INSTRUCTIONAL TECHNOLOGY METHODS AND INNOVATION

Course Registration Details

COURSE TITLE:

Instructional Technology Methods & Innovations

Offered through:

University of San Diego — Division of Continuing Education

COURSE CODE:

USD 560GR

Credits:

3 Graduate Level Extension Course Credits (these are NOT C.E.U. Credits)

You may take the course without signing up for credit.

One (1) credit at Univ. Of San Diego = USD$65.00

Location:

International School Songdo (F2F and OL)

Instructor:

Roland A. Maiquez

Course Description

This hybrid course — face-to-face and online (F2F and OL) — is designed to help online educators (you) apply the current trends, research, and best practices for supporting instruction with appropriate application of recent and innovative educational technologies.

This course is designed for you! The Web 2.0 resources we will explore are designed to help your own students achieve educational standards and objectives. This course will give you ideas on developing effective teaching methods and instructional strategies that capitalize on your own interest in technology and use that familiarity to improve your own students' academic performance.

You will have an opportunity to evaluate and analyze current, relevant research, and projects demonstrating conceptual understanding of evaluating, and infusing technology-enriched activities into existing curricular units. You will also learn the core concepts of how Web 2.0 is impacting learning environments.

TWO PARAGRAPHS ON WEB 2.0

When the Web was first introduced, building and editing web pages required the ability to code in HTML. This meant that only a small group of individuals were able to add content to the web. Over the years this was somewhat simplified by tools such as FrontPage or DreamWeaver; but these tools still required some technical knowledge. In the last several years many web sites started creating interfaces that allow non-technical users to add content. For example, the eBay user interface allows users to add text and pictures with relative ease. This phase of the Web, where non-technical users can add content to the Web, has been labeled Web 2.0. Most of the Millennial Generation has grown up with the Web and are adept at using Web 2.0 sites.

There are many categories of Web 2.0 sites that include Blogs and Wikis; Social Networking sites; Social Bookmarking Sites; Audio, Video and Screencasting sites; Cloud Computing sites and Mashups. There are also many ways to use Web 2.0 sites in education. They can be used as a communication tool between instructor and students, or between students; or as a way for students to communicate with the rest of the world. Web 2.0 sites can also be used in different phases of education. They can be used in marketing to prospective students, as supplemental tools in traditional or e-learning classes, or as a way to maintain connections with graduates and alumni. (More on this in the course!)

Technical Requirements

1. To get the most from this class you should have basic computer and Internet skills.

2. You should be able to use the Mac Operating System (OS) or Windows OS to organize files on your computer, send and receive e-mail, and search the Internet.

3. Familiarity with graphics and multimedia editing software would be beneficial, but is not required.

4. You need to bring your own WiFi-enabled working laptop computer each class meeting (including the power supply).

5. Bring a mouse (recommended), external keyboard (optional), and digital camera (optional).

The “Fluffy” Course Goals

1. By the end of this course, you will be able to develop effective teaching methods and instructional strategies that capitalize on your own students’ interest in technology and use that familiarity to improve students’ academic performance.

2. You will be able to use educational technology to meet learning goals in 21st century skills such as critical thinking; collaborative problem solving; life and career skills; information, media, and technology skills; as well as higher levels of achievement in core academic subjects.

The Practical/Hands-on Course Goals

Upon completion of this course, you will be able to (not limited to this list):

1. Describe Web 2.0, what it is and what it isn’t, and it’s relationship to education

2. Identify uses for Web 2.0 in the classroom

3. Investigate the communication features and uses of Blogs, Wikis and Social Networking sites

4. Setup and use a Blog

5. Subscribe to different RSS Feeds

6. Sign on to Wikipedia, and learn how to contribute.

7. Create a private Wiki space for a class.

8. Create social networking accounts.

9. Post images and messages.

10. Create and use an account at Delicious to store bookmarks

11. Add links to Digg and other social bookmarking sites

12. Use Audacity to create a podcast, and then post it

13. Use SnapzPro or Camtasia to create a Screencast

14. Create a YouTube account , post a video

15. Use the Office Live and Google Docs sites for Cloud Computing and collaboration

16. Create a mashup by adding a Youtube video and a Google map to a web page

17. Develop policies for dealing with potential ADA and legal issues associated with using Web 2.0 sites in the classroom

18. Develop assessment rubrics and methods for assessing the impact on student learning

19. Identify uses for Web 2.0 outside the classroom, for recruiting and fund raising

· “Text books?!?!?!!!” The best way to learn about Web 2.0 is through the Web itself. (Hopefully this isn’t a surprise.) J

· eBook or Audio Book of: The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century

by Thomas L. Friedman

If you want to do some preliminary research and reading you can:

· Search the Web for “Web 2.0” or “Web 2.0 education” and find many excellent articles.

· Or … you can use the list I created at www.delicious.com by connecting to http://delicious.com/edtechworld/iss-web-2.0-class

Course Timeline

· Due to the nature of exploration that will be practiced in this course, we will not have a strict timeline on course milestones. However, we will still strive to complete three (3) “Things” (topics/activities) per week.

· It is also highly recommended that assignments be completed soon after they are assigned so that you won’t find yourself procrastinating too much. J

· Each class session is approximately 2 hours long with short breaks.

In the duration of this course, we will cover the following “23 Things” (based on Shelley Paul’s work – outline below). http://k12learning20.wikispaces.com/23Things

(The original web resource that Shelley Paul published had exactly “23 Things”. Due to the evolving nature of web resources, a few additions found their way into the 23 Things – increasing the number. Nevertheless, we still refer to the whole set as the “23 Things”. J)

THING #

TASK DESCRIPTION

Thing 0

Learn about the course, get yourself a Google/Gmail Account and get Firefox

Thing 1

Review some strategies for Lifelong Learning

Thing 2

Learn a bit about Web 2.0, and Why it Matters

Thing 2.5

(Register for your spiffy new EDUBLOG and get a tiny jump before Thing 3)

Thing 3

Set up your blog and write your first posts.

Thing 4

Explore some uses of blogs in education; Consider possibilities for blogging in your professional environment.

Thing 5

Learn about RSS and set up Google Reader

Thing 6

Feed your reader: find & subscribe to feeds

Thing 7

Begin to build an RSS reading habit. (Listed on same page with Thing 6).

Thing 8

What is a wiki? Explore educational uses for wikis.

Thing 9

Set up your own page on the K12 Learning 2.0 participant sandbox wiki.

Thing 10

Learn about Creative Commons

Thing 11

Intro to Photosharing and Tagging; Explore Flickr and download some CC photos.

Thing 12

Create an online Slideshow using Creative Commons photos

Thing 13

Attend a "21st Century" Conference (in your PJs)

Thing 14

Explore one or more tools of choice (Blabberize, Gliffy, Quizlet, Ta-Da List, etc)

Thing 14.5

Blog about something interesting you've found in your Google Reader.

Thing 15

Intro to Social Bookmarking; Set up a Delicious account and begin adding & tagging resources

Thing 16

Discover LibraryThing

Thing 17

Intro to Podcasting; Explore some educational podcasts

Thing 18

Create a "Bare Bones" podcast.

Thing 19

Intro to Video Sharing; Explore YouTube and TeacherTube.

Thing 20

Use Google Docs to create and share collaborative documents, spreadsheets and presentations

Thing 21

Create a custom start page using Pageflakes

Thing 21.5

Blog about something interesting you've found in your Google Reader.

Thing 22

Learn about Social Networking and explore the Classroom 2.0 and other education-related NING Networks

Thing 23

Add your reflections to the K12 Learning 2.0 Voicethread; Blog about your experiences and next steps

Activities in a Typical Class Session

The instructor will:

· Present a topic through live demonstration, website visits and other resource exploration, and discuss classroom implications.

· Be nurturing, kind, gentle, and patient with participants (or at least try to be…)

Participants (You) will:

· Use the presented tools while in class to demonstrate actual use of online resources,

· Exchange posts regularly with their colleagues and participate in live discussions and online discussions using online board conferencing,

· Review and discuss online and text-based reading materials,

· Collaborate with colleagues using online participatory tools,

· Develop and share media that can be used in the classroom environment,

· Collaborate!

· Assist in each others’ learning!

· Feel free to bring snacks to share with others!

· Bring you reading glasses.

· (Additional activities – TBD.)

* Practical application assignments and projects will be assigned on the first meeting of each Group – to be submitted regularly until December 12, 2009.

“Class Groups”

GROUP A - Morning

GROUP C - Morning

1)

*Theresa Lee

1)

*Gonzalo Simo

2)

*David West

2)

*Tedi Ware

3)

Evelyn Marcantoni

3)

Marilyn Slaughter

4)

Lynn Pendleton

4)

Rae Ann Kelley

5)

Ava Weeks

5)

Jim Kelley

GROUP B – Afternoon (same day as Group A)

GROUP D – Afternoon (same day as Group C)

1)

*Gigi Maiquez

1)

*Karen Alvia

2)

*Soleiman Dias

2)

*Gary Donahue

3)

*Araceli Nelson

3)

Ila Pavesic

4)

Kathy Clement

4)

Bill Pavesic

5)

Jeff Ridlington

5)

Karen Wood

6)

Sarahi Vicente

· Names with *** are M.S. teachers of Aracelita and Isa.

· If you're one of these teachers and you have a class with the girls in the morning, then join the Technology Class with me in the afternoon.

· If you have a class with these students in the afternoon, then join the Technology Class with me in the morning