This capstone course focuses on using a teacher work sample (TWS) to document using technology to positively impact the teaching of K-12 learners. It integrates previous coursework, synthesis of theories and application of skills and strategies to demonstrate mastery of educational effectiveness.
The course project, Teacher Work Sample: Impacting K-12 Student Learning, is a key assessment designed to demonstrate mastery of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Technology Facilitation Standards. Candidates design, implement and reflect on a lesson plan that has a positive impact on K-12 student learning.
This course includes field-based activities that take place in a K-12 school/district community setting.
Course Learning Objectives
- Exhibit mastery of the professional knowledge, skills and aptitudes set forth by the ISTE Technology Facilitation Standards.
- Use strategies, planning practices, assessment techniques, and appropriate accommodations to ensure student learning in a standards-based curriculum and communicate those plans to parents, guardians, professionals, administrators, and the community.
- Respond to the needs and experiences children bring to the classroom, including those based on culture, community, ethnicity, economics, linguistics, and innate learning abilities.
- Discuss learning exceptionalities and conditions that affect the rate and extent of student learning, and begin adapting instruction for all learners.
- Use technology to support instruction and enhance student learning.
- Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of technology operations and concepts.
- Apply and implement curriculum plans that include methods and strategies for utilizing technology to maximize student learning.
- Apply technology to facilitate a variety of effective assessment and evaluation strategies.
- Apply technology to enhance and improve personal productivity and professional practice.
- Explain the social, ethical, legal, and human issues surrounding the use of technology in P-12 schools and assist teachers in applying that understanding in their practice.
- Promote the development and implementation of technology infrastructure, procedures, policies, plans, and budgets for P-12 schools.
- Contribute to the shared vision for campus integration of technology and foster an environment and culture conducive to the realization of the vision.
- Collaborate with other educational professionals to accomplish school, district, and state educational goals and objectives.
- Plan, design, and model effective learning environments and multiple experiences supported by technology.
MEd candidates are required to complete all area of study coursework prior to Level Two student teaching, capstone course or the principal internship. This allows for an intensive, culminating experience where teacher candidates can practice skills on a full-time basis (37+ hours per week for 16 weeks) under the supervision of a qualified mentor.