EDS 204
Technology and Professional Assessment
Summer 2011

Instructors: Section A: Jim Levin; jalevin@ucsd.edu; Section B: Chris Halter chalter@ucsd.edu

Our class website http://edsserver.ucsd.edu/courses/eds204/su11/

Meeting Place & Time:

Section A: 9am - 12pm;
Section B: 1pm - 4pm


KECK Computer Lab
Pepper Canyon Hall Rm 440

Our Offices: Jim: 327 Pepper Canyon Hall; Chris: 368 Pepper Canyon Hall
Our Office Phones: Jim (858) 822-5721; Chris (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.
6. Using an external hard drive with iMovie.

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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 Creative Commons through YouTube. It will also contain audio, music, and narration. All images and creative work must be public domain or Creative Commons.

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, Creative Commons, 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 Creative Commons 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, 6/15

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 (2010)

Respond to Chris' blog

"Tell Me a Story" in-class activity.

Create your own blog (if you don't already have one) in Edublog, Blogger from Google, or use the blog in your EDS203 website at webs.com .

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.

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

Section B: Evaluate the even numbered "Top 10 EDS videos" using this rubric (i.e. 2, 4, 6, 8, & 10).

Week 2

Session 2
Mon, 6/20

Digital Story

  • Planning
  • Storyboarding
  • Resources (Creative Commons and Royalty Free)

Bring your headphones to class.

Digital Storytelling Cookbook Ch. 2-4


Explore/Create accounts for:



(when using CC music be sure to include the CC license language in the comments section of YouTube)

License info to include in your YouTube upload

Start writing a draft of your digital story narrative.

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

Read Jennifer Walters' abstract before Wednesday.

Post any questions you have for Jennifer Walters to Chris' blog by late Tuesday afternoon, in preparation for our interaction with her on Wednesday.

Session 3
Wed, 6/22

Digital Story Production

11am & 1pm: Jennifer Walters, Superintendent, Escondido Union School District "iPod Touches in the Classroom"
her video
her presentation slides
the iRead web site


Chris' video on "Image Search with Creative Commons"

Copyright and Fair Use Guidelines chart

Collaborative tools for teaching

Khan Academy podcasts (Khan on Cobert), UCSD podcasts, K-12 student podcasts

iTunes University (accessed via iTunes app)

Form critical friends groups to support the creation of your video.

Blog Post #2: Post your Digital Story script in your blog.

Week 3

Session 4
Mon, 6/27

Podcasting with Audacity (with LAME)

Digital Story Production


Bring your headphones to class.

UCSD Model Release

Storyboard template

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

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

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

Session 5
Wed, 6/29

Video Sharing in your class

Open Lab: Digital Story Production

Our digital story will be uploaded into YouTube and you will put the title and a link to it on the EDS204 video list so that we can all view one another's videos.

Why use YouTube? Access YouTube, and upload your video. You will use the same login that you have already created for using GoogleDocs or GMail or Blogger.

License info to include in your YouTube upload

Chris' 2020

Bring your headphones to class.

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

See Chris' Blog post on adding a podcast to your own blog.

A 2020 Vision vodcast Chris made a few years ago.

Week 4

Session 6
Mon, 7/4

UCSD Holiday


Session 7
Wed, 7/6

Open lab time

Multimedia and collaborative media

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

Use QuickTime Player (in the Applications folder)
File->New Screen Recording

Bring your headphones to class.

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, 7/11

Open lab time

Uploading your videos

Bring your headphones to class.

Upload your video to YouTube. From iMovie, select "Share" and then "YouTube". If using other movie making software, save it in one these formats that YouTube supports.

License info to include in your YouTube upload

Type the title of your video after your name on the EDS video page and link to your video on YouTube (check your link after you create it).

5-minute Digital Story due by the start of class on Wednesday

Session 9
Wed, 7/13

Open lab time

EDS Academy Awards

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

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

Creating DVDs of our projects
(bring a blank DVD-R if you want to make a fully functional DVD disc).
From iMovie, Share -> iDVD

Other activities:

Use this rubric to evaluate the format of your own PowerPoint presentation of your research and the presentation of at least one of your fellow classmates.

Academy Awards Voting:Vote on 5 different videos from the EDS 204 video list, using this rubric. After you vote on a video, put an "v" after the title in the video list. If there's already one or more "v"s, just add yours. Please select ones to vote on that don't already have 5 "v"'s.

Session 10
Fri, 7/15

M.Ed. Colloquium

Give your digital multi-media presentation.



Creative Commons License
This EDS 204 syllabus by Chris Halter & Jim Levin is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.