apps, and software) that could be used to support technology integration in the classroom for teaching, learning, research, and communication. The tools should come from the textbook, course videos, or other sources. The chart will include a description of the tool, (hardware, app, or software), pros and cons, and how it would be used in the classroom. The candidate will reflect on the tools chosen and begin to choose tools to use for the technology application project. (MLO: D, E)

Technology Application Project

The candidate will choose two of the tools referenced on the technology tools chart to create two resources to match a subject of their choice. Elementary and Special Education candidates must choose one of the four core areas: math, reading, social science, or science. Secondary candidates may use the subject they are pursuing. The candidate will create one activity and one assessments to be used in instruction on the content topic of choice. (MLO: F, G, H)

Quizzes (8)

Each quiz will cover the Reading & Study material for the assigned modules/weeks. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes; seven quizzes will contain 25 multiple-choice and true/false questions and one quiz will contain 10 multiple-choice and true/false questions. (MLO: A, B, D, E)