EDU 5103 Studyguide
Course Philosophy and Web Resources
Philosophy of Education 5103
Information and communication technologies (ICTs) have a place in education, they are being used in significant ways more and more everyday. For the Integration of Instructional Design and Information Technology course, the appropriate and timely use of computer software will be the focus.
Often the best teaching technique, pedagogically-speaking, is direct teaching. The teacher at the front of the room disseminating information for the student to think about and respond to is sometimes the best way to bring about student learning. Modern approaches to classroom instruction also include teaching based on Constructivist learning principles where students learn to how to build their own knowledge based on their prior learning.
Other situations may warrant the integration or incorporation of computers within this teaching structure. It is the job of the informed teacher to decide when and how the computer should or should not be used.
This course will develop a teacher’s abilities to perform this task. The means to developing the skill of knowing how and when software should be used will be facilitated by investigating the theory associated with computers in education and by looking at others’ effective practice of using computer software.
By the end of this course, students will be comfortable with the concepts involved in Instructional Design and Instructional Design models and be able to employ them in educational context.
Distance education courses should not be held in isolation. This one has not been. However, more emphasis should be put on posting responses to particular questions. These posted answers should then be discussed further by other students. I believe that significant and lasting learning outcomes develop when people take the time to respond to others’ responses. The goal here being to foster a supportive online community that can pool resources, trouble shoot, philosophize, analyze and share our wealth of individual experiences.
In order to facilitate our on-line, asynchronous discussion, a number of articles are linked in the various weekly assignments. This will be the basis for discussions. In an inter-dependant fashion, students who will complete this course will be able to choose and appropriately use software in the classroom.
- Eric Search
- Vision and Learning Outcomes for the Integration of Information Technologies from Nova Scotia Department of Education
- Nova Scotia Department of Education Site – Learning Resources and Technology
- Integration of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) Through Teacher Professional Development: Issues and Trends in Canada
- Media Education in Nova Scotia
- Technology Education and Development: Free open access book on a variety of topics (international contexts)
Software Selection & Review pages
- Super kids Review Page
- 50 Education Technology Tools Every Teacher Should Know About
- Technology Tools for Teaching & Learning
- Educational Technology Resources
- Canadian Education Association (CEA) Research & Publications
- The National School Boards Association (NSBA) Various Publications
- Educational Technology Journals: Thorough list of EDU/IT journals (most should be accessible from your library portal)
- T.H.E. Journal Magazine Very Good Source
- JTE Journal of Technology Educaiton Open access journal from Virgina Tech
A Few Articles
- Seven Steps to Responsible Software Selection
- Hypermedia and Curriculum Article that proposes a definition of hypermedia.
- Curriculum Applications of Hyper/Multimedia Example of Hypermedia Lesson
- Constructing Knowledge with Technology – A review of the Literature
Educational Technology Sites
- One Lap Top Per Child The OLPC Project
- EDUDEMIC Loads of resources
- EDUCAUSE Good site on Distance Education
- EduTech Wiki
- Educational Technology Guy Great blog with tons of links & resources
- Global Grid for Learning (GGfL) Digital content broker for schools
- MediaSmarts Not-for-profit Canadian Digital/ Media Literacy Site
- Tech & Learning E books, product reviews, free webinars
- ED TECH TEACHER Conferences and resources
- Office of Educational Technology US Gov. Site
- 4TEACHERS list of various resources
- Emerging Tech
- Marc Prensky Well known author on ED/IT , coined the phrase “digital natives”
- George Siemens Connectivism Blog
University IT Pages
Online Courses and Tutorials
Inspirational Talks from TED
- Richard Baraniuk on open-source learning
- Charles Leadbeater: The era of open innovation
- Shimon Schocken: The self-organizing computer course