EDWARD WATERS COLLEGE
EDU 250: Introduction to Educational Technology
Integration of Technology into Education
Social Media and STEAM/STEM
Diverse Disciplines in
Education and Urban Studies
Web site for Edu Tec 250
Instructor: William Jackson, M.Ed.
Telephone: (904) 701 4957 Voicemail
Office Hours: Open upon appointment
Class Days/Times: Tuesdays and Thursdays 5:30 p.m. – 6:50 p.m.
Instructional Elements: Discussion, Multimedia, Interactive, Educational Technologies,
Presentations Social Media, STEM, STREAM
Class Meeting Days: Tuesdays and Thursday
This course provides an introduction to using technologies that can be used in education and other
multi-disciplinary areas; is an introduction to the classroom applications of educational strategies.
To coincide with the adaptations of other disciplines, integrated in this curriculum will be elements
of STEM STEAM STREAM CSTREAM and STEM2 with Social Media platforms.
The course prepares the participant to understand the dynamic uses of technology in collaboration
within the classroom, establishing policies and procedures for accessing and using educational resources, create objective-based lesson plans integrating technology, utilize various styles
on presentations with appropriate software, employ varied teaching strategies, understand various forms of assessment strategies, integrate lesson develop, understand how to effectively integrate technology to communicate with educational and professional peers, and even the diverse disciplines outside of the educational realm.
The student will gain experience using existing and emerging technologies and develop strategies
for applying learning to the classroom. Students will have the opportunity to develop skills required
to use productivity software, use on-line research tools and create instructional materials using applicable computer software and hardware. The amount of information that will be covered in this course is just a small portion of what every teacher should be cognizant of and even those entering into business, medicine, commerce and global entrepreneurialism.
The students will be challenged to think outside of their comfort zone and current level of understanding of integration, implementation, application and association. There needs to be
a global perspective of life and being part of something “bigger” than themselves.
The course prepares the participant to understand the dynamic uses of technology and the importance of how to effectively apply the methods and rationalisms to be productive and successful.
The student will gain experience using existing and emerging technologies and develop strategies for applying learning to the classroom. Students will have the opportunity to develop skills required to use productivity software, use on-line research tools and create instructional materials using applicable computer software. There is a difference between intellectualism and intelligence where the students
apply their knowledge.
The amount of information that will be covered in this course is just a small portion of what every teacher should be cognizant of.
Therefore, the primary objectives of this course are:
- To instill a desire to learn about the use of technology in diverse fields of study.
B.T o understand how technology is being utilized in education and other areas of
employment and used in research and development.
- To understand how technology can complement instruction in the learning environment.
D. To develop and enhance skills that allow for creativity when merging various technologies.
E. Recognizing what technologies can be used when determining how to teach/train diverse learners.
F. The influence of STEM Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics and
the related elements that are adapted and integrated.
G. The influence of Social Media in preparations for future careers.
H. How to manage Social Media content and understand the applications of
the diverse platforms of online tools.
This class explores principles, practices, issues, and contemporary development
in educational technology programs. It is the initial introductory course in the
teacher education program, but has been expanded to include other disciplines
outside of education.
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The expanding and diverse mission to prepare competent educators for effective leadership
and service roles in the classroom and implement technology to meet the needs of their diverse students and educational environments. To empower teachers to be welcome multicultural
students, embrace global thinking, and become technological educators by providing quality education through course work and clinical experiences. Adapting these elements and applying
to the diversity of other careers and courses of majors.
Educational Technology Vision:
Upon completion of the course teacher candidates will be:
Reflective Decision Makers
Instructional emerging technology leaders
Systematic Planners of implementing technology
Effective Communicators using various types of technologies
Engaging Instructors of Information
Diversified Thought Leaders
Students working towards academic greatness and applying diverse
technology abilities and talents.
Guidelines Considered in Developing Course Objectives:
Florida Subject Area Competencies – (Technology)
Florida Educator Accomplished Practices (FEAP)
Florida State Assessment (FSA)
To succeed in this course, students are expected to be able to effectively and efficiently
use diverse software packages and digital platforms to communicate and share information.
Projects will be presented in class using software that allows for engagement, conversation and sharing information.
Applications being used: Word Processing, PowerPoint presentations, correspondence
via email, and Internet searches for developing content. Use of the library system, books
and related materials. Projections system, sound systems, Smartboards.
Methods of Instruction:
Discussion, lecture, movies, role plays, simulations, small-group activities, and
student presentations (mini-lessons and debates).
Role of the Teacher:
The pre-professional teacher communicates and works cooperatively with students
and colleagues to improve the educational experiences of the students they are entrusted
to teach. The pre-professional teacher uses technology available at the school site and
appropriate to the learner. She/he provides students with opportunities to actively use
technology and facilitates access to the use of electronic resources. The teacher also
uses technology to manage, evaluate, and improve instruction.
The learning experiences and activities in this course are designed to
enable the pre-professional teacher to:
- Establish a comfortable environment which accepts and fosters diversity.
- Introduce students to the vernacular of the classroom environment.
- Integrate Social Media platforms in an educational discussion and exchanges.
- Integrate STEM and STREAM projects involved in project development.
- Adheres to the Code of Ethics and Principles of Professional Conduct
of the Education Profession in Florida (FEAP 6).
- Use newly acquired knowledge to link knowledge and ideas to already
familiar ideas. (FEAP 7).
- Have a basic understanding of the subject field and begin to understand
that the subject is linked to other disciplines and can be applied to real
world integrated settings (FEAP 8)
- The pre-professional teacher uses technology as available at the school
site and as appropriate to the learner (FEAP 12).
This course is specifically aligned with the following Florida Educator
# 8 Knowledge of Subject Matter: The pre-professional teacher has a basic
understanding of the subject field and is beginning to understand that the
subject is linked to other disciplines and can be applied to real world
#11 Role of the Teacher
The pre-professional teacher communicates and works cooperatively with
families and colleagues to improve the educational experiences
of their students.
# 12 Technology
The pre-professional teacher uses technology as available at the school
site and as appropriate to the learner. She/he provides students with
opportunities to actively use technology and facilitates access to the
use of electronic resources.
The teacher also uses technology to manage, evaluate, and improve instruction.
At the end of this course students will be able to:
- demonstrate computer-based record keeping
2. create multimedia presentations
3. employ technology in content area instructional strategies
4. identify internet resources to use with classroom instruction
5. demonstrate blogging, microblogging, podcasting, vblogging
6. demonstrate computer aided instruction
7. integrate technology into their learning process
8. identify standards, procedures and guidelines for teaching
using STEM STREAM STEAM.
9. integrate various technologies to develop a Brand and learn
the process of Marketing the Brand.
10. demonstrate how to network online and colloboration.
Academic dishonesty and plagiarizing are very serious offenses. Each
student is expected to do his/her own thinking on all classwork, presentations,
reports, research papers, and homework assignments. If any student is found to
be copying from another student, books, or internet sites (plagiarism), or cheating
during a quiz or test, he/she will be referred to their academic advisor and Student
Counseling Center, have a conference with the teacher, and
a grade of F for that assignment may be awarded.
The student may also be dropped from the course if the behavior is repeated.
Students will be held to high academic standards.
Attendance is mandatory and will be taken at every class. Each student is a contributing
member of the class and your thoughts and ideas will be missed if you are absent.
There will be several group activities that will be included in your work. Due to the
structure of the class, it is impossible to replicate the collaborative and cooperative
Missing them will affect your grade negatively. Likewise, tardiness are disruptive to
our class and if you are tardy ten (10) minutes after the start time 5 points will be
deducted from your final points grading scale. Each lateness to class is a 5 point
Please be on time and prepared for each class. Bring all material used and applied
to class instruction. Use the restroom before class, the doors will be locked and no
remittance to class, handle all your personal BUSINESS before you come to class.
I’m not here to manage or be engaged in your personal affairs. There will be no
excuses to use the restroom during class.
You are working towards being an educational/business professional and should
More than three (3) unexcused absences will be reported to Academic Affairs in a
semester. All other absences require a verifiable doctor’s note, hospital note,
court form, juror duty request, obituary program to be considered as an excused
absence. Attendance plays a major role in the learning process. In order to achieve
academic success, students should attend class prepared to work.
Due dates/make-up policy:
Activities not completed during class cannot be made up after 2 class dates. If you miss more
than 5 projects it may be necessary for you to take an “incomplete” grade and re-take the
course the next time it is offered.
All late assignments are subject to a 50% deduction of the possible points. Assignments
submitted after the late assignment cutoff will not be accepted which is 2 class dates.
Please speak to your instructor as soon as possible if you expect to have difficulty with
any of the course due dates. If the project is a group project you run the risk of adversely
affecting your team’s class grade so put forth your best efforts on all work.
Students will develop an electronic portfolio, which will highlight the different projects that
they will create. Along with the electronic portfolio, students are highly encouraged to produce
a paper version of their portfolio for upcoming interviews as well as for documentation purposes
that need to be kept in a physical journal/binder. The Drive should be brought to class every day
and a folder for each Educational Technology project on the jump drive. On the drive insert the
class assignments in each folder that is designated on the syllabus. Print out all final versions of
the assignments and place in a binder under each project title. All paper portfolios will be turned
in and assessed at the final exit interview from the course.
Class Discussion Participation – During this course, you will have a discussion each week
on an educational topic and you will blog about it on WordPress. Each blog is a requirement
will be worth 10 points each towards your mid-term and final grade. To receive the total
points allowed, you must post a thoughtful reply to your topic being discussed and then
respond to at least one other classmate. This follow-up response must be an adequate reply,
stating why you agree or disagree and give adequate support for this response or add further information to the topic of the classmate’s post.
EWC seeks to provide an environment where discussions and expressions of all
views relevant to the subject are recognized and necessary to the educational process.
Students do not have the right to interfere with the instructor’s right to teach or other students’
right to learn.
A student demonstrating inappropriate behavior during class time will be asked to leave
the class and escorted by security. The student’s behavior will be discussed with the
instructor following the class or prior to the next class session.
Cell phones, iPads, Smart Phone and beepers will be restricted.
The sound and ringers must be turned off during class time. They can be on the
table because you will be asked to use digital devices during class.
If not used appropriately they are distracting to other students as well as the
We are in a professional field and must act accordingly to prepare for the real world.
If you need to arrange accommodations for a documented disability, or need special
assistance in case of an emergency evacuation, please discuss this with your instructor
after class. Contact your counselor in the Student Counseling Center located in the Student
Union Building or call 470-8223 to obtain a letter authorizing your accommodations. Be sure
to give a copy to your instructor.
All athletes will be under the same criteria as other students. If you have a game or
competition you need to let the instructor know before leaving on a trip or you will be
marked absent. Turn in a schedule ASAP to the instructor.
Students must dress in a manner that will not constitute a disruption or a safety
hazard or exhibit impropriety in the classroom. Do not wear pants or shorts where
underwear is exposed, do not wear garments where physical body parts for women
and men are seen below the chest area, do not wear shorts that expose the buttocks
or pubic areas. These are distractions in the learning environments and are not
conducive to applying to professional preparation for careers.
- Student dress and grooming shall be neat and clean.
- Foot wear should be appropriate.
- Students should refrain from wearing clothing that promotes
alcohol, cigarettes, sexual impressions, violence, drugs and profanity.
Revealing clothing should not be worn. The wearing of overly tight,
distracting, see through or mesh garments, extreme styles or inappropriate
apparel is not permitted.
- Male students shall not wear hats and caps inside any of the campus
buildings nor in the classroom.
- Headphones of any size should not be worn in class.
- Pants or skirts must be pulled up to the waist and worn at the waist at all times.
- No Blue tooth technology will be used in your ears.
Major Grading Points:
This course is project based; there are no formal assessments nor quizzes.
Your grades will be based on project completion and presentations. Your
presentation skills will be evaluated for improvement and content inclusion.
Grading for Grammar and Spelling – all grading of assignments will include
points for grammar and spelling in addition to content and presentation.
These projects will provide “artifacts” that you will put in your digital portfolio
the specific Florida Educator Accomplished Practices (FEAPS) addressed
by each assignment are an indication of academic and professional growth.
Additionally, these artifacts meet the requirements for the
Duval County TIPS (Teacher Induction Program) and can be applied to other
areas of learning and career placement.
Program Outcomes- This course applies to the major in Department of Teacher Education and Urban Studies and contributes to the following program-level outcomes:
I have adapted this class to other educational and professional disciplines, but the
foundation is based on education. At some point in time you may be required to teach,
mentor, role model in an educational capacity so the instructional goal is to prepare all
students in this contingency. It is important that students are prepared as much as possible
to be a global learner and to think globally. To embrace lifelong learning and applying what
is learned in the classroom to relevant and real application.
To successfully complete the Edward Waters College Teacher Education Program and to be endorsed for certification as a teacher in State of Florida, a student must have passing scores on the Florida Teacher Certification Examinations (FTCE – General Knowledge, Subject Area, and Professional) and understand the standards of Florida Education Accomplished Competencies, the Subject Area Competencies, and the Professional Area Competencies and demonstrate proficiency in the four areas listed below.
- REFLECTIVE DECISION-MAKING: Upon completion of the EWC TEP, each teacher candidate will acquire the ability to take risks and decide the best course of action in a given situation. In addition, teacher candidate will engage in reflective teaching and decision-making by continuously assessing themselves as educators and their students as learners by adjusting teaching and assessment.
- INSTRUCTIONAL LEADER: Upon completion of the EWC TEP, each teacher candidate will be an instructional, knowledgeable leader in his/her respective content area(s).
- SYSTEMATIC PLANNER: Upon completion of the EWC TEP, each teacher candidate will become systematic planners who welcome the challenge of meeting the needs of an increasingly diverse and inclusive community of learners.
EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATOR: Upon completion of the EWC TEP, each teacher candidate will demonstrate the tools to identify, characterize, and effectively communicate with diverse ethnic, cultural, and linguistic groups present in today’s classrooms.
* Note that FEAP & Indicators must be fully demonstrated in order to
successfully complete the course.
Edward Waters College
1658 Kings Road
Jacksonville, FL 32209
Telephone: 904.470.8990 or 8231 Fax: 904.470.8036
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