Our technology-infused lives enable K-12 students to communicate, analyze, synthesize and evaluate their own learning, and to better understand the world around them in new and compelling ways. Explore the best ways for you to integrate and use technology in your own teaching, coordinate classroom and school technology needs, learn to manage technological resources, and optimize technology for instruction. Come away with multiple strategies for digital projects and curricula within your classroom, school, and/or District.
- Foundations of Educational Technology
Educational technology includes the many tools and methods in which technology is used within an educational setting. This course presents an overview of the variety of instructional technology options and considers how these are effective across the curriculum. Participants research current trends in education that are directly related to technology. Emphasis is placed on reaching different types of learners, considerations of integration, and assessing effectiveness of technology use.
Select 3 courses with subject code ETEC. Courses may include:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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