Integrating Educational Technology in the Classroom

Integrating Educational Technology in the Classroom 
McGill course code: EDPT 200
Fall 2016, Mondays 6:05 to 8:55 pm
Educaton Bldg. ~ Room 627

Instructor: Sam Bruzzese (email: sam.bruzzese@mcgill.ca & Twitter: @sam_bruzzese)

Course Web Site:  http://edpt200.mcgill.ca (live syllabus available on Sept. 1: http://bit.ly/edpt200syllf16)
Mightybell Site:   http://bit.ly/mightybellf16 

Course Hashtag: #edpt200
Course Mindmap:
EDPT 200 Structured Overview

Course Wiki: Transforming Tech

Course Description:

The course is designed to help practicing and future teachers integrate technology in their daily teaching practices. It is a practical, hands-on course that is grounded in constructivist learning theory. The participants will learn by engaging in authentic tasks in a project-based learning environment. 

Technology cannot teach students. Rather, learners teach technologies. Meaningful learning will result when technologies engage learners in the following:

  • Knowledge construction, not reproduction
  • Conversation, not reception
  • Articulation, not repetition
  • Collaboration, not competition
  • Reflection, not prescription"

Students who complete the course will meet the requirements of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Educational Technology Standards for Teachers. Here's  the new(2016) Student Standards from ISTE

Typical weekly schedule:

6:05-6:25: Observations from previous class; introduction of weekly theme & hands-on activities
6:25-6:50: Group discussion and reflections on readings
6:50-7:50: Main topic for week
7:50-8:40: Hands-on activities and lab
8:40-8:55: Wrap up 

Prerequisites:

There are no prerequisites for this course. However, the main focus of the course will be to make sure you learn how to integrate technology in the classroom. 

Course Objectives:

  • To instill a desire to learn to use technology in the classroom. 
  • To understand how computers can and are being used in classrooms today. 
  • To understand and use Web 2.0 technologies and multi-media authoring tools.
  • To develop skills in integrating computers in different curriculum areas.
  • To gain an understanding of the Quebec Education Plan (elementary and high school).

Course Text (Required):

Transforming Learning With New Technologies (3rd edition) by Maloy, Verock, Edwards and Woolf  (Pearson) is the required text for the class. Please purchase the Access Card or the loose-leaf edition at the McGill Bookstore —> BEFORE class 2. I would buy the access card as it’s more economical.

You may also rent the book  ~ however note that rental is in US funds.



This course directly targets the development and mastery of the following professional teacher competencies (Quebec Education Department):

  • #1:to act as a professional inheritor, critic and interpreter of knowledge or culture when teaching students (i.e. student teachers are able to evaluate the role of media in today’s society both positive and negative).
  • # 8: to integrate information and communications technologies (ICT) in the preparation and delivery of teaching/learning activities and for the instructional management and professional development purposes. 
  • #10: to cooperate with members of the teaching team in carrying out tasks involving the development and evaluation of the competencies targeted in the programs of study, taking into account the students concerned. 
  • #11: to engage in professional development individually and with others ((i.e. student teachers will use Web 2.0 technologies to participate in professional learning communities).

The students who successfully complete the course will also be able to:

  • “demonstrate critical judgement regarding the real benefits and limitations of ICT as teaching and learning resources;
  • demonstrate a general understanding of the possibilities offered by ICT (and the internet in particular) for teaching and learning, and know how to integrate ICT in a functional manner into teaching/learning activities, when appropriate;
  • use ICT effectively in different aspects of his or her intellectual and professional life: communication, research, information processing, evaluation, interaction with colleagues or experts, etc;
  • effectively transmit the ability to use ICT to his or her students in order to support the collective construction of learning in a well-structured, critical manner” 
© Sam Bruzzese 2016