Syllabus for EDL-670
TECHNOLOGY FOR INSTRUCTION AND ADMINISTRATION
Technology for Instruction and Administration focuses on the key role of the principal as a leader in the selection, use, and evaluation of instructional technology. Students are encouraged to think critically about technology, both in its role in the teaching–learning process as well as in its role in school management. (ISLLC 1, 2, 3; NJDOE 1, 2, 3).
After successfully completing this course, you should be able to:
You will need the following materials to do the work of the course. The required textbooks are available from the College's textbook supplier, MBS Direct.
Electronic Portfolio Registration
As a capstone experience in the Educational Leadership program, you will prepare an electronic portfolio that demonstrates your incremental achievement of the program standards. Each course in the program helps you to identify artifacts to place in your portfolio on completion of the course. To this end, you are required to purchase an electronic portfolio registration code upon your entry into the Master of Arts in Educational Leadership program. Basic directions for purchasing access to and using your electronic portfolio are posted within the Educational Leadership Students Organization (online community).
Technology for Instruction and Administration is a three-credit online graduate course, consisting of six (6) modules. Modules include an overview, topics, learning objectives, study materials, and activities. Module titles and topics are listed below.
Uses of computer technology for administration and instruction
Criteria for acquiring computer hardware
Criteria for evaluating computer software
Instructional applications: evolution, research results, new and future uses
Multimedia: hardware and software, instructional uses
The Internet: evolution, World Wide Web, applications
Distance learning: past and current technologies, design considerations, course management systems, educational programs
Database management systems
Data-driven decision making
Social planning model and its use in technology planning
Planning and managing computer facilities: space, personnel, security, maintenance
Financial planning: cost effectiveness, budgeting
Program design and techniques
Modules 1, 3, and 5 contain key course activities; Module 4 requires you to complete two (2) software projects, and Module 6 includes a staff development project. See sections below for further information about these activities and projects, including evaluation rubrics.
For your formal work in the course, you are required to participate in online discussion forums and complete four key activities, two software projects, and a staff development project. See below for more details.
Consult the course Calendar for assignment due dates.
Each module in the course has one or more discussion forums. All discussion forums take place asynchronously.
Online discussions provide an opportunity for you to interact with your classmates. During this aspect of the course, you respond to prompts that assist you in developing your ideas, you share those ideas with your classmates, and you comment on their posts. Discussion forum interactions promote development of a community of learners, critical thinking, and exploratory learning.
Most discussion activities contain several questions. Be sure your posting addresses all of them. Some discussion forums direct you to post a course activity for classmates' comments.
Please participate in online discussions as you would in constructive face-to-face discussions. You are expected to post well-reasoned and thoughtful reflections for each item, making reference, as appropriate, to your textbook readings and any other sources you may use, including Web sites. You are also expected to reply to your classmates' posts in a respectful, professional, and courteous manner. You may, of course, post questions asking for clarification or further elucidation on a topic.
You are required to complete four (4) key activities in Modules 1, 3, and 5 of the course:
Hardware and Software Evaluations
In Module 1 you will complete two evaluation activities, one concerning a hardware purchase of laptops or PCs for your school or district, the other focusing on an instructional software product already owned by your school or district. Both activities involve completing an evaluation form and writing a 1–2 page conclusion of your findings. See Module 1 for the activity details, and consult the course Calendar for due dates.
Module 3 concludes with a short activity asking you to describe five Web-based applications used in the classroom and their potential for improving student learning. See Module 3 for the activity details, and consult the course Calendar for due dates.
Technology Plan Critique
In Module 5 you will critique the technology plan for your school district (or one of a district you research on the Web) in terms of the four Cs of planning. See Module 5 for the activity details, and consult the course Calendar for due dates.
You are required to complete two (2) software projects in Module 4 of the course. The first entails creating a spreadsheet in Excel containing budget information, grades, demographics, or other statistical data. The other is to create a database using Access that contains information about students, teachers, courses, or inventory (to name a few possibilities). See Module 4 for the activity details, and consult the course Calendar for due dates.
Your final project in the course is to design a staff development program for teachers in your school or district that aligns with your school's or district's vision, goals, and technology plans. This staff development program constitutes a principal artifact for your portfolio. See Module 6 for the activity details, and consult the course Calendar for due dates.
The principal artifact for this course is the staff development project from Module 6. Accompanying the artifact is a reflective narrative that describes the process and how the artifact meets specific standards and prepares you for school leadership.
Upload your artifact to your electronic portfolio, and be certain to indicate its alignment to the applicable ISLLC standards.
Your grade in the course will be determined as follows:
All activities will receive a numerical grade of 0–100. You will receive a score of 0 for any work not submitted. Your final grade in the course will be a letter grade. Letter grade equivalents for numerical grades are as follows:
To receive credit for the course, you must earn a letter grade of C or higher on the weighted average of all assigned course work (e.g., assignments, discussion postings, projects, etc.). Graduate students must maintain a B average overall to remain in good academic standing.
First Steps to Success
To succeed in this course, take the following first steps:
Consider the following study tips for success:
Students at Thomas Edison State College are expected to exhibit the highest level of academic citizenship. In particular, students are expected to read and follow all policies, procedures, and program information guidelines contained in publications; pursue their learning goals with honesty and integrity; demonstrate that they are progressing satisfactorily and in a timely fashion by meeting course deadlines and following outlined procedures; observe a code of mutual respect in dealing with mentors, staff, and other students; behave in a manner consistent with the standards and codes of the profession in which they are practicing; keep official records updated regarding changes in name, address, telephone number, or e-mail address; and meet financial obligations in a timely manner. Students not practicing good academic citizenship may be subject to disciplinary action including suspension, dismissal, or financial holds on records.
Thomas Edison State College expects all of its students to approach their education with academic integrity—the pursuit of scholarly activity free from fraud and deception. All mentors and administrative staff members at the College insist on strict standards of academic honesty in all courses. Academic dishonesty undermines this objective. Academic dishonesty takes the following forms:
Academic dishonesty will result in disciplinary action and possible dismissal from the College. Students who submit papers that are found to be plagiarized will receive an F on the plagiarized activity, may receive a grade of F for the course, and may face dismissal from the College.
A student who is charged with academic dishonesty will be given oral or written notice of the charge. If a mentor or College official believes the infraction is serious enough to warrant referral of the case to the academic dean, or if the mentor awards a final grade of F in the course because of the infraction, the student and the mentor will be afforded formal due process.
If a student is found cheating or using unauthorized materials on an examination, he or she will automatically receive a grade of F on that examination. Students who believe they have been falsely accused of academic dishonesty should seek redress through informal discussions with the mentor, through the office of the dean, or through an executive officer of Thomas Edison State College.
Using someone else's work as your own is plagiarism. Although it may seem like simple dishonesty, plagiarism is against the law. Thomas Edison State College takes a strong stance against plagiarism, and students found to be plagiarizing will be severely penalized. If you copy phrases, sentences, paragraphs, or whole documents word-for-word—or if you paraphrase by changing a word here and there—without identifying the author, then you are plagiarizing. Please keep in mind that this type of identification applies to Internet sources as well as to print-based sources. Copying and pasting from the Internet, without using quotation marks and without acknowledging sources, constitutes plagiarism. (For information about how to cite Internet sources, see Online Student Handbook > Academic Standards > "Citing Sources.")
Accidentally copying the words and ideas of another writer does not excuse the charge of plagiarism. It is easy to jot down notes and ideas from many sources and then write your own paper without knowing which words are your own and which are someone else's. It is more difficult to keep track of each and every source. However, the conscientious writer who wishes to avoid plagiarizing never fails to keep careful track of sources.
Always be aware that if you write without acknowledging the sources of your ideas, you run the risk of being charged with plagiarism.
Clearly, plagiarism, no matter the degree of intent to deceive, defeats the purpose of education. If you plagiarize deliberately, you are not educating yourself, and you are wasting your time on courses meant to improve your skills. If you plagiarize through carelessness, you are deceiving yourself.
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