UCSD Education Studies Program

Course Syllabus

Course Number and Title: EDS203 Technology, Teaching and Learning

Quarter and Year: Fall 2012

Kech Computer Lab

Tues & thurs 12:30pm -4:30 pm

Instructors: Chris Halter


Email: chalter@ucsd.edu

Office Hours: by appointment


Course website: http://edsserver.ucsd.edu/courses/eds203/

Course Description:

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. During this course you will have hands-on time with many applications.

As the class schedule indicates, we will be exploring several applications that can be used in the classroom with students or for teacher productivity. We will be using this software to create, explore, and manipulate digital media. The themes of our technology survey will include websites & Wikis, Courseware, Productivity tools, Interactive Media, WebQuests, Digital Video Production & Editing, and online Collaborative tools.

Class Format

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

Computer Availability

The TEP Keck Laboratory Classroom contains 40 networked Apple computers and an ACS laser printers for student use.  This facility is available to you from 8:30-4:30 Monday through Friday.

For access to the lab outside these hours please see your course instructor.

Readings (full bibliography in calendar):

All course readings will be online and available through hyperlinks in the course calendar.

Course Learning Outcomes:

1. 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.

2. 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.

Evaluation of Student Performance (Full Assignments):

Your grade for this course will be based upon:

  1. Completion of assignments & projects (60%),
  2. Completion of website (30%),
  3. Class attendance (10%).


Key Outcomes Measured By Assessments

Main Assessment(s):

Course Learning Outcomes:


EDS Values:


Webpage with links projects


Reading and Project Response Journals




Lesson Plan


Exploration Projects


Resources and Documents We Need:

Course Plan

(The plan may change based on student needs during the course)

Bring your HEADPHONES to class


Topics & Activities

Readings & Resources

(readings completed prior to class)


(due by next class meeting unless otherwise noted)

Session 1

Aug 28th (T)

Website Creation and Courseware

  1. Weebly
  2. Media (CC)
  3. Copyright
  4. Edmodo


·       Webpage Rubric



  • Weebly (make your account here)
  • My Weebly model website (this will give you an idea about what I expect in this website)

How-to’s and Help

1. Create your website (due on last class session)

2. Complete Response Journal #1 (see the Edmodo link above)

3. Link you website from this GoogleDoc

4. Create a Webpage (state the grade level and/or content). This can be part of your website portfolio.

    • Begin to add content such as a welcome page, list of assignments, materials list for your "studnets", a class calendar, etc.

Session 2

Aug 30st (Th)


  1. Delicious
  2. RSS Reader
  3. Netvibes
  4. Educlipper
  5. Evernote
  6. Dropbox
  7. DropItToMe



·       Redirect your campus email to another account (such as Gmail)

How-to’s and Help

1. Create a Delicious account with at least five bookmarks (use the tag “EDS203”)

  • Bookmark 5 good educational sites
  • Add the specialized tag “EDS203”
  • Create RSS feed reader to receive “push” feeds for the delicious tag “EDS203”

2. Create an educational Netvibes page (be sure to link to the PUBLIC dashboard page that you make). You will need at least 6 RSS feeds.

3. Make a Wordle from one of your own papers. Include this in your website with some analysis of what the word cloud represents.

4. Complete Response Journal #2

Recommended Personal Productivity To-Do's

a. Create an Evernote Account

b. Create a Dropbox account

c. Create an RSS reader account and collect the Delicious tag

·       If you do not already have a reader I would recommend Google Reader

Session 3

Sept 4th (T)

Games and Simulations

  1. Scratch
  2. PhET
  3. K-6 Resources




How-to’s and Help

1. Complete Scratch Exercise One: Using Scratch.

2. Complete Scratch project “Fish!” and submit to Edmodo. You may also want to upload to the Scratch community so you can share this with others. Provide the link in your website (you will need to create an account to upload).

3. Explore 4 PhET simulations.

4. Explore the K-6 Educational websites

5. Complete Response Journal #3

Session 4

Sept 6th (Th)

Digital Video

  1. iMovie


  • Tutorial files on Keck lab computers



Check out the Movie you made

1. Create a 1-Minute movie

2. Complete Response Journal #4

Session 5

Sept 11th (T)

WebQuests & Wikis

1.     WebQuests

2.     Wikispaces


·       Encouraging the Use of Technology in the Classroom


How-to’s and Help

·       Zunal Help

1. Complete this WebQuest about WebQuests

·       Use this evaluation form to record your work.

2. Create a WebQuest in Zunal

3. Add a link to your WebQuest from our wiki WebQuest library

4. Complete Response Journal #5

Session 6

Sept 13th (Th)

Interactive Collaboration

  1. GoogleDocs
  2. Rubistar



How-to’s and Help

1. Create a Google Survey/Form. Post a link to your survey from your assignments page. Be sure to have people use the form to see how it works.

2. Create a tech infused activity plan in GoogleDocs. Copy this doc to your GoogleDocs and share with group members. Put a link to the “Public” document in your assignments page.

3. Create a rubric for the main assessment in your lesson plan. This can be included on the lesson plan.

4. Complete Response Journal #6

Topics I love but we did not get to experience: