Computer Use in Education

This course explores the different ways that technology can be used to support learning, understanding, and inclusion in the classroom or in other types of learning environments. The activities in the course pays special attention to the role that future educators play as facilitator and intentional designer of materials and of the environment to engage in intentional, inclusive, and just teaching with technology.

The course explores the following essential question:

What does it look like to engage in intentional, inclusive, and just teaching with technology?

Throughlines and Values logo

While exploring the essential question, the course is guided by the following throughlines and values to help students understand how to provide intentional, inclusive, and just learning experiences with technology.

  • Plan an Intentional Curriculum

    Plan an Intentional Curriculum
    • Offer Windows

      Curriculum lends opportunities for all students to see and experience new ideas, perspectives, identities, and ways of being in the world.

    • Provide Mirrors

      Learning experiences should provide opportunities for all students to see themselves in what is being taught and explored in the curriculum.

  • Facilitate Inclusive Cultural Practices

    Facilitate Inclusive Cultural Practices
    • Commit to a Culturally Relevant Curriculum

      A culturally relevant curriculum links to Windows and Mirrors and also recognizes the different ways in which students of a range of identities, community memberships, and abilities interact with information.

    • Overcome Stereotypes

      Teachers must understand their students for who they are not based on stereotypes or prior experiences with students claiming the same identities or community membership and help their students to do the same.

    • Honor Home Languages

      Teachers must recognize home languages are assets and important aspects of diversity in learning. Language not only helps us communicate with each other, but also helps us to interact with the world around us.

  • Engage in Just Technology Use

    Engage in Just Technology Use
    • Facilitate Sharing, Communicating, and Deep Inquiry

      Technology can provide students with the opportunity to share what they understand and investigate topics deeply. Teachers need to structure technology use so these opportunities are available for all students.

    • Foster Empowering Knowledge and Contributing to the Classroom and Society

      Teachers must structure technology use so that students are empowered to make use of the knowledge they bring while working to contribute to the classroom and society as a whole.

The following enduring understandings guides the course, and provides a unit-based structure:

UNITEnduring UnderstandingsCulminating Performance
OVERARCHINGTechnology can serve as a resource to connect with other teachers to grow, learn, and participate in a community of educators engaged in intentional, inclusive, and just teaching with technology.
SELFPast experiences with education and technology influence who teachers are in the present as a student and in the future as an educator engaged in intentional, inclusive, and just teaching.Virtual Cajita
TRUTHTechnology can be used to embrace, provide access to, and find truth in the complexities of the information-driven modern era.Annotated Article
VOICETechnology can serve to provide access to and elevate the voices of the silenced and oppressed and marginalize hate.Online Hate Public Service Announcement
JUSTICEThoughtful, intentional, and critical evaluation of and planning with technology can help teachers participate in intentional, inclusive, and just teaching.Annotated Mini-Unit
Jeremy F Price
Jeremy F Price
Assistant Professor

Public scholar-advocate invested in working with marginalized and minoritized youth and communities to build an inclusive and just democratic project by transforming learning and teaching environments.