EdTech 541: Syllabus

EDTECH 541:  Integrating Technology into the Classroom Curriculum

Course Description:
You will examine and explore technology integration strategies within K-12 networked computing environments. Content will include an examination of technology integration techniques using various application tools, instructional software, productivity software, and the Internet. You will also identify relative advantages for choosing technology integration strategies and resources for you to draw upon in developing your own technology integration activities.

Course Objectives:

At the end of the course, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of hardware function, installation, selection and maintenance by developing a networking/hardware lesson or conducting a field trip.
  2. Locate and evaluate current research on teaching and learning with technology and generate a personal rationale for using technology in education based on findings from research and practice.
  3. Define and identify instructional software types and uses.
  4. Identify and develop effective classroom activities using telecommunications tools and the Internet and will demonstrate this knowledge through reflective activities and the development of one or more web-based activities.
  5. Develop effective classroom activities using advanced features of database management systems and/or advanced spreadsheet software tools and demonstrate knowledge of this through the development of a database or spreadsheet supported lesson.
  6. Identify and classify adaptive assistive hardware and software for students and teachers and demonstrate this knowledge through reflective discussion activities.
  7. Identify and describe teaching and learning tasks as well as productivity uses for Internet-based tools.
  8. Identify and describe teaching and learning tasks with productivity software tools.
  9. Identify current issues in all content areas that will impact the selection and use of technology, describe key strategies for integrating technology into those content areas, and identify example software and Web resources required to carry out each integration strategy.

AECT Standards

Standard 1: DESIGN

Candidates demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to design conditions for learning by applying principles of instructional systems design, message design, instructional strategies, and learner characteristics.

1.1 Instructional Systems Design (ISD) Within the application of this definition, ‘design’ is interpreted at both a macro- and micro-level in that it describes the systems approach and is a step within the systems approach. The importance of process, as opposed to product, is emphasized in ISD.

1.1.1 Analyzing: process of defining what is to be learned and the context in which it is to be learned.

1.1.2 Designing: process of specifying how it is to be learned.

1.1.3 Developing: process of authoring and producing the instructional materials.

1.1.4 Implementing: actually using the materials and strategies in context.

1.2 Message Design: Message design is embedded within learning theories (cognitive, psychomotor, behavioral, perceptual, affective, constructivist) in the application of known principles of attention, perception, and retention which are intended to communicate with the learner. This sub-domain is specific to both the medium selected and the learning task.

1.3 Instructional Strategies In practice, instructional strategies interact with learning situations. The results of these interactions are often described by instructional models. The appropriate selection of instructional strategies and instructional models depends upon the learning situation (including learner characteristics), the nature of the content, and the type of learner objective.

1.4 Learner Characteristics Learner characteristics impact specific components of instruction during the selection and implementation of instructional strategies. For example, motivation research influences the selection and implementation of instructional strategies based upon identified learner characteristics. Learner characteristics interact with instructional strategies, the learning situation, and the nature of the content.


Candidates demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to develop instructional materials and experiences using print, audiovisual, computer-based, and integrated technologies.

2.1 Print Technologies Print technologies include verbal text materials and visual materials; namely, text, graphic and photographic representation and reproduction. Print and visual materials provide a foundation for the development and utilization of the majority of other instructional materials.

2.2 Audiovisual Technologies Audiovisual technologies are generally linear in nature, represent real and abstract ideas, and allow for learner interactivity dependent on teacher application.

2.3 Computer-Based Technologies Computer-based technologies represent electronically stored information in the form of digital data. Examples include computer-based instruction(CBI), computer-assisted instruction (CAI), computer-managed instruction (CMI), telecommunications, electronic communications, and global resource/reference access.

2.4 Integrated Technologies Integrated technologies are typically hypermedia environments which allow for: (a) various levels of learner control, (b) high levels of interactivity, and (c) the creation of integrated audio, video, and graphic environments. Examples include hypermedia authoring and telecommunications tools such as electronic mail and the World Wide Web.


Candidates demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to use processes and resources for learning by applying principles and theories of media utilization, diffusion, implementation, and policy-making.

3.1 Media Utilization Utilization is the decision-making process of implementation based on instructional design specifications.

3.2 Diffusion of Innovations With an ultimate goal of bringing about change, the process includes stages such as awareness, interest, trial, and adoption.


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