EDS 204a
Technology and Professional Assessment
Summer 2009

Instructor: Chris Halter chalter@ucsd.edu

Our class website http://edsserver.ucsd.edu/courses/eds204/su09/a/
Our class blogs: http://docs.google.com/Doc?id=dcjjtqdk_24g9hkhjdd

Meeting Place & Time:

1pm - 4pm


KECK Computer Lab
Pepper Canyon Hall Rm 440

My Office: Pepper Canyon Hall, Rm 368                   My Office Phone: 858/534-8186

Advanced techniques for using network-based resources for teaching and learning will be introduced. Students will review relevant research on advanced technologies related to assessment of professional performance and student achievement. Students will present a Web-based professional Teaching Performance Assessment Portfolio that reflects teaching performance during their student teaching or internship field experience.

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Course Scope

In this course, you will learn to use a variety of computer applications and advanced technology tools to examine the professional growth of a new teacher and to explore the use of technology supported curriculum in the K-12 classroom.

You will also research the connection between technology and learning, exploring its current effects and application in the classroom and its potential to transform the way we teach and learn.

Computer Availability

The EDS Keck Laboratory Classroom contains networked Macintosh computers and laser printers, and scanners for student use. You are also welcomed to complete the coursework on your own computer as well.

Course Textbook

The Digital Storytelling Cookbook
(download this from: http://www.storycenter.org/cookbook.pdf )

Course Grading
Participation in class discussions and activities (10%)
In-Class Group Assignments (40%)
Out-of-Class Individual Assignments (50%)

Other Readings / Web Resources
1. Digitales: http://www.digitales.us/
2. Digital Story Elements: http://www.inms.umn.edu/elements/
3. PowerPoint in the Classroom: http://www.actden.com/pp/
4. The Seven Deadly Sins (in PowerPoint): http://entrepreneurs.about.com/cs/marketing/a/7sinsofppt.htm
5. Video and PowerPoint: http://www.indiana.edu/~tltl/multimedia/ppt_video.html
6. Video and Windows PowerPoint: http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/powerpoint/HA100484611033.aspx
7. Microsoft's tutorials for MovieMaker.

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Overview of Course Assignments and Projects
This course will have several class group assignments/activities and several independent assignments/activities.

In-Class Group Assignments

1. Digital Storyboarding for Professional Growth
In this activity you will be asked to reflect your growth as a teacher over the past year and create a storyboard to tell that story.

2. Digital multi-media presentation
You will create a digital multi-media presentation that shows your growth and development as a teacher, which you will use at the M.Ed. Colloquium on Friday, July 17th.

Out-of-Class Group/Independent Assignments

1. Video evidence exemplifying your teaching practice
You will create a digital video that will highlight your teaching growth and practice. This video will be made part of the public domain through TeacherTube.com. It will also contain audio, music, and narration. All images and creative work must be public domain and royalty free.

Content Requirements of the project:
  • The main thread that will tie together the story is your growth as a professional over the past year, and
  • Your future in education.
Technical Requirements of the project:
  • The final movie will be in Quicktime format (see handout for final settings)
  • Transitions and Titles
  • Multimedia content (images and/or video, and a soundtrack)
  • Main Title screen and end credits
  • Narration of story

2.  Educational Blogging: You will create an educational blog to communicate and publish your thoughts, ideas, concerns, and reflections on your own growth as an educator.

3. Podcasting: You will learn to express your ideas and reflections through web delivered audio files, or Podcasting. These podcasts will be uploaded into your edublog.

4. Copyright and Public Domain for Teachers: We will explore the issues that surround the use of the creative work of others in teaching. This will include audio and music files (FreePlayMusic.com), digital images (Flickr.com), and the licensing of these works through a CreativeCommons license.

5. Final Presentation: Your final presentation will be a self-contained multi-media presentation representing your work in both the EDS204 and EDS206 courses.


Course Calendar


Class Activity

Readings and Resources

Assignments Due

Week 1

Session 1
Wed, 6/17

Introduction to Digital Storytelling (Tell a Story)

What is Digital Storytelling? What does it look like?

Introduction to Edublogging

iMovie Tutorial (if needed)

Digital Storytelling Cookbook Ch. 1
Blogging in the Classroom


Edublog (Educablog Video Tutorials)
Chris' blog


Respond to Chris' blog entry for Althea Scott Nixon.

Create your own blog(if you don't already have one) in Edublog (or another blog site if you prefer).

Blog Response #1: Tell us about a classroom event this year that had an impact on your professional growth and/or vision this year.

Respond to at least three of your classmates' blog entries.

Link to it from our class blog list.

Week 2

Session 2
Mon, 6/22

Digital Story

  • Planning
  • Storyboarding
  • Resources (Creative Commons and Royalty Free)

11am: Interaction with Dr. Althea Scott Nixon on the educational use of digital story telling:

Digital Storytelling Cookbook Ch. 2-4


Explore/Create accounts for:



Initial storyboard plan

Session 3
Wed, 6/24

Podcasting with Audacity (with LAME)

Digital Story Production

Digital Storytelling Cookbook Ch. 5


Copyright and Fair Use Guidelines chart

Collaborative tools for teaching

Khan Academy podcasts, UCSD podcasts, K-12 student podcasts

iTunes University (accessed via iTunes app)

EDS Facebook page

Jeff Felix's Edublogging research
Jeff Felix's blog

Post your suggestions for improving the EDS Facebook page to Chris' blog by Monday.

Post any questions you have for Dr. Jeff Felix to Chris' blog by Friday, in preparation for our interaction with him next Monday.

Week 3

Session 4
Mon, 6/29

Digital Story Production

11am: Video interaction with Dr. Jeff Felix, Superintendent of Coronado Unified School District

UCSD Model Release

Storyboard template

Web sites for downloading video from streaming video sites:
* vixy.net
* KeepVid

Blog Response #2 with podcast: Tell us about your Digital Story ideas.

Session 5
Wed, 7/1

Video Sharing in your class

Open Lab: Digital Story Production

The EDS204 YouTube Group

Our digital stories will be uploaded into YouTube and you will include them as part of the EDS204 Group so that we can all view one another's vidoes.

Why use YouTube? Well, to access YouTube, upload the video and join the group you will use the same login that you have already created for using GoogleDocs or GMail or Blogger.

ScreenCast of finding CreativeCommons images

Please visit the EDS204 Group and request to join.

Week 4

Session 6
Mon, 7/6

Open Lab: Digital Story Production

Chris' 2020

Blog Response #3: Describe what your classroom will be like in the year 2020.

Session 7
Wed, 7/8

Multimedia and collaborative media

Project work. You will signup for the colloquium in EDS206

Video Tutorial on sharing, uploading, and groups.


Week 5

Session 8
Mon, 7/13

EDS Film Festival

Creating DVDs of our projects
(bring a blank DVD-R if you want to make a fully functional DVD disc).

Gallery Walk - Bring your headphones to class. Comment on 5 videos that don't already have 5 comments.

Redirect your UCSD email if you haven't already.
Install Sophos antivirus if you haven't already. Update your TritonLink snail mail address to something permanent.

5-minute Digital Story DUE

Session 9
Wed, 7/15

Revise your movie based on feedback at the EDS Film Festival.

Final work day for project changes.  

Session 10
Fri, 7/17

M.Ed. Colloquium

Give your digital multi-media presentation.

Upload presentations to WeTeach