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.