EDUC 216 Syllabus Check-Off Sheet OWL APA Format Research APA Sample Paper Home
    This course includes an introduction to the applications of technology and pedagogical skills used within the school environment. The primary goal of this course is to provide the learner with essential skills through the development and use of instructional applications, educational software, and computers.
   Grading will occur from the satisfactory completion of assignments found  within this course.  An EDUC 216 Assignment Checklist may be downloaded and used as a self-directed check sheet to monitor your progress as you work through this course assignment list.
   The reflective assignments may include various articles within different formats, e.g., HTML, Adobe Reader, Web pages, etc. A goal of this course is to provide individuals with the ability to access information from the Internet. The delivery of this course content is very similar to a virtual classroom; therefore, it is important to retrieve this information independently. Printing documents from this Website is acceptable. However, if at all possible try to read the documents directly from the Internet.Writing reflections requires the ability to identify the topic or thesis statement of the article.  Stay within the parameter of the thesis statement.  The reflection should not contain your opinions or broad statements that are out of context.  Generalized or rhetorical statements should also be avoided.

Complete the Article Reflection Document for each assignment and turn it in on the day that the reading assignment is listed.


Article Reflection Document
Article Critique (Used for Grading Reflections)
Harkness Seminar example
Harkness Seminar Blank Template
Resources and Downloads for Collaborative Learning


Why are the reflections handwriten?

How Handwriting Trains the Brain

Digitizing Literacy:  Reflections on the Haptics of Writing

Reflection Rubric  
   Please Review- Common Errors Found Within Student Submitted Work
Tusculum requires a strict adherence to APA guidelines when writing papers; please consider this prior to submitting assignments. In addition, please read the Research Component section within this website and use it as a guideline while writing reflections/papers. It is very important to be objective during the reflective process; however, it is also important to back up your reflective opinions/statements with research from a recognized authority on the subject.

The reflections will be discussed during the daily class meetings on the days they are listed.  The reflections must be completed prior to the class discussion.  This will be explained during our first class meeting. All reflections are due before the last day of class, i.e. prior to, or on the day before the last scheduled class meeting.

The length of reflections may vary. It is more important to reflect using quality over quantity.
Please wait until after our first class meeting before purchasing a book.

Pitler, H, Hubbel, E.R., Kuhn, M., & Malenoski, K. (2007). Using technology with classroom instruction that works.  Alexandria,   VA: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. (ISBN 1416605703)

This course will require the use of a "jump/flash" drive. It is important to bring an external drive to class meetings.

    Technology Methods for this Course  
At the conclusion of this course, student teachers should be able to demonstrate proficiency within the following methodologies.  These method assignments should be completed during class time and will represent a large portion of the final grade.



What Makes Great Teachers?

Domains of Learning - Learning Module  Cognitive - Affective - Psychomotor

The Second Principle

Nerve Cell

Online Timer  Timer 2 Timer 3

Backwards Design

What Makes Great Teachers Great?

Understanding by Design (Wiggins & McTighe 1999)

How Teachers Are Using Technology at Home and in Their Classrooms


EDUC216 Day 1

If you have a laptop, please bring it to class.
Prior to coming to class, please read Dweck 2007.

1. Syllabus Overview


Welliver’s Instructional Transformation Model

Dweck 2007 (Article)

Carol Dweck: The Effect of Praise on Mindsets (Video 3:26 min)


2. Foundations

3. Online Polling

4. Guided Inquiry -  Dewey, Piaget, and Vygotsky

5. Classroom Data Management

6. Introduce Project Based Learning (PBL)

7. Tabletop Movie Making

8. Access and sign-up on the Weebly website to create a webpage.


9. Critical/Reflective Practice

10. Establish PBL Teams
  • Assign Teams
  • Theme or Topic is due on day 3
11. Discussion-
Banning Laptops in the Classroom
  (Written reflection is not required)   

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EDUC216 Day 2


1. Common Core Curriculum

2. Conclusion/Clarification of Day 1 Topics


3. Assimilation - Accommodation (Video 1:16 Min.) 4. Multitasking


5. Reflection Discussion- Intro: Five Keys to Rigorous Project-Based Learning (video 6:30 min.)

Prior to coming to class, watch the following 5 videos below and create a reflection that includes a brief statement on each of the 5 keys.  The total video time is slightly less than 13 minutes.

6. Reflection Discussion- Teacher Reflection on Tabletop Moviemaking in a Language Arts Classroom

7. Reflection Discussion- The Digital Divide: Resource Roundup
          Watch the video Nichole Pinkard on Digital Literacy

8. Reflection Discussion-
Constructivism and the Five E's


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    EDUC216 Day 3
1. PBL team theme/topic due

2. Project Based Learning
3. Introduce Classroom Response Technology (CRT) Hot Topics 4. Introduce NVU

5. Group Activity, Describe focus of Tabletop Movie
6. Reflection Discussion- What exactly is ConcepTest?
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    EDUC216 Day 4

1. Cell Phone Policy
2. NVU (creating Intranet)

3. Excel - How to Create a Simple Grade book using Microsoft Excel 2003

4. Marzano
5. An Introduction to Comprehensive Assessment (Video 3:40 min.)

6. Teaching Your Students How to Have a Conversation
(Social and Emotional Learning)

7. Reflection Discussion-
Inquiry Learning

8. Reflection Discussion- The Pros and Cons of having Cell Phones in High Schools
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    EDUC216 Day 5

1. Multiple Intelligences 2. With-it-ness
3. Students work on CRT and NVU

Video Download using Firefox
5. PowerPoint/Word - Lesson Plans

. Reflection Discussion- The Administrators Role in Technology Integration

7. Reflection Discussion- Howard Gardner: Multiple Intelligences are not Learning Styles

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EDUC216 Day 6


1. Reticular Activating System (RAS)

2. What Makes Great Teachers 3. Students work on CRT and NVU

4. Interactive Whiteboard Training
5. Free Online Resources Engage Elementary Kids 6. For Class Discussion-  Illinois Schools Demand Students Hand Over Social Media Passwords
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    EDUC216 Day 7

1. Cultivating Multiple Intelligences - Gardner (Video 9:24 Min.)

2. What's Your Learning Style (Online Quiz)

3. Differentiated Instruction Ignites Elementary School Learning
(Video 5:32 Min.)

4. A Day in the Life of PBL (Video 6:25 Min.)

5. Will Common Core Pay Off
6. Classroom Response Technology
7. Interactive Whiteboard Training

8. For Class Discussion-
Banning Laptops in Class (No Reflection Assigned)
9. Reflection Discussion- What Every Teacher Should Know about Technology

10. Reflection Discussion- How Teachers Use Technology: The Latest Research
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      EDUC216 Day 8

1. The Vision of the Common Core
(Video 9:10 Min.)

2. The Forces Behind Common Core Standards 
(Video 10:00 Min.)

3. Silicon Valley - No Computers in Classrooms
(Video 3:23 Min.)

4. Find a technology integration teaching strategy to share with the class on "Day 9"

5. Reflection Discussion-
Why Integrate Technology into the Curriculum?: The Reasons Are Many
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    EDUC216 Day 9

1. Sharing of Teaching Strategies
2. Assessment 3. Modalities 4. Multiple Intelligences - Gardner

5. I Am...

6. Interactive Whiteboard

7. Reflection Discussion-
Managing Your Classroom Computer Center
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    EDUC216 Day 10

1. Begin filming videos

2. CRT / Interactive Whiteboard

3. Website Creation

4. Excel - Behavior Data Sheet

Mouse Squad Grades 3-8, Computer Science (Video 14:25 Min.)

6. Schools Use Games for Learning and Assessment (Video 10:52 Min.)

7. Howard Huges Medical Institute

. Reflection Discussion- Computer Games Stunt Teen Brains

          Maths Zone

9. Reflection Discussion- The Truth about Video Games and the Brain: What Research Tells Us

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    EDUC216 Day 11

1. CRT / Interactive Whiteboard

2. Website Creation

3. Focus on Downloading PowerPoint presentations
4. Expeditionary Learning at King Middle School (Video 26:56 Min.)

5. Integrate Excel and Behavior Management spreadsheet

6. Using the Scientific Method (Interactive Experiment)
7. Reflection Discussion- Gaming for Good
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    EDUC216 Day 12
1. Child Internet Protection Act (CIPA)
2. N2H2 3. Website Creation

4. CRT / Interactive Whiteboard

6. Reflection Discussion- Kids Outsmart Web Filters

7. Discussion- Filtering and the First Amendment

8. Discussion- CIPA and Kindles
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    EDUC216 Day 13

1. Online Programs

2. How Differentiated Instruction and Formative Assessment Work at Forest Lake Elementary

. Reading Renaissance / Accelerated Reader

4. SEL - Believing in Students

5. CRT / Interactive Whiteboard


7. Will Employers Still Ask for Facebook Passwords in 2014?

8. Reflection Discussion-
Brain Exercise with Dr. Kawashima

9. Reflection Discussion- What is Flipped Learning?
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    EDUC216 Day 14

1. Cyber Bullying

2. Tabletop Movie Making



5. Differentiated Instruction in the Classroom at Mesquite Elementary School

6. Reflection Discussion-
Districts Grapple with Web Bullying

7. Discussion- How to Talk with Educators at Your Child's School About Bullying

8. Assignment- Identify and discuss the bullying laws in state in which you plan teach.
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    EDUC216 Day 15

1. The Amygdala Hijack

2. Five-Year-Olds Pilot their own Project-Based-Learning

3. Using Critical Thinking to Find Trustworthy Websites

4. The Virtual Classroom -

5. Classroom Work

6. Reflection Discussion-
Freedom of Speech

Freedom of Speech Lesson Plan

7. Reflection-
School Principals: Students Have Privacy and Free Speech Rights Too!
8. Reflection- Freedom of Expression in Schools
9. Reflection- Does the First Amendment protect students' cyberspeech?
10. Integration- Temperature Experiment (Excel Spreadsheet)  Worksheet (doc)  Peer Evaluation (pdf)


Literacy in Science and Math (To be completed with PBL activities)

One goal of Project/Problem Based Learning (PBL) activities is to integrate the literacy component within the instructional process.  This may be accomplished by integrating a writing component using either the Science Lab Report or the Science Lab Report Template within the PBL exercises.


The haptics of writing is also important when considering Brain Based Learning.  Because of this, student lab reports should be handwritten.  Ruled paper should be used and a loose leaf notebook is ideal for collecting and storing students work.

We will also use a Rubric to guide students while creating their Laboratory Reports. 


The appropriate use of vocabulary is an important component of this course work.  For Example, the "Analysis" section of the Rubric requires the use "vocabulary words" as a requirement for grading.  Lists of grade level and subject specific vocabulary words may be found at the website of Iredell - Statesville Schools.

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    EDUC216 Day 16

1. Networks

2. Movie Preparation

3. Make up Day

4. Skype

5. Cell Phone Policy
5. Reflection Discussion- Do Cell Phones Belong in the Classroom?

6. Case Summary-
Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District

7. Case Summary-
Hazelwood School District v. Kuhlmeier

8. Case Summary-
Bethel v. Fraser and Morse v. Fredrick

9. Case Summary-
Burch v. Barker

Freedom of Expression in the Courts

Why New Jersey's Antibullying Law Should be a Model for other States
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    EDUC216 Day 17

1. Filter Bypass

2. Seven Essentials for Project-Based Learning

3. Movie Preparation
4. Positive Comments

5. All assignments DUE (assignments may be turned in early)
    EDUC216 Day 18

1. Final Exam

2. Movie Premiere
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 Additional Information  
    Reading Renaissance / Accelerated Reader  
Gardner's Multiple Intelligences (SMARTS)  
    The Four Best Computer Laboratory Layouts for Schools  
    Classroom Seating Arrangements  
Ten Tips for Personalized Learning via Technology  
Interactive Whiteboard  
A Clean Slate: Interactive Whiteboard Makes Lessons Snazzy  
Interactive Whiteboard and SMART Board Resources  
Interactive White Board Lessons  
Tips for Using Multiple Intelligences to Differentiate Instruction In the Elementary Classroom (pp. 11,12,14)  
E-mail Reflection- What is Differentiated Instruction and how can it be used in the classroom? How can you identify individual learning styles? Can you identify the learning style(s) that is/are best suited for you?
Do These Web Sites Work?
E-mail Reflection- What strategies should be considered when developing a website?
    Big Thinkers: Howard Gardner on Multiple Intelligences  
    Tabletop Movie Making  
How to Create a Simple Grade book using Microsoft Excel  
    Spread Sheet Resources  (Internet Resource)  
Internet4Classrooms Microsoft Excel Modules (Internet Resource)  
    Microsoft Office Templates (Internet Resource)  
    Teacher Tools and Templates (Internet Resource)  
    FrontPage Tutorial (Used in Class)  
    Publishing a Web Page (Used in Class)  
    FrontPage Tutorial  
Welliver’s Instructional Transformation Model  
    Create Jeopardy using PowerPoint  
PowerPoint Game  
    National Education Technology Standards  
    Internet4Classrooms Microsoft Power Point (Internet Resource)  
    PowerPoint 2000 (Tutorial)  
    PowerPoint 2002 (Tutorial)  
    PowerPoint 2003 (Tutorial)  
    PowerPoint Quick Reference (Supplement)  
    PowerPoint Quick Reference (MS Word)  
    PowerPoint Quick Reference  
    Jeopardy (PowerPoint Game)  
    Feel the PowerPoint (Video)  
Eight Ways of Knowing  
    Station Cards  
    Project-Based Learning Online  
    Global Grocery List Project  
    Journey North  
    Space Day  
    Crayola Learning Centers  
    Creative Learning Centers  
    Brainy Betty  
    SMART Exchange  
    SMART Board Lessons  
    SMART Board Lessons (2)  
    SMART Training  
    SMART Board Templates  
    Teacher Channel  
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