Welcome to EDUC 308 Learner Practicum



COURSE DESCRIPTION AND PURPOSE:
Instructional Technology Practicum. Students will design and implement computer-mediated instructional lessons in a secondary classroom using world-wide Web resources, selected software programs, and other technologies. The purpose of the course is to plan and prepare technology integrated or Web-based lessons that can be utilized to support student centered learning activities in either your cooperating teacher's classroom or during your student teaching.

COURSE OUTCOMES:
You will be able to:

1. Implement and evaluate one technology enriched lesson activity in your cooperating teacher’s classroom. Students may choose to implement an existing lesson/activity or develop a new one.
2. Present the results of the implementation to the class or a small group.
3. Understand the role technology plays in your placement school.
5. Participate in electronic mentorship with accomplished teachers from across the nation.
6. Participate in a Web-based session in Elluminate.
SCHEDULED ASSIGNMENTS:

Electronic Mentorship—Ongoing (Jan 29- May 5)
1. Each student is expected to be an active member of the electronic learning community via Tapped In. You will be responsible for reading and posting each week. In addition to answering questions, you are expected to ask questions of your mentors or fellow classmates.
New threads and responses cannot exceed 200 words. More than 200 words frustrates other readers and they will be less likely to respond to your submission. I am not looking for responses such as, "That was a great comment Jason, good job." or "I agree." You should be referencing material discussed in the courses you are taking or relating to your field teaching experience.
Each student should contribute at least one post per week (You are welcome to post more). You should also answer any questions that are posted to you. That means that your contributions should be made throughout the week and not all at one time. Try and log on to Tapped In at least 2-3 times per week so you can follow the discussions.
The teachers who will be mentoring you are highly accomplished and will prove to be an enormous asset. Ask them questions. They have endless resources that they are willing to share.
Pose your problems, issues, and share your celebrations with each other! As a community we will work hard to help each other. Past cohorts have said that keeping up with each other via Tapped In during student teaching was very helpful. Just remember you are not alone.

As a Result:
A. Each student will write a 1 page reflection about their electronic mentorship experience and how Tapped In could be used to enhance your classroom teaching. (post these to the class wiki) (Due: May 7)

B. Each student will keep a practicum log that will document at least 10 hours spent reading and posting on Tapped In. (Due May 7)
2. Technology Inventory (Due Feb. 5)
Conduct a Technology Inventory of your placement school using the Technology Inventory Sheet provided on Blackboard. Post a copy on the class wiki. http://308.wikispaces.com/ This will give you the opportunity to see how schools differ in their access to technology and such knowledge might influence your choice of where to apply to teach.
3. Implementation Project (Due dates below)
This is the critical component of this course. As new teachers you will be asked to use technology in the classroom. This project will give you a chance to design, implement, and evaluate technology-enhanced lessons in your cooperating classroom. In addition, you will benefit from the collaboration and input of accomplished electronic mentor-teachers during the development of your projects.

Steps to Completing Project
1. You will select a technology-based project to implement in the classroom that teaches content area standards. This could include a WebQuest you created or found on the Web, a multi-media project you created, a simulation, or any other combination of activities. (Topic selection Due: Feb.12 )
a. You can work individually or in pairs on the project.
b. The technology should support the goals of the content, as should the other instructional media you use to teach any lesson.
c. You may create the electronic resources that students will use or utilize existing resources found on the Web.
d. The content of this lesson should be from your area of study. The delivery of the content and the activities the students use for mastery should include technology.

2. Teaching of Project
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You will teach your technology-enhanced lessons.(Due: Between February 27- May 7)
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The practicum includes 10 hours of *teaching with* technology, either alone or with your cooperating (or another) teacher or as a team with another student from this class. You will need to document this time in the practicum log. (Due May 7)