Technology Integration for Teaching

Developing digital literacy as a teacher is about more than finding engaging web-based programs that keep students interested. Among other things, truly incorporating educational technology requires that teachers consider how it aligns with their existing pedagogy, how it can be structured to meet the needs of all learners, and how it can serve to enhance learning rather than acting as a temporary solution to a problem.  In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is more important than ever for teachers to develop online teaching skills and learn to create an engaging virtual environment, just as they would in a face-to-face setting.

Below, you will find an interactive educational technology course. The goals of the course include:

  • Participants will engage with a range of technology-related concepts, theories, systems, models, practices, and resources that impact teaching and learning in the digital age.

  • Participants will investigate safe, legal, and ethical practices in current educational technology.

  • Participants will explore digital learning practices to determine the degree to which they support the development of problem-solving or critical thinking skills and improve student learning.

  • Participants will become involved in local and global learning networks that enhance their knowledge and skills as a technology literate professional educator.

The course is organized into four modules:

  • Module 1 introduces the concept of educational technology and covers some important research and theory in the field.

  • Module 2 covers the new pedagogy of educational technology and the different ethical considerations associated with online learning.

  • Module 3 discusses the practical implementation and integration of educational technology.

  • Module 4 provides information on creating accessible and equitable learning experiences for all students. 

Throughout the course, you will be asked to participate in discussions using various online learning platforms. As teachers, we are often asked to incorporate new technologies into our teaching. My goal here is to introduce you to many collaborative learning platforms so that you are able to transfer that learning to whatever your school uses. 

Please watch the welcome video for a little more information on why this course was created and what I hope it accomplishes. 

Welcome!

Modules

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Module 1

Research and Theory in Educational Technology

- Read the course intro and view the 5 Myths about Online Learning video.

- View the ed tech PowerPoint video

- Post in the Educational Technology Padlet

- Read the following:

- Engage with the discussion forum​

Module 2

Ethical Considerations of Online Learning (the New Pedagogy) 

-Watch videos introducing the New Pedagogy.

-Share your ideas on a Google Form.

-Create a virtual support group.

-Read and analyze the Model Code of Ethics for Educators

-Consider cybertraps for educators and share your ideas for professional development.

Students in Library

Module 3

Implementation and Integration of Educational Technology

- Watch videos introducing   backward planning and Understanding by Design

- Participate in a Menti poll about backward planning

- Investigate educational technology tools 

- Share resources for incorporating student agency.

- Reflect on which tools will be the best for your classroom.

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Module 4

Meaningful and Accessible Learning for All Learners

- Learn about Universal Design for Learning.

- Consider how you respond to student needs in your classroom. 

- Engage with several resources from Educating All Learners 

-Read about teaching English Learners in an online setting

-Reflect on how to be responsive and engaging simultaneously

©2021 by Christina J. Lunsmann