T4T (Technology for Teachers) is a two-hour per week face-to-face class at the University of Central Oklahoma's College of Professional Studies, and is required for all pre-service teacher education majors in the College of Education. Prior to Spring 2010, this course had primarily focused on client-side productivity applications (MS Office) using Intel Teach Program curriculum. For Spring 2010 this course has been redesigned, focusing on a variety of cloud-based, interactive learning technologies and other free educational technology tools. While most higher education courses are traditionally designed with the majority of course content and student-created work HIDDEN behind a walled garden / password-protected learning management system, this redesigned T4T course has been created with an ethic of open sharing. To the greatest degree possible (with the exception of student grades and other confidential information) T4T curriculum and student work is available on the open/public web. PLEASE NOTE THESE MATERIALS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.
These resources are licensed by Wesley Fryer and Karen Montgomery. Utilized content in this course may be licensed differently. In those cases links to separate licenses are provided.
Please refer to the course syllabus for a complete listing of educational standards to which course activities are aligned. The following goals summarize key course objectives:
Contacting Your Instructor
Students are prohibited from using email to contact the course instructor. Using email to contact the instructor once the course has begun will result in an incremental reduction in the student's course participation grade.
Before contacting the instructor with a question relating to the course or course content, students MUST first visit and search the Course FAQ for Students blog. During the course of the semester, common questions about the course and assignments will be posted to this blog for reference.
Students are encouraged to contact the instructor synchronously (LIVE) during weekly virtual office hours, listed in WebCT. Contact can be made during theses times by either:
To make asynchronous, electronic contact with the instructor, students MUST use the university-provided WebCT course mail feature.
In case of emergency, students can contact the instructor by phone.
Course Tools and Resources for Students
Weekly Expectations Prior to Class
Two hours of study and work prior to each face-to-face class session are expected for each enrolled student. These activities should be completed prior to each week's class:
During the course of the semester, students will complete elective mini-projects following provided rubrics. The following websites and software programs can be used for these projects:
Class Scribe Assignments
During the semester, each student will be assigned the responsibility for ONE WEEK to summarize the highlights and learning points from the week on the course Shared Learning Blog.
Curriki Screencast Assignment
During the semeseter, students will create a screencast (less than five minutes in length) highlighting and explaining a curricular topic of interest. This screencast will be submitted to Curriki and openly licensed, using a use license chosen by the author/student.
Student-Created Websites and Web Accounts
These websites are required for all students.
While this course requires the creation and use of a variety of publicly available and accessible websites / web resources, students are NOT required to create accounts on these websites using his/her actual name. Aliases and screennames can be used, if desired, to create these accounts. By using an alias or screename unrelated to their actual name, students can maintain public anonymity on the websites and in the web content created to fulfill course requirements.
Before selecting, creating and using online accounts for this course, students are encouraged to consider the benefits of establishing and maintaining a professional digital footprint. By using a consistent username across multiple websites and web services, and consistently publishing high-quality, professional content online, students can craft their online digital footprint in ways that can open future doors of employment and work.
Students are encouraged, but not required, to create a consistent, professional digital footprint through the completion of these course requirements. For more thoughts along these lines, see:
Following the course calendar, some weeks classes will meet ONLINE instead of FACE-TO-FACE. Student attendance and participation in these online meetings is expected, just as consistent face-to-face attendance in class is expected.
Quarterly Checkup Quizzes
Four times during the semester (quarterly) checkpoint grades will be earned by students. Using the course LMS (WebCT) students will be asked to complete a quiz and provide links to several completed, weekly assignments. 24 hours will be provided to submit these checkpoint links, which will be to weekly class assignments already completed prior to that week's class.
Every assignment completed for this course will NOT be evaluated and graded by the instructor. Checkpoint assignments will "spot check" successful student completion of assigned grades, and provide regular benchmarks for successful student participation in the course.
Please see the semester's course syllabus for more details about student grades. Full credit will NOT be given for late work. Grades will be determined by points earned in the following areas:
TOTAL: 250 points
Other Course Models
The following are links to similar courses which I have and am using as resources/models for this course:
I plan to take inspiration also from John Strange.
These are other online courses and online course resources which have influenced the development of this course as well: