EDU539: K-12 Technology Systems Operations & Management

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Course Overview

This course promotes inquiry learning of technology operations, and concepts that will foster a technology facilitator who continues to seek out new technology hardware and software that can promote K-12 student learning and foster teacher productivity. Course content focuses on the following topics that help a technology facilitator in an educational setting:

  • Assisting in the planning, designing, and delivery of high quality professional experiences to support technology integration.
  • Investigating new technologies and communicating research about these technologies that support district, state, and regional standards.
  • Understanding and helping to implement ethical, social, and legal issues relating to the use of technology in K-12 schools.
  • Contributing to the shared vision and integration of technology.

In the course project, Technology Coordinator Project Proposal: Applying Knowledge in Practice, candidates demonstrate achievement of the content knowledge required of a technology coordinator through the development of a formal project proposal and presentation. 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 Technology Facilitation Standards.

This course does not include a required field-based activity.

Course Learning Objectives

  • Plan and design technology integration into learning environments and experiences throughout a given educational organization, integrating specific purpose devices as necessary
  • Analyze and evaluate various options and processes of an educational computer network including infrastructure, troubleshooting, and support
  • Identify technology resources and evaluate each for accuracy, relevance, and their application to standards-based learning content.
  • Design and develop policies regarding technology in the educational setting that include strategies for equitable scheduling.
  • Analyze and evaluate current research on teaching and learning with technology as a part of the technology-integrated learning environment and experience planning process.
  • Identify and analyze issues related to hardware and software acquisition and management; evaluate and select appropriate resources based upon conclusions.
  • Design and conduct a needs assessment to determine training requirements of school personnel.
  • Design and develop a technology-related professional development experience utilizing adult learning theory.