EDS 203A

Technology, Teaching, and Learning

Fall 2007

Instructor: Jim Levin (email: jalevin@ucsd.edu)  & class members

Meeting Place: EDS KECK Computer Lab, UCC Bldg 518, Room D

My Office: 327 Pepper Canyon Hall (3rd floor)            My Office Phone: 858/822-5722

Meeting Times: See Calendar

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In this course, you will learn to use a variety of computer applications useful for teaching and learning, and you will build your own web site. We will explore three main topic areas: Technology and Online Content, Technology and Digital Media, and Technology for Classroom Teaching.

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Online readings

Course Scope

In this course, you will learn to use a variety of computer applications and advanced technology tools to examine and 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.

Class Format

The first part of each class will be devoted to lectures, demonstrations and discussions. The remaining class time will be devoted to hands-on laboratory activities.

Computer Availability

The EDS Keck Laboratory Classroom contains 30 networked Macintosh computers and two laser printers for student use.  This facility is available to you from 8:30-4:30 Monday through Friday. The Graduate Commons has 15 networked computers available 24/7.  Both labs have comparable software applications loaded.

Your grade for this course will be based upon:

1) Completion of assignments & projects (30%),
2) Completion of website (30%),
3) Lecture/Demo attendance (10%),
4) Final Presentation (30%)

Overview of Course Assignments and Projects

There will be nine types of assignments and projects for this class:

1.     Website: You will create a personal website that will become your presence on the Internet as well as the location for all of the course assignments.
2.     ePortfolio Account: You will establish your Online ePortfolio Account, which you will use throughout the EDS program.
3.     Web Searches: You will learn how to effectively search for information of the web.
4.     Digital Photo: You will be creating a digital photograph using Photoshop Elements.
5.     iMovie: You will learn digital video editing and create your own group movie.
6.     PowerPoint: You will create a PowerPoint presentation that will be converted to a web-format for viewing on your website.
7.     Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel): This is a powerful tool suite. You will be introduced to some of the features that make a teacher's job easier.
8.     WebQuest: You will explore the WebQuest curriculum model, learning about the use and implementation of WebQuests.
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Online Content

Session 1

9/7, Friday

9 am - 1:50 pm

Introduction to Network File Structure

   Establish Online ePortfolio Account
     Technology Skill Survey

   Begin work on your Website with Dreamweaver

Assignment: Create a web site, with the first page called "index.html"

 * Website Checklist
 * File transfer with Macs
 * File transfer with Windows

Session 2

9/10, Monday

1 pm - 5:50 pm

   Creating PDF Files

   PDF vs. HTML

   Searching the Web: Reliability of Web resources
    The Good, the Bad, & the Ugly
    Evaluating Web Pages

Web site design
    Alternative Design Guide
    Gestalt Principles & Web Design

Assignment: Create a web page describing how you would teach your students to be effective and critical web searchers

 * PDF Checklist
 * Web Search Activity
     • Four NETS for Better Searching
      Don't forget the Quiz
Website Evaluation: describe how you would help your students learn how to search the web effectively and critically

 * PDF vs. HTML
 * Searching Techniques (from UC Berkeley)


Digital Media

Session 3

9/12, Wednesday

1 pm - 5:50 pm

   Digital Photograph Editing with Elements


   Copyright and Fair use

Assignment: create a hoax picture, and link it from your Assignments web page

 * Photo Checklist
 * Level 1 Hoax Test

 Create your own hoax photo
 * Level 4 Hoax Test

  * Copyright and Fair Use for Teachers

Session 4

9/14, Friday

1 pm - 5:50 pm

   Digital Video editing with iMovie

   podcasting & iTunes University

Assignment: in a group, create a digital movie that helps someone learn something, and link it from your Assignments web page

 * Movie Checklist

 * Digital Video in the Classroom

Classroom Application

Session 5

9/18, Tuesday

1 pm - 5:50 pm

Teacher Productivity Applications

   Word & Excel
     Mactopia handout

      Jeopardy Template

   Google Docs & Spreadsheets

Assignments: 1) create a form letter to parents, using Word and Excel and link both files from your Assignments web page; 2) in a group of 4 or so, create a PowerPoint file that supports a lesson, and link both the PowerPoint file and the web version from your Assignments page; 3) contribute to the collaborative story on Google Docs

  * Excel tutorial
 * Advanced Word features

 * PowerPoint: The 7 Deadly Sins



Session 6

9/19, Wednesday

1 pm - 5:50 pm


   Final presentations

Assignments: 1) create a webquest from the WebQuest template and link it from your assignments page; 2) present one of the things you've created in this course to the class in 5 minutes or less

* Evaluate four WebQuests: "A Webquest about WebQuests" in a group of 2, using the WebQuests Worksheet.
* Create a new WebQuest in a group of 2. Start with a WebQuest template. Save the web site, put it on someone's web space, and link to it from your assignments page.

 * Thoughts from WebQuest's Creator

Final Presentation

On the final class session you will be expected to present a piece of your work from the course assignments. You may select any piece you wish, but it must be a single artifact that was created over the course of your work in class. You will have approximately 5 minutes. Your presentation can be shown through the website that you created for the course.