EST 521 The Social and Global Impact of Technology in Education
This course will explore educational systems and practices globally and how the use or lack of use of technology within education impacts society. Inversely students will research how society dictates the use or lack of use of technology in education within the specified educational system. Throughout the course, students will focus on one region of the world and research the current educational system and specifically how they use technology within education. In their research they will find out what technology is available within the educational system, how that technology is used, explore the effectiveness of the technology and research the social impact of that technology use. Students will connect with a global participant via distance communication or video conferencing to gain real world knowledge of the educational system and the use of technology for the specified region. The culminating project is a research based project that assesses the use of technology within the selected global region, offers solutions on how to improve the use of technology and compares that system and the use of technology with our own use of technology locally in our current educational system.
EST 522 Integrating Educational Technology into Social Studies and Language Arts
Students will learn how to integrate technology into Social Studies and Language Arts curriculum using the ISTE/NETs standards and National Technology Plan to aid in the delivery of instruction. Students will develop a push-in training model focused on the Social Studies and Language Arts Core Curriculum and subject related needs. Students will meet with a Social Studies and Language Arts educator, assess their needs, design an educational technology push-in around those needs and push-in the training with the educator to their class. The culminating activity for this course is to conduct the push-in training with a Social Studies and Language Arts educator and their class. After the push-in training students will work with the instructor to evaluate the delivery and content of the lesson as well as assess the outcome and results of educator learning.
EST 523 Integrating Educational Technology into Mathematics and Science
Students will learn how to integrate technology into Math and Science curriculum using ISTE/NETs standards and the National Technology Plan to aid in the delivery of instruction. Students will develop an educational technology workshop focused on the Math and Science Core Curriculum and subject related needs. Students will meet with a group of Math and Science educators, asses their needs, design an educational technology workshop around those needs and deliver the workshop to the educators. The culminating activity for this course is to conduct the developed workshop to a group of Math and Science educators. After the delivery of the workshop, students will work with the instructor and classmates to evaluate the delivery and content of the lesson as well as assess the outcome and results of educator learning.
EST 524 The Role of Educational Technology Specialist
In this course students will learn the role and responsibilities of an Educational Technology Specialist. Students will connect with an administrator and work with the course instructor to develop a year-long technology integration plan. The development of the plan will include: a data driven needs assessment based on current goals and technology available, use of that data to address specific technology/curriculum needs, the integration plan proposal, creation of a professional development plan using workshops, push-ins or one-on-one sessions to deliver instruction and a peer evaluation of the effectiveness of the proposed technology integration plan. In addition, students will learn how to infuse the ISTE Standards and the National Technology Plan into the curriculum, research new technologies and educational resources, and understand the social, political, ethical and legal issues surrounding educational technology.
EST 525 Google for Education: Foundations
Google Apps for Education is a powerful suite that now seamlessly integrates into curricula and district technology goals. In this course, students will learn the tools necessary to become a Google Certified Trainer. Students will create and learn how to set up a Google Apps account and domain. They will also develop a comprehensive knowledge of a number of different products within Google Apps including - Drive, Calendar, Gmail, Sites and more. Students will focus on what it takes to become a Google Certified Trainer through hands-on coursework, review and preparation for the six Google Apps for Education Certification exams. The culminating activity for this course is a presentation on how to integrate of one of the Google Apps products into an educational environment.
EST 526 Google for Education: Curriculum Integration
In this course, students will learn how to fully integrate the Google Apps products into education including YouTube, Blogger, and Google+. Students will explore educational best practices and examples of materials needed to submit the application for a Google Certified Trainer. Students will create a video biography, instructional video, case study, and additional training materials. Students will also participate in a Google EdOnAir Hangout. The culminating activity of this course is the submission of the completed application and all related materials.
EST 527 Google for Education: Professional Development
We are living in a hyperconnected world which allows us instant access to information from anywhere using mobile devices and cloud based technologies. In this course students will learn about what these technologies are, the power they have and what it takes to integrate them into the curriculum. Students will explore a multitude of educational apps, design an app with a corresponding apptivity and design a cloud based lesson. Students will also learn how to integrate, sync and deploy a number of mobile technologies within the educational environment including, iPads, Android tablets, Windows Surface tablets, Ultrabooks and Chrome Books. The culminating project for this course is to assess needs, research and develop a plan to integrate one of the mobile technologies within an educational environment.
EST 528 Teaching with Interactive Whiteboards and Immersive Technologies
Interactive whiteboards and other immersive technologies have changed the way educators deliver instruction. They are a technology that has enormous potential to impact student learning in a hands-on, kinesthetic way. Throughout this course students will explore best practices using immersive technologies within education. Students will learn how to effectively integrate interactive whiteboards, interactive projectors and cameras, learner responses systems, document cameras as well as other technologies. The culminating project for this course a comprehensive lesson plan utilizing immersive technology hardware and the associated software within the curriculum.
EST 529 The Impact of Mobile Devices and Cloud Based Systems in Education
In this course students will learn how to support Common Core Standards through the infusion of educational technology by identifying, sharing, and exploring technology tools that support all curricula. Students will unpack the Common Core Standards and analyze and discuss best practices that effectively integrate technology to promote rigorous teaching and learning. The culminating assignment for this course is the design, delivery, reflection, revision and presentation of your technology infused Common Core lessons.
EST 565 Foundations of Technology in Education
Throughout this course students will explore the basic pedagogical issues and social impact of using technology in education. This course examines the basic principles of integrating technology and computer applications into the curriculum. Students will learn how to use and integrate word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation applications for educator planning and student project work. Students will also learn how to use a number of online based Web 2.0 applications within school curriculum. The culminating activity for this course is the design and a presentation of a micro-lesson using one these applications as they would in the classroom.
EST 567 The Internet, Social Networking and Collaborative Environments
In this course students will learn the basic principles of using the Internet for instruction, the science and engineering concepts behind modern communication systems and their impact on education as well as the evolution of the Internet in education. Students will design and create a website and explore the use and social impact of collaborative learning environments and social networking. Students will learn how to evaluate and effectively integrate a variety of educational resources, such as web 2.0 tools and modern communication devices for active learning. Students will also develop a clear understanding of the issues surrounding cybersafety, cyberbullying, and the ethical issues raised by the use of technology in education. The culminating activity for this course is the development and publishing of a collaborative website that showcases the material and skills mastered throughout this course.
EST 570 Educational Technology Lesson Development
In this course students will learn principles of instructional design and how to fully integrate technology into daily curriculum. Throughout the course students will plan, develop and evaluate a lesson plan that demonstrates an expertise in the integration of educational technology. Students will apply the skills, techniques, resources and research necessary to effectively create an educational technology inspired lesson plan. The lesson plan may include the use of emerging technologies, distance learning, multimedia projects, collaborative environments, computer applications and Internet resources. The culminating project for this course is the completion of a lesson plan in a specific content area that incorporates multiple modalities of technology into pedagogical practices.
EST 571 Educational Technology Research Methodologies
This course evaluates the impact and value of educational technology uses through detailed research based on a number of current topics. Course goals include understanding research methodology and literature and exploring assessment design and implementation. The course includes class discussions and project work based on student learning with technology, access and the digital divide, the National Education Technology Plan, Internet literacy, emerging technologies, virtual schools, and data driven research.
EST 573 Interactive Multimedia Curriculum Design and Development
This course allows students to learn how to use a variety of multimedia tools for the classroom. Principles of user interface and interaction design will be covered. Throughout the course students design an interactive unit plan using multimedia authoring software. Students will work with audio/video editing software, collaborative learning software, and learn how to embed online games, activities and video within their unit plan. Development of the interactive multimedia unit requires students to: submit a proposal, use graphic organizers to plan and design, create a draft version, create assessment tools, test market with a specific target audience, then evaluate the unit before the final version is completed. The culminating activity is the presentation and delivery of the finished interactive multimedia unit.
EST 574 Distance Learning and Virtual Environments
Web-based distance learning applications are quickly growing within higher education institutions, K-12 schools, and corporate environments. The focus of this course is on the underlying theories, design, and implementation of effective modes of e-learning. Students will explore virtual schools, virtual learning, virtual environments and other forms of distance education. The social differences between face-to-face and virtual learning will also be examined and discussed throughout the course. Students will explore virtual learning resources and design their own virtual learning lesson. The culminating project for this course will be the demonstration and write up of the experience.