Technology Concentration

18 Credit Hours | Choose 6 Courses From the Following:

EDU 5312 The Connected Educator
Candidates exhibit knowledge, skills, and work processes representative of an innovative professional in a global and digital society. Candidates use social media and personal learning networks to create, promote, and sustain a dynamic, digital-age learning culture. Candidates use digital tools and resources to enhance their personal productivity, organization, and professional practice and model lifelong learning. (3 credits)

EDU 5299 Classroom Transformation Through Digital Applications
Candidates evaluate and use a variety of digital tools and design activities to promote student learning, higher order thinking skills, and communication and collaboration in a digital-age learning environment. Candidates review the ISTE's NETS for Teachers and Students and increase awareness of current research and theories on how 21st century students learn in a digital world. Candidates examine how to empower learners through effective technology integration and design an online portfolio of technology-rich activities and resources for classroom use. (3 credits)

OTL 5100 Best Practices in Online Learning
Students study and consider best practice in cybergogy by developing strategies, concepts, and areas of consideration when beginning or revising an online course. Content includes a consideration of course aesthetics, online activities, and course enhancement although many aspects of cybergogy compare to a face-to-face course, certain nuances and differences need particular consideration. Successful completion of this course assists future online instructors consider those differences. (3 credits)

OTL 5300 Assessing and Evaluating Online Teaching and Learning
Students in this course plan assessment strategies to accommodate differences among online student learners, including their unique knowledge, experiences, ability, learning styles, multiple intelligences, motivations, behaviors, and attitudes. The outcome of the course is the development of multiple timely and appropriate instructional and assessment activities closely aligned to learning objectives that provide students regular feedback about their performance in an online course. (3 credits)

OTL 5400 Active Learning in an Online Environment
Active learning refers to techniques where students DO something, typically discovering, processing, and applying information. In this class, students focus on learning as an active endeavor, cognizant that different people learn in different ways. (3 credits)

OTL 5500 Web 2.0 Tools for Tomorrow's Learner
Students explore and implement Web 2.0 tools for online learning and topics that support development and exploration of such innovative tools in the educational environment. Following the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) National Educational Standards and Indicators, students identify different features and benefits of using Web 2.0 tools that will support effective teaching and learning practices. The course is required in the cybergogy concentration. (3 credits)

EDU 5322 Issues and Ethics with Technology Integration
Candidates increase awareness of national standards, copyright laws, and district policies governing technology and show understanding of the meaning of digital citizenship and the effect on today's students. Candidates address ethical behavior and Baker University SPGS and GSOE 2013-2014 - 149 - etiquette in the integration of technology in their classrooms and show an understanding of safe, legal, and responsible technological social interactions. Candidates use digital tools to create educational activities through technology for a diverse student population and to promote student learning, higher order thinking skills, and communication and collaboration with the larger digital society. (3 credits)

EDU 5033 School Improvement in the 21st Century
Candidates research current school improvement efforts on policy, curriculum, and instruction and examine relevant educational trends' influence on student achievement. Candidates turn research into action by choosing, adapting and implementing ways to help students become active partners in their learning. Candidates recognize their own abilities to think critically and find ways to promote their students' lifelong critical thinking skills. (3 credits)

EDU 5313 Enhancing Instruction with Technology
This course teaches computer applications that enrich classroom experiences. Students learn to design newsletters and brochures, including graphics and clipart, and they develop a slideshow using Microsoft PowerPoint. Techniques for creating graphs, inventories, and grade books are presented. Previous computer experience is necessary. (3 credits)

EDU 5286 Focus on Comprehensive Instruction
This course emphasizes the relationship between reading comprehension and student learning. Readings and discussions focus on effective comprehension strategy instruction across the curriculum. Candidates look loosely at utilizing schema, making inferences, using effective questioning, visualizing for understanding, prioritizing information, and summarizing main points. Lesson planning, lesson reflection/evaluation, and comprehension assessment are addressed. (3 credits)

EDU 5323 Technology as Intervention
In this course, the candidate explores various forms of assistive technology, Universal Design for Learning (UDL), differentiated instruction, blended learning, the flipped classroom and educational technology trends to determine the role of technology as intervention. Through teacher-guided, student-centered learning, candidates integrate technology into instruction based on a student's needs. Candidates research the various levels of assistive technology and use their learning to create lesson plans and work collaboratively in projects. (3 credits)

EDU 5325 Google Tools for Educators
Today's Google tools can be implemented in meaningful ways in the classroom, increasing curriculum efficiency, collaboration and student engagement. Candidates learn how to use the following tools and applications to research, create and share a variety of classroom projects: Google Drive, Google Calendar, Google Earth and Maps, Google sites, Google search engine, YouTube, Chrome browser and more. (3 credits)