Current Technology Trends
This course investigates innovations, emerging technologies, and technology’s role in education reform. Students will collaborate to search out, evaluate, and synthesize research studies and verifiable information about promising educational technologies.
The course as a whole is guided by the overarching essential question:
What are the critical issues that intersect with technology and education, and how do we approach these issues in our classrooms, schools, and communities?
Exploring this question prepares students to engage with the current state of educational technology in society and in the classroom more deeply. Students are introduced to four critical issues and explore each issue through a spiral process of building new knowledge and deepening understandings moving from understanding to analyzing to transforming. Each module is guided by an essential question and a learning goal with a set of readings and a culminating performance that challenges you to engage in transforming the issue through educational technology.
|UNIT||Essential Question||Culminating Performance|
|OVERARCHING||What are the critical issues that intersect with technology and education, and how do we approach these issues in our classrooms, schools, and communities?||Audience-Specific WebQuest|
|1||What are the ways in which the digital divides impact our educational environments?||Assets-Based Infographic|
|2||How do the tensions between truth and disinformation online and in the media impact the social and cultural purposes of education?||Public Service Announcement (PSA)|
|3||Why are white nationalism and online hate a concern for educators?||Newsletter|
|4||What roles do online algorithms play in facilitating and inhibiting equity and inclusion online, offline, in schools and classrooms, and in the wider world?||Research Brief|