EDU 356A Technology in the Classroom


Class Objectives:

  • Use a variety of technological tools (word processing, spreadsheet, presentation software, internet, instructional software, Inspiration, digital cameras, DVDs, etc.) to prepare and deliver instruction (S4. P5) (S12. P2, P3)
  • 4. The educator understands and uses a variety of appropriate instructional strategies to develop various kinds of students’ learning including critical thinking, problem solving, and reading.
  • NETS-T
  • 3. Model Digital-Age Work and Learning
    • Teachers exhibit knowledge, skills, and work processes representative of an innovative professional in a global and digital society. Teachers:
    • Demonstrate fluency in technology systems and the transfer of current knowledge to new technologies and situations.
    • Collaborate with students, peers, parents, and community members using digital tools and resources to support student success and innovation.
    • Model and facilitate effective use of current and emerging digital tools to locate, analyze, evaluate, and use information resources to support research and learning.


Class Activity:

  • Essential Question: How can I best design instruction that promotes thinking?
  • Unit Question: What does thinking look like?
  • Content Question: What thinking skills should I target for my classroom?

Mapping Media to the Common Core: "Radio Show"


Podcast Resources:


Podcasting in Education:

Podcast as defined on "Podhead" - PODCAST: The word podcast was originally constructed by the words "iPod" and "boradcast". Later, the expression POD was redefined to mean "Personal On Demand", so that podcasting came to mean "Personal On Demand CASTING" or "Personal transmitions available for download". So, a podcast is a series of related shows available on the internet, that can be played back on an MP3 player. Besides a number of episodes a podcast consists of an RSS feed, that describes the podcasts and its individual episodes.
  • Create Podcast by yourself or with a partner on a topic of interest
    • Target time should be about 2 minutes in length.
    • Topic is be used to create a Public Service Announcement (PSA). You can use one from our "Wall Wisher", of personal interest, or global issue.
    • Use Audacity, Garageband or any other software of your choice.




Course Outside Work: