This course, a must for any educator wanting—or needing—to incorporate more technology into their classroom, provides a multitude of options for including technology into your classroom. Beginning with research into the overwhelming number of ways to introduce technology into your lesson, you will select the method that best fulfills your purpose and needs. From earning a Google Educator Certificate for yourself to lesson plans requiring students to create a podcast or YouTube video, you will analyze the best way to add technology to your lessons for ultimate impact on student learning. If you’ve been afraid to incorporate new tech into your plans, this course will help you learn the basics you need to know to let your students create projects they will be motivated to complete and engaged in from start to finish. In many cases, all you have to do is provide the guidelines, and the students will know how to do the rest. For example, you might choose to build guidelines and rubrics for technology-infused projects that target the specific learning objectives your students need to master. Once you have accomplished your goal and completed the project in your classroom, you just submit samples of the completed work for evaluation and credit.
The coursework can be tailored specifically to your goals and educational setting. Although suggestions are provided on what type of coursework (learning activities and projects) you may complete, the actual experiences, work you develop and implement, and content you encounter are driven by you. Now is the time for you to select a topic of interest, possibly an area of concern, one that needs improvement, or perhaps a new approach that you have not been able to study or implement.
Suggested activities and projects to help you earn credit:
Development or revision of classroom curriculum, rubrics, lesson plans, educational games, learning activities, PowerPoint presentations, video presentations, worksheets, educational websites, classroom visuals, classroom assignments and projects, bulletin boards, learning centers, anchor charts, assessments, teacher-created books, physical education activities, self-evaluation/reflection reports, technology-related activities, storytelling activities, units of study, STEM-related projects, Common Core Standards, mindfulness strategies, etc.
Designed for busy teachers like you, you will get up to 6 months to complete your coursework requirements, and extensions are always granted if needed. The projects you choose to develop will ultimately demonstrate the application of time you invest in professional development experiences, such as research, videos, readings, etc. An additional expectation is that you keep a time log that documents the time spent for this course. The specific requirements concerning your chosen projects and the time log are dependent what resonates most with you and how many credits you take per course.
Overview of Requirements
1. Define your course objective(s): When registering you will be required to provide a short description of the prospective activities and/or projects that you plan to create and implement. You may always modify, change, adapt or incorporate new ideas throughout the entire course duration.
2. Develop a self-created time log: Create a log to document the effort and time that you dedicate to the process of completing your coursework requirements. You can also document hours for activities and projects that you have created previously by back tracking the date in your log. Your log must be specific and include dates, times and accomplishments as proof of completed objectives. For each graduate-level credit, you will document 15 hours of academic involvement.
Whether you spend time brainstorming, researching, reading, typing, writing, watching educational videos and films for ideas, constructing visuals, or putting together new curriculum & rubrics, you are able to document all the professional time you have invested in amplifying and enriching your professional needs.
3. Provide proof of completed objectives: When all your goals are finally met, you will submit proof of completed objectives (activities & projects) and your self-created time log.
*Additional course guidelines, formatting requirements, and information will be provided upon course enrollment.
Completed courses are letter graded and will appear on an official transcript from University of the Pacific, Benerd College. An Official Transcript with your final course grade(s) is available from Pacific upon successful completion of coursework. The course ending date that will appear on your transcript will reflect the date on which your completed coursework was reviewed and graded.
About University of the Pacific
University of the Pacific, established in 1851, is California’s oldest private chartered university and is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
The credits offered are post-baccalaureate, graded, graduate-level semester units of credit, provided directly through University of the Pacific, Benerd College. They are specifically designed to meet the needs of educators for Salary Advancement and Recertification. The credits/units are acceptable where local districts approve and applicable to state licensing where authorized. We always encourage you to check with your employer for acceptability of these credits/units. Course participants are responsible to determine acceptability of these credits for their intended use. Each graduate-level semester credit is equivalent to 15 hours of academic involvement.
Upon successful mastery of this course, you will be able to:
- Identify areas technology can be incorporated into the curriculum.
- Identify appropriate technologies, techniques, applications, and equipment students need to create select technology projects.
- Integrate technology into your curriculum through the directed use of high-tech equipment/applications (e.g., iPads, computers, video editing applications).
- Reflect on how the addition of technology into your curriculum will impact future growth.
- Engage students in meaningful technological experiences (e.g., investigations, product development, research) to supplement your role as an educator.
- Adapt instruction to include student use of electronic devices such as laptops or iPads for the production of a specific product that scaffolds specific learning goals.
- Integrate and apply relevant technology into a final project that will be used in your work setting.
- Acquire the knowledge and the ability to apply technology into your curriculum in a variety of ways (e.g., earn Google Educator Certificate, learn new applications relevant to your teaching or classroom use).
- Reflect on the professional development experiences, specific to your future growth in the use of technology in your classroom.