EDU530: Technology in Education: Social and Legal Issues

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Course Overview

This course enables candidates with diverse backgrounds, characteristics, and abilities to prepare their own students to become cyber-savvy—safe and productive citizens in the cyberspace community. Candidates gain an understanding of issues regarding privacy, security and the wise use of Internet resources by:

  • Examining equitable and ethical applications of technology in learning environments
  • Reflecting on the issues involved in the pervasive use of the Internet by children via computers and all types of hand-held devices, including cell phones, both at school and at home
  • Discuss the responsibility of the school and teachers in teaching and policing students' use of the Internet
  • Developing a curriculum for the grade level of their choice on the  safe and responsible use of the Internet

In the course project, Unit Plan: Safe and Responsible Use of the Internet, candidates create a unit of lesson plans at the grade level of their choice that addresses ten components of safe and responsible use of the Internet. The project is a key assessment for candidates in the MEd in K-12 Instructional Technology programs, and it is designed to demonstrate mastery of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Technology Facilitation Standards.

This course includes field-based activities that take place in a K-12 school/district community setting.

Course Learning Objectives

  • Promote and enforce privacy, security, and online safety related to the use of the Internet by students.
  • Identify, communicate, model, and enforce social, legal, and ethical practices to promote responsible use of technology in education.
  • Promote practices that advocate for equity of access to technology resources that enable and empower all learners and educators.
  • Develop/support policies that clearly enforce copyright law and assign ownership of intellectual property.
  • Apply technology to enhance and improve communication, productivity and professional practice.
  • Model and teach legal, ethical, and safe practices, as related to technology use.
  • Effectively present information and make recommendations about technology and the Internet to a variety of stakeholders, including, but not limited to staff, parents, and students, and promote effective strategies for increasing the use of technology resources in support of student instruction.