EDS 204A
Technology and Professional Assessment
Summer 2010

Instructor: Jim Levin jalevin@ucsd.edu

Our class website http://edsserver.ucsd.edu/courses/eds204/su10/a/
Our class blogs: http://docs.google.com/View?id=dcjjtqdk_1632j2hcfgw

Meeting Place & Time:

9am - 12pm


KECK Computer Lab
Pepper Canyon Hall Rm 440

My Office: 327 Pepper Canyon Hall                  My Office Phone: (858) 822-5721

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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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. Video and PowerPoint: http://www.indiana.edu/~tltl/multimedia/ppt_video.html
4. Video and Windows PowerPoint: http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/powerpoint/HA100484611033.aspx
5. 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 16th.

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 YouTube. 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 threads that will tie together the story are 1) your growth as a professional over the past year, and 2) 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 digital video.


Course Calendar


Class Activity

Readings and Resources

Assignments (due at the beginning of the following class meeting)

Week 1

Session 1
Wed, 6/16

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


Edublogs (Edublogs Video Tutorials)
Chris' blog

The top ten EDS 204 digital video stories listed in the EDS Video Spotlight on the EDS web page

Last year's EDS 204 videos

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

Link to it from our class blog list.

Evaluate the odd numbered"Top 10 EDS videos" using this rubric (i.e. 1, 3, 5, 7, & 9).

Week 2

Session 2
Mon, 6/21

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:
her 2010 Powerpoint
her 2010 video

her 2009 Powerpoint
• her 2009 video

Digital Storytelling Cookbook Ch. 2-4


Explore/Create accounts for:



Initial storyboard plan

Respond to at least three of your classmates' blog post #1 entries. Choose ones that don't already have three responses.

Session 3
Wed, 6/23

Digital Story Production


Chris' video on "Image Search with CreativeCommons"

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

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

Read Carmen Restrepo's abstract and the short article by Kay & Knaack (2009) before next Monday.

Post any questions you have for Carmen Restrepo to Chris' blog by Friday, in preparation for our interaction with her next Monday.

Week 3

Session 4
Mon, 6/28

Podcasting with Audacity (with LAME)

Digital Story Production

11am: Carmen Restrepo, Cajon Valley School District "Technology in the classroom"
her video
her PowerPoint

UCSD Model Release

Storyboard template

Web sites for downloading video from streaming video sites:
* KeepVid
* MyPodcast (allows uploading and linking of your podcast)

Web sites for converting one file format to another:
* http://media-convert.com
* http://2conv.com

Blog Post #2 with podcast: Post your Digital Story script.

Session 5
Wed, 6/30

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 videos.

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.

Chris' 2020

Bring your headphones to class.

Respond to at least two of your classmates' blog entries for Blog Post #2. Try to select two that don't already have two responses already.

Please visit the EDS204 Group and request to join.

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

Week 4

Session 6
Mon, 7/5

UCSD Holiday


Session 7
Wed, 7/7

Multimedia and collaborative media

Project work. You will signup for the M.Ed. colloquium in EDS206.

Respond to at least two of your classmates' blog entries about their classrooms in the year 2020. Try to select two that don't already have two responses.

Week 5

Session 8
Mon, 7/12

Uploading your videos

Upload your video to YouTube, mark it as a "favorite", then add it to the EDS 204 YouTube group. If you change your video, repeat this process.

5-minute Digital Story DUE

Session 9
Wed, 7/14

EDS Academy Awards

Revise your movie based on the feedback you've received.

Final work day for project changes.
Bring your headphones to class.

Link your video from the EDS video page and list your title after your name.

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

Academy Awards Voting - Vote on 5 videos from the EDS 204 group in YouTube.

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.


Session 10
Fri, 7/16

M.Ed. Colloquium

Give your digital multi-media presentation.