EDS 204B
Technology and Professional Assessment
Summer 2010

Instructor: Chris Halter chalter@ucsd.edu

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

Meeting Place & Time:

1 pm - 4 pm


KECK Computer Lab
Pepper Canyon Hall Rm 440

My Office: 368 Pepper Canyon Hall                  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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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 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 YouTube.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 threads that will tie together the story are 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 digital video.


Course Calendar


Class Activity

Readings and Resources


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)



Edublog (Educablog Video Tutorials)
Chris' blog

The top ten EDS videos

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 "Top 10 EDS videos" using this rubric. We will be looking at the even numbered videos (2,4,6,8, & 10)

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:


Resources: Explore/Create accounts for:

Initial storyboard plan

Respond to at least three of your classmates' blog post #1 entries.

Session 3
Wed, 6/23

Digital Story Production



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

Post your thoughts and or response to Chris' thoughts here in preparation for Carmen Restrepo to presentation 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"

UCSD Model Release

Storyboard template

Web sites for downloading video from streaming video sites (use only CreativeCommons video if downloading):

Web sites for converting one file format to another:

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 (join)

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.

2020 Classroom Reesources:

Bring your headphones to class.

Respond to at least two of your classmates' blog entries for Blog Post #2. Try to select two that you haven't responded to before.

Please visit the EDS204 Group in YouTube 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

Video Project workday

You will signup for the colloquium in EDS206

Video Tutorial on sharing, uploading, and groups.

Respond to at least two of your classmates' blog entries about their classrooms in the year 2020. Try to select two that you haven't responded to before.

Week 5

Session 8
Mon, 7/12

EDS Academy Awards

Video Project workday

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

5-minute Digital Story DUE

Session 9
Wed, 7/14

Revise your movie based on feedback.

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).

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.