General Information about Integrating Technology across the Curriculum courses
Title: Digital Storytelling Course
Author: Cheyenne Whirley
Abstract: This course was created to teach you all about Digital Storytelling. By participating in each unit you will learn what it is and how it is a significant classroom tool. You will also learn how to create digital stories so that you can incorporate them into the curriculum.
Course Objective: By the end of this course, you should be able to state what a digital story is, generate a list of ways that digital stories can be used in each subject area for your grade level, create a digital story that is appropriate for your grade level using Microsoft Photo Story, list the benefits of digital stories in all subject areas and facilitate the use of a digital story with your students.
Tag(s): digital storytelling, classroom teaching, curriculum
Author: Thomas Cutonilli
Abstract: This mini-course is designed to give participants an authentic experience on how using a simple simulation of a natural phenomenon can help to create an inquiry-based classroom.
Course Objective: By the end of this course, participants will be able to understand the characteristics of inquiry-based learning, understand what simulations are, understand why simulations can be used for student inquiry, generate list of possible difficulties and learning supports when using simulations, and demonstrate how the use of simulations promotes inquiry by providing an example of the application of a simulation in a lesson on a natural event and any teacher facilitated supports required for its effective use.
Tag(s): inquiry-based learning, simulations
Author: Michelle Duncan
Abstract: The course introduces what webquests are and what components are needed to create webquest for teachers to use in their classroom.
Course Objective: By the end of this lesson, you shall be able to state what a webquest is, create a webquest for your specific content area, and implement and facilitate the webquest you have created in your classroom.
Tag(s): webquest, classroom teaching
Author: Susan McKinstray
Abstract: This course is designed to assist educators in learning why WebQuests are used in the classroom, instruct on how to develop a WebQuest, show how a WebQuest is implemented in the classroom, and how to use authentic assessments with WebQuest activities.
Course Objective: After completing this course the learners should be able to identify educational goals in your context for using the Internet for Inquiry based learning, choose topic related websites and evaluate resources to use in a Webquest, generate a WebQuest design for your context and develop plan to implement WebQuest learning in the classroom.
Tag(s): web-based inqury, webquest, authentic assessments
Author: Miriam Ramos
Abstract: The course introduces how a WebQuest is created, how WebQuests are tools that can be used in any subject matter and will demonstrate how to apply the concepts of a WebQuest lesson.
Course Objective: After completing this course the learners should be able to choose resources from the Internet to use in a WebQuest, create a WebQuest for your content area and develop a plan to implement WebQuest learning in the classroom.
Author: Elizabeth Branca
Abstract: This course will introduce you to the following three ways to implement interactive and collaborative learning environments: 1) Interactive Learn and Do; 2) Paired Collaboration; 3) Group Collaboration.
Course Objective: After these lessons you will be able to design interactive and collaborative learning environments for your classroom, design a lesson which utilizes interactive learning activities that allow students to apply new knowledge and skills in the learning environment while learning, design a lesson which utilizes paired collaboration methodologies in the learning environment and design a lesson which utilizes group collaboration for authentic activities in the learning environment.
Tag(s): interactive learning, collaborative learning
Author: Matt Pagano
Abstract: This course was developed to introduce teachers to the idea of using technology to foster collaboration amongst students.
Course Objective: The educator will create a rationale for collaborative learning by using information based on Constructivist teachings to support their rationale, be able to demonstrate the importance of collaborative learning by participating in a discussion about how collaboration is or can be used in the classroom, identify situations where technology and the tools available through technology will support collaborative learning and demonstrate an understanding of how to implement effective collaborative learning through the creation of a lesson plan.
Tag(s):technology, collaboration, learning
Author: Xiyao Huang
Abstract: This course will talk about the advantages of wikis, teach learners how to use wikis for writing class in Education, also, it will mention some problems when we applied wikis for educational use.
Course Objective: After this course, the learners would be able to know how to edit a wikis page, how to use wikis page to guide students have discussion and revision about writing, experience the essence of teach, which is not to teach students to learn hand to hand, but guide them to learn by themselves.
Tag(s): Wiki course, course revision and writing
Author: Vanessa Warner
Abstract: Course participants will be guided through the creation of a wiki space on PB Works and will receive resources from multiple content areas in the integration of this technology as a complement to the curriculum. Participants will learn how wiki spaces can be used to capitalize on classroom diversity in a technology based cooperative learning environment.
Course Objective: Participants will reflect on wiki page integration into their curriculum and create a PB Works wiki page.
Tag(s): PB works, wiki space, technology integration
Author: Caelynn Prylo
Abstract: This course seeks to help educators explore the functionality of some social networking websites, to help you better decide if using them in your classes will be beneficial to you and your students.
Course Objective: After taking this mini-course, you will be able to discriminate and choose which, if any, social networking sites will be effective enhancements to your class, demonstrate an understanding of the types of learning spaces and tools available on social networking sites, adopt a strategy for using one or more appropriate features selected from a social networking site in your classes, and demonstrate efficient use of a social networking site by generating a new page or learning space for your class and be able to navigate to help areas if additional assistance is necessary.
Tag(s): social networking sites, learning spaces
Title: Mini Course: Camtasia Studio
Author: Jason Chwirut
Abstract: This course is designed to introduce faculty members to a new way of enhancing instruction and increasing knowledge transfer by teaching how to produce a video from screen captures, and how to effectively implement video into their lesson plans.
Course Objective: By the end of this course, students will be able to identify the educational benefits of using video in the classroom, identify educational contexts where screen captures can be used effectively, create a movie by creating screen captures using Camtasia Studio and discuss with peers how screen captures can be used to present information.
Tag(s): Camtasia, screen capture, using video in classrooms
Title: Evaluating Websites
Author: Danielle Melia
Abstract: Students will be given a hands-on approach to evaluating websites. Students will be shown a variety of websites and asked to classify them before the lesson and again after. Students will have hands on experience evaluating websites and will be shown why it is important to evaluate them.
Course Objective: The goal is for students to have an eye-opening experience of how devious the internet can be.
Tag(s): website evaluation
Author: Tamara Niquette
Abstract: The course will introduce the importance of technology use in the mathematics classroom, how to use Microsoft Excel and Geometer's Sketchpad and how to design activities that allow students to explore using these program.
Course Objective: Upon the completion of this course, learners will be able to integrate the use of GSP and Microsoft Excel softwares into math teaching, and be able to design activities to encourage students to use these programs.
Tag(s): math teaching and learning, technology, GSP, Microsoft Excel
Title: Using Excel for Statistics
Author: Nichole Keipe
Abstract: This course you introduces learner to use Microsoft Excel 2007 and teaches how to create a spreadsheet of data, make statistical calculations, and create a histogram.
Course Objective: By the end of this course you will be able to use Excel to create a spreadsheet to display, organize, and manipulate data, perform mathematical operations using different functions and formulas in an Excel spreadsheet, create a frequency table and histogram using formulas and charts and edit spreadsheets and charts so that they are appealing and presentable.
Tag(s): Microsoft Excel 2007, spreadsheet
Title: Educational Gaming
Author: Amy Fleury
Abstract: This course introduces the concept of games, talks about common objections and misconceptions about computer games, and teaches teacher to use games for educational purpose in their classrooms.
Course Objective: Learners will be able to understand the appropriate use of computer games for instructional purpose, create their own lesson plan using a game as a resource and have reflect on the implementation of the lesson into their classroom.
Tag(s): computer games, teaching
Author: Jason Kozel
Abstract: In order to duplicate a business-like environment for English language exchange, this mini-course uses the software program Snag-it to promote a constructionist approach to learning the English language.
Course Objective: The goals for students participating in this mini-course are as follows:1 Use Snagit to alter an image for the purpose of creating and giving an interactive multimedia presentation to the class. 2 Evaluate the ways in which they achieve an end product while manipulating information and using the English language. 3 Develop a cognitive scaffolding of group interaction practices. 4 Translate this scaffolding to the corporate business setting.
Tag(s): EFL, Snag-it, constructionist approach
Title: Moving to Word 2007
Author: Meredith Kelly
Abstract: This course is intended to bring users of prior versions of Word up to date on the changes that have been included in 2007, enabling them to use various versions with equal facility.
Course Objective: Participants will be able to create professional-looking documents in Word 2007 with the same facility as currently exhibited in Word 2003, locate tools in Word 2007 previously included in prior versions of Word in a different order, adopt new components included in the 2007 version of the word processing program not available previously and choose between prior and new methods of carrying out commands where new methods have been introduced.
Tag(s): Microsoft Word 2003/2007
Title: Educate with GoAnimate
Author: Susan Towey
Abstract: This course introduces GoAnimate.com to teachers, states the benefits of using GoAnimate.com for educational purpose, and teaches the use of the website.
Course Objective: Teachers will be able to state what GoAnimate.com is, list ways GoAnimate.com can be used in various academic areas, create an animation of choice and present it to the group, learn to create a lesson plan using the website, list the pros and cons of using this type of technology in the classroom, and use GoAnimate.com with their students and provide feedback.
Tag(s): GoAnimate.com, classroom teaching
Author: Annmarie Parathiras
Abstract: This course introduces a virtual reality application called MOO (Multi User Object Oriented environment) and how it can be used by teachers in fostering a learner-centered environment of discussion and inquiry.
Course Objective: Learners will understand the pedagogical concept of MOO, and be able to implement MOO into classroom teaching.
Tag(s): Multi User Object Oriented environment
Author: Melissa Stepanian
Abstract: This course explores the importance of technology use nowadays and its integration in classroom teaching, and teaches the use of Podcasting as an instructional approach assisting classroom teaching and learning.
Course Objective: Participants will be able to explore the significance of technology usage among the American population and how it may produce greater results when implemented in the classroom, assess how they use technology in their daily classroom practices, and explain why Podcasting may be a valuable tool for their own classroom approaches.
Author: Elizabeth Kinney
Abstract: An instructional case study for Collaborative Learning with Computer Support as the design project, will be supported with an example of nutritional hazards. Interactive self assessment items such as Survey Monkey & Hot Potatoes will be included.
Course Objective: Students will be able to recognize resources in their daily interactions, adapt these resources for those unable to recognize them to decrease total work load in a group, observe interactions while absorbing useful information, communicate more clearly and thoroughly; transfer these skills to wholly new situations, discriminate amongst food cravings vs. nutritional needs; choose contentment of quality over quantity though variety; classify various food allergies and their symptoms; identify common over-reliance upon certain food selections; and demonstrate in action a properly balanced food selection.
Tag(s): collaborative learning, computer support
Author: Jennifer Krol
Abstract: This course should be used as a professional development program for teachers who may not know how to use the graphing calculator as teaching tools to help students better understand mathematical concepts.
Course Objective: Learners will be able to explain and understand why utilizing the graphing calculator for mathematics instruction is beneficial for student understanding, operate the TI-Nspire and TI-CAS Teacher Edition Software, locate and alter existing graphing calculator concept activities to use in lessons and create graphing calculator concept activities to use in lessons.
Tag(s): math concepts teaching, graphing calculator
Title: Teaching Using Technology
Author: Colleen Organ
Abstract: This course introduces the use of technology in classrooms for enhancing teaching and learning.
Course Objective: Learners will be able to identify the meaning, goals, and construction of using technology in the classroom, identify useful tools to implement in order to teach using various types of technology within their lessons to increase student scores on assessment and design and choose to use appropriate technology tools.
Tag(s): technology integration, classroom teaching
Author: Vivian Richelsen
Abstract: The teacher uses a case study to show how to use smart board to examine various avenues of how the words "will" and "would" are used to exemplify the future and conditional tenses and thus enhance language learning.
Course Objective: At the conclusion of this unit, students will be able to recognize when it is appropriate to use the future and conditional tenses in Spanish and use the correct key words for the future and conditional tenses when prompted.
Tag(s): smart board, language teaching, Spanish, grammar
Author: Melissa Pietricola
Abstract: In this course teachers will explore, try and confidently implement web 2.0 tools into their teaching.
Course Objective: While working in Blackboard, the participant will generate a course for their students to explore, discuss, and submit content work within. Within edublogs.net, participant will execute the construction of a professional blog to be read by colleagues and students regarding their classroom instruction. Participants will discriminate in the organization and classification of online sources.
Tag(s): Web 2.0, implementation, Blackboard, edublogs, Google search
Author: Michael Lucatorto
Abstract: This course aims to help teachers who want to use videos in classroom to do screencasting through the use of different types of screen recording software, and to integrate videos into their classrooms or online learning environments.
Course Objective: Learners will understand the concept of screencasting and the common barriers of using videos in classrooms. Students will be able to use several software applications to do screencasting to make videos and integrate them into classrooms or online learning environments.
Tag(s): screencasting, use videos in classrooms