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Welcome to TL 6741, Integration of Educational Technology. If you haven't noticed, technology advances in recent years have significantly altered the way we communicate and learn. Blogs, Wikis, Podcasting, Geocaching, etc ...New words are invented each year to describe not just new gadgets, but widespread movements associated with the use of new tools. Though these words might be fresh off of our tongues, they describe activities that millions of people do every day.

The world presents itself to us in wonderful complexity, in whole systems of interrelated ideas and forces. Schools, on the other hand, often look at the world through only one window at a time, neatly segmenting it into subject matter compartments. Too often also, in the rush to "cover" the material, students are left with a superficial understanding of the subject matter at best, and are unable to explain how it all hangs together.

Can technology, when well applied, help solve this problem? It can, and we'll show each other how.

Instructor

Philip Molebash, Phd
MBH 139A (if it's not flooded)
p.molebash@utah.edu
801.587.7994

Office hours: Tuesday, 1:00-4:00 and by appointment

Course Objectives

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

  1. Identify various kinds of media resources and discuss how they can be integrated effectively into the learning process;
  2. Design and develop an activity which will guide your students in exploring and using information on the Internet;
  3. Design a telecollaborative activity involving students working with other learners at a distance.
  4. Participate in informal online professional development as part of a virtual learning community;
  5. Work on a team as you design a complete inquiry-based unit (WebQuest) that will engage students over a period of two or more weeks.

Books and Supplies

Books

Supplies

You must buy a USB key drive that plugs directly into a Mac or PC USB Port (ask your instructor about details). While the largest you'll need for this class is 128mg, consider purchasing 256mg or 512mg. The 256mg are typically priced in the $30.00 - 40.00 range.

Prerequisites

You will need to be familiar with advanced word processing and fundamental telecommunications skills of using electronic mail and the World Wide Web. Intermediate knowledge of PowerPoint and Excel wouldn't hurt either. If you are not familiar with these areas please talk with your instructor about steps in bringing you up to speed.

Course Requirements and Grading

You are expected to attend and participate in every class. In-class activities, discussion, group work and demonstrations are important for applying educational technology concepts and methods and will contribute to your course participation grade. Please be on time for class. Latecomers are distracting to all of us. Consequently, every 1 hour of class missed or not participated in fully results in 1 points being deducted from your grade. An attendance sheet with sign-in and sign-out times will be circulated during every class. One absence is allowed for emergency or illness without points being deducted.

Although final projects are being assigned rather than a final exam, attending the last class is very important. Students missing the last class will take a final exam in lieu of their attendance.

Assignments:

Assignment
Points

Participation and Attendance

(45)

Weekly Assignments

20

Telecollaborative Lesson

15

Database Exploration Lesson

15

Tomorrow's Tools Today Lesson Ideas

10

Online Professional Development Report

10

WebQuest

25

Last Class/Final Exam

5
Total
100

 

Grade Letter
Points
A
95-100
A-
90-94
B+
87-89
B
83-86
B
80-82
C+
77-79
C
73-76
C-
70-72
And so on...
69 and below

Please keep in mind the following definitions of grading standards from the U of U General Catalog:

The bottom line is this: A's are reserved for exemplary performance that goes beyond expectations.

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