St. Edward’s University

School of Human Development and Education

Department of Teaching, Learning and Culture

Teacher Education Program

 

Technology Standards

 

Pursuant to Texas Education Code 21.0452(b)(5), all students who are enrolled in the educator preparation program at St. Edward’s University must demonstrate the ability to use technology.  The Department of Teaching, Learning and Culture have incorporated both the (1) TEA Technology Standards for All Teachers and (2) the ISTE Standards for Educators into the curriculum. 

 

While elements of technology are present in all educator preparation courses taught at St. Edward’s University and which students must take in order to be eligible to teach in Texas, the program also requires that all students complete the course EDUC 2332 Integrating Education Technology as part of their curriculum.  This course, as a second-year course, allows students to receive intensive, hands-on instruction in the various uses of technology in the classroom so that they may hone these skills as they continue through the education curriculum.  Below are the Course Description, the Course Topics, the Student Learning Objectives, and the Essential Assignments used to demonstrate mastery of the course.

 

 Course Description

This course is designed to introduce students to the educational uses of a wide range of digital technologies.  The two-fold purpose is to help students develop a critical understanding of the ways in which students in K-12 settings can engage with digital technologies to enrich their learning experience, as well as support preservice teachers in developing their own fluency with digital technologies in ways that support their work as teachers.  The course will focus both on theoretical understandings of digital technologies and practical uses of specific technologies within classrooms.  This will be a project driven course.  Finally, students will be creating a digital portfolio that they will use throughout their time in the Teacher Education Program at St. Edward’s University.

 

In-class time will be workshop oriented with some time spent summarizing and updating online or out of class conversations, leaving a substantial amount of time for hands-on work in a supportive environment to experiment with and try out digital tools, platforms, and spaces for collaboration, composition and participation

 

Course Topics

This course examines computing technology, components and applications and the impact of computing in the classroom. Laboratory experiences consist of application software, which may include word processing, spreadsheets, databases, desktop publishing, telecommunications including Internet usage, videotaping and editing, web page design, Web Quest creation, and e-portfolio creation. This course satisfies the university’s Computational Skills requirement; therefore, students must earn a grade of C or higher.

 

Student Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to:

Define (educational) technology
Critically analyze the dimensions of a multimodal digital product (i.e. one that includes audio, text and video components)
Make and share a multimodal product
Reflect on their own relationships to technology and identify areas for growth and development
Construct a professional website
Engage in a personal inquiry that connects discipline specific content, educational technology, and classroom practice.

Essential Assignments (Note: These are only a sample; individual faculty have latitude to alter as needs of the specific classes and students dictate.)

Defining Educational Technology and Digital Literacy
Creating Webtext
Analyzing Web Pages
Creating a Website
Crafting a Blog
Identifying Resources Online
Presenting a Multimodal Video Project
Incorporating Technology into Instruction
Being a Digitally Responsible Citizen
Establishing a Professional Identity Online