UCSD Education Studies Program

Course Syllabus

Course Number and Title:

EDS203 Technology, Teaching and Learning

Quarter and Year: Summer 2012

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. Both labs have comparable software applications loaded.

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:

·       Class Website Listing: Add a link to your website

·       Our Edmodo Portal (response journals and resources): Request Code “zgh7bk”

·       EDS WebQuest Library: Add a link to your group WebQuest. Be sure to click on “Request to Join”

·       Assignment Description and Guide

Course Plan

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


Topics & Activities

Readings & Resources

(readings completed prior to class)


(due by next class meeting unless otherwise noted)

Session 1

June 19th (T)

Website Creation

1.     Weebly

2.     Media (CC)

3.     Copyright


·       Webpage Rubric


·       Teachers Should Know Copyright from Wrong

·       Digital Natives


·       Weebly

·       My Weebly model

·       Picasa

·       Flickr

·       Open Photo

How-to’s and Help

·       Beginner’s Guide to Weebly

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

Session 2

June 21st (Th)


1.     Edmodo


·       What is CreativeCommons?

·       A Complete Guide to CC Images

·       Citing CC Images


·       Edmodo

·       Our Edmodo site (Request Code “zgh7bk” to join)

How-to’s and Help

·       Edmodo Help Center

1. Continue with your website

2. Create an Edmodo site for your class or a Webpage (state the grade level and/or content)

Session 3

June 26th (T)


1.     Delicious

2.     RSS Reader

3.     Netvibes

4.     Educlipper

5.     Evernote

6.     Dropbox

7.     DropItToMe


·       Using Web 2.0 Tools in the Classroom


·       Delcious

·       My Delicious bookmarks

·       Google Reader

·       Netvibes Social RSS

·       My Public Netvibes

·       Educlipper

·       Evernote

·       Dropbox

·       DropItToMe

·       Wordle

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

How-to’s and Help

·       Delicious Help and add the tools to your browser

·       Netvibes Documentation

·       Netvibes Public Dashboard

·       Evernote Getting Started

·       Dropbox Help Center

·       DropItToMe About

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 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)

3. Make a Wordle from one of your own papers. Include this in your website with some analysis.

4. Complete Response Journal #2

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 4

June 28th (Th)

Games and Simulations

1.     Scratch

2.     PhET


·       Scratch Project 1

·       Scratch Project 2


·       Learning with Computer Games and Simulations

·       Simulations and Games (Research Overview)


·       Scratch

·       Scratch Community

·       PhET Interactive Simulations

How-to’s and Help

·       Scratch Support

1. Complete Scratch Exercise One: Using Scratch.

2. Complete Scratch project “Fish!” and submit our Edmodo course site or upload to Scratch community and provide the link (you will need to create an account to upload).

3. Explore 5 PhET simulations.

Session 5

July 3rd (T)


1.     QR Codes

2.     Glogster

3.     Cel.ly

4.     PollEverywhere


·       Using QR Codes in the Classroom

·       Texting in the Classroom


·       QR Creator

·       Glogster

·       Cel.ly

·       PollEverywhere

How-to’s and Help

·       Cel.ly FAQ

·       PollEverywhere FAQ

1. Create a Glogster on any topic

2. Add a link to your Glogster from our page.

3. Complete Response Journal #3

Session 6

July 5th (Th)

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

Session 7

July 10th (T)

Digital Video

1.     iMovie


·       Tutorial files on Keck lab computers


·       Digital Storytelling for Teachers (TEDx)


Check out the Movie you made


1. Create a 1-Minute movie

2. Complete Response Journal 4

Session 8

July 12th (Th)


1.     GoogleDocs

2.     Rubistar


·       GoogleDocs in the Classroom

·       Revisiting Google Docs for Classroom Use

·       Understanding Rubrics


·       GoogleDocs

·       Rubistar

How-to’s and Help

·       GoogleDocs Help

·       Rubistar Tutorial

·       Make a GoogleDocPublic on the Web

1. Create a tech infused lesson 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.

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