MEd in Educational Technology
The Master of Education in Educational Technology is a 30-credit graduate degree designed for in-service teachers who desire to develop an expertise in the integration of technology into classroom learning.
Through the incorporation of both theoretical and real-world best practices and aligned with standards established by the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), the MEd in Educational Technology arms you with a comprehensive understanding of the role of technology in education in the 21st century. It enables you to acquire the skills and knowledge to effectively utilize technology in all aspects of your teaching and student assessment.
MEd in Educational Technology Overview
MEd in Educational Technology Overview
- Designing 21st Century Learning Environments
In order to be a successful educator in the 21st century and beyond, teachers and school systems must understand the dynamic environment they are preparing students for both now and in the future. Designing 21st Century Learning Environments explores the many aspects of what is needed to create and sustain learning environments that align with the times. The key areas of content and assessment, program structures, technology, media literacy, globalization, sustainability and habits of mind will be explored. While not specifically a technology course, this class examines the unique challenges and opportunities technology brings to the design of teaching and learning environments. Collaboration, accessibility, motivation and authentic learning are all highlighted.
- Integrating Educational Technology into Student Assessment
Educators in today's 21st Century learning environments find themselves faced with the challenge of ensuring that every student reaches proficiency in all core subject areas. One of the key factors that play a role in reaching this goal is the ability to gain and maintain student engagement. With the increased interest and reliance on technology among students, the ability to use technology as a learning and evaluation tool is becoming an important part of an educator's arsenal. Integrating Educational Technology into Student Assessment prepares teachers to infuse technology into the curriculum in ways that combine learning and assessment. This course will enable educators to successfully identify and facilitate the integration of an effective educational technology program and to understand how to use educational technology to assess multiple aspects of student achievement.
- Differentiated Instruction Using Educational Technology
Many current studies on the use of technology in elementary and secondary schools conclude that its appropriate use yields higher results in student achievement and engagement. Additionally, the thoughtful use of technology in the classroom is tied to decreased exhibition of inappropriate behaviors, increased confidence and lowered student absenteeism among at-risk populations. However, an understanding of the rationale for and the process of integrating technology with regular content area instruction is not widely seen throughout all K-12 schools in the United States. Differentiated Instruction Using Educational Technology prepares educators to use technology in the classroom to reach all types of learners. Teachers learn to identify which educational technology tools, resources and applications will work best for their specific population and how technology can help them increase the engagement and achievement of all students.
- Ethics in Educational Technology
This course, as part of the new Master of Education in Educational Technology, is designed to help educators identify, understand and form practical solutions for the common ethical issues related to technology in the modern classroom. Ethical issues such as protection of private property (copyright and plagiarism), freedom of speech (websites that advocate bias versus the First Amendment), and equality and justice (access to technology) will be studied in light of the ethical philosophies espoused by Immanuel Kant, John Stuart Mill and Rene Descartes. Emphasis will be placed on constructing learning environments that imbue K-12 students with the critical thinking skills required to formulate a code of ethics within a technology centric world.
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- Digital Communication in the Classroom
Digital Communication is the exchange of information over a range of different media tools. Student and teachers now have the ability to interact with each other over blogs, wikis, forums, discussion boards, and more. This class explores the opportunities that these types of digital communication can bring to the educational setting and how these support the curriculum most effectively.
- Digital Storytelling in the Classroom
Learn how reading, math and social studies assignments can be transformed into digital storytelling adventures. Participants investigate a variety of interdisciplinary projects with photography and videography, inspiring both themselves and their students to reflect thoughtfully and creatively. Digital stories come in many different flavors, from the creation of simple audio offerings to basic multimedia projects. This course incorporates a range of current technology options. No previous experience with digital photography or video editing necessary.
- Integrating iPad Technology into the Classroom
The introduction of the iPad brought the power and functionality of a full-size computer system into a lightweight, user-intuitive, mobile tablet and educators have since rapidly embraced it to meet computing needs and fill specific niche roles. Discover how technology can increase engagement, allow access to vast content and provide the ability to create media to share stories with visuals and sound, and signal what lies ahead for students. Bring technology into integrated use throughout the curriculum by using tablet devices and their applications to explore the development of lessons applicable to a range of subject areas through cross-curricular sound and video projects. Consider how the iPad can be an integrated professional tool for classroom management and for creating and sharing content. Discuss the financial resources for bringing these technologies into schools.
- Integrating Technology into the Language Arts Education
This course demonstrates practical integration strategies to help blend technology tools into lessons that enhance essential reading and writing skills. These educational technology tools easily reach and engage students on a level with which they are familiar and use daily. Hands-on activities for student use and classroom application include desktop publishing projects to combine text with images, web-based activities, and the use of technology tools for student writing and presentation projects.
- Integrating Technology into Math Education
Math can be found in all that you do every day. Technology provides natural and dynamic tools to illustrate math concepts and strengthen your lessons. This course focuses on practical integration strategies to help blend video images into your current teaching. Participants create presentations incorporating digital still and video images to show specific mathematical concepts using Apple's iMovie. Use the images to demonstrate everyday uses of math, motivate students to learn in an interactive manner and adapt these projects for students to produce themselves. The course covers methods to share creations as podcasts via the Internet and may discuss how iMovie interacts with other software programs. Harness the power of technology to make math more meaningful for students.
- Integrating Technology into Social Studies Education
This course considers practical integration strategies to help blend technology tools into lessons that enhance essential social studies curriculum in engaging ways with students. These educational technology tools easily reach and students on a level with which they are familiar and use daily. Hands-on activities for student use and classroom application include desktop publishing projects to combine text with images, web-based activities, and the use of technology tools for student presentation projects.
- Online Tools + Collaboration in Education
Educators can now empower their students to connect, create, and collaborate online. Explore the use of technology as a tool to engage students in constructive critical thinking about the subjects they study. User-friendly Web 2.0 tools, tools provide opportunities for educators and students to communicate and interact in new, collaborative ways. Lesson guides provide practical examples of techniques to integrate these online tools into the curriculum.
- Using Print Design + Digital Photos in the Classroom
Combine text and photography in practical print applications for classroom and school community use. In this class, participants use their own photographs and text to design and print a brochure describing a Philadelphia site, an adventure showing design concepts and techniques that make words and images not just more effective and meaningful, but harder to resist. Also learn how to use Photoshop in conjunction with other software programs. Open to beginners in design and photography projects. Course uses primarily Photoshop, with some InDesign. Bring a digital camera to class.
- Web-Based Lessons + Resources
Learn how and where to find the most effective educational resources on the web: web 2.0 tools, model education sites, and more. This course enables novices and advanced users to explore web-based active learning and consider methods to incorporate skills into lessons. Create web pages and learn presentation techniques using multimedia tools, slide shows and concept mapping.
- Research Methods
An independent study course that prepares the student to successfully engage in the essential aspects of research for the culminating research based project required in the Capstone Seminar for the Master of Education in Educational Program Design degree. Registration approval required from the department.
- Capstone Research Project
The Capstone serves as the culminating course in the MEd degree. It is comprehensive in nature and is designed to demonstrate students’ mastery of educational theory and practice in Educational Technology.