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Educational Technology (EDTEC)

EDTEC 448 Using the Internet in the Classroom (3) This course introduces students to methods and models of using the Internet effectively in their classroom.

EDTEC 448 Using the Internet in the Classroom (3)

This course introduces participants to systematic instructional methods and models for using the Internet effectively in their classrooms. The Internet offers many resources to help educators plan, develop and teach lessons. When guided by a systematic instructional design model, educators can create lessons that are current, highly motivating, mentally engaging, and effective.

Participants will use the Internet to provide background information to support discussions of four issues related to Internet use in educational settings and will then use Internet discussion tools to evaluate examples and arguments related to each issue. Each participant will organize and moderate at least one discussion.

In this course, educators will determine the essential components of a lesson and then design and create web-enhanced lessons and web-based learning objects for the components. As participants search resources they will identify deep principles to develop a classification system for Web resources that can be used in their professional context.

The course is organized around four roles a teacher assumes: Internet miner, Internet policy advisor, integrator of existing Internet resources, and producer of new Internet resources. The main focus of the course is examining and reflecting on the Internet's pedagogical usefulness in the classroom.

Course Goals - Participants in this course will be able to: use a systematic Instructional Design (ID) model to plan educational activities that harness resources from the Internet; integrate Web resources in their classrooms; publish relevant learning objects on the Web; and identify and respond to critical issues regarding Web/Internet uses in the classroom.

Course Objectives - As Internet Policy Advisor, participants in this course will be able to: identify and respond to critical issues regarding Internet use in educational settings, including: access, the "digital divide," and special populations; copyright accuracy and validity of information, and privacy and security; moderate a discussion; participate in on-line discussions and conversations appropriately; and write an administrative policy brief.

As Internet Integrator: use a systematic instructional design model to integrate web-resources into educational activities that apply the First Principles of Instruction, Gagne's Nine Events of Instruction, Web-Enhanced Learning Environment Strategies, and Madeline Hunter Lesson Plan Components.

As Effective Internet Miner: classify, and create an organizational system for the types of resources that will be useful.

As Producer: create three types of web-based learning objects useful for their educational setting; publish learning objects on the Internet.

General Education: None
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: None
Effective: Fall 2005
Prerequisite: EDTEC 400 or demonstrated Internet awareness

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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