EDU 356A Technology in the Classroom

Class Objectives:

  • Students will identify Levels of Teaching Innovations (LoTi).
  • Students will assess implementations and achievements of learning technologies in the classroom.
  • Students will evaluate instructional units and recommend related learning activities to improve student engagement.

NETS-T Standards Addressed:

2. Design and Develop Digital-Age Learning Experiences and Assessments
  • Teachers design, develop, and evaluate authentic learning experiences and assessment incorporating contemporary tools and resources to maximize content learning in context and to develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes identified in the NETS-S. Teachers:
  • A. Design or adapt relevant learning experiences that incorporate digital tools and resources to promote student learning and creativity.B. Develop technology-enriched learning environments that enable all students to pursue their individual curiosities and become active participants in setting their own educational goals, managing their own learning, and assessing their own progress.
  • C. Customize and personalize learning activities to address students' diverse learning styles, working strategies, and abilities using digital tools and resources.
  • D. Provide students with multiple and varied formative and summative assessments aligned with content and technology standards and use resulting data to inform learning and teaching.

Essential Question: What is engagement?
Unit Question: How are students engaged?
Content Question: What methods will be used to engage students?

Video & Discussion


Think Different by Apple from Frank Gregor on Vimeo.



  • How would you explain the message of this video?
  • What could educators do to make changes in classrooms?

Titanpad discussion: Student Engagment defined
Influences on Student Engagement: Venn Diagrams

Class Activity:




  • TPACK Model


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Homework for Week #3
  • Students are to access the Edmodo siteto participate in an online class discussion.
    • Register as a "Student" and use the link provided in e-mail.
      • Be sure to use the Class Post Rubric on slide 2 of the rubric presentation
      • Provide your thoughts and respond to a fellow classmate's. Hopefully this will start a great online discussion.
        • Your responses need to have substance (NOT: I agree or good point as the only response)
    • Discussion (Original Response) to be completed by Thursday 8:00 pm CST.
    • Discussion (peer responses) to be completed by Sunday 5:00pm CST.