This online course explores learning-theory research and its applications for technology-enriched standards-based units of study. Students will study theories of constructivism, multiple intelligences, and research related to how people learn. Participants will learn how technology applications can be used to create learning environments that strengthen 21st century problem-solving skills, and encourage communication, collaboration, and reflection. Using the instructional design strategies explored in this course, participants will develop a standards-based unit of study that strategically integrates technology and meets 21st century skills along with national and state educational technology standards and assessments.
EDCI 324 Current Topics in Assessment & Technology (Summer 2017) This course investigates current topics of assessment & technology, including many tenets of proficiency-based learning. Students will examine different forms of assessment and methods for integrating technology into assessment practice. We will explore and evaluate a variety of digital tools for summative and formative assessment. Students will interact as an online community, modeling how feedback and reflection play an integral part of the assessment process and will also maintain a digital portfolio for the class. As a final project students will create a unit of study, incorporating learning targets developed from the ISTE standards and other content standards, integrating digital tools for assessment, and demonstrating mastery of other course objectives.
EDCI 322 Differentiated Instruction with Technology (Fall 2017)
This course explores ways that educators can address the diverse strengths and needs of students in today’s classrooms by developing and utilizing a instructional framework based on current information and practice related to differentiating instruction and universal design for learning. A focus of the course will be the use of existing and emerging technologies to assist and support the success of all students, including students with disabilities.
EDCI 323 Amplifying Inquiry & Project Based Learning with Technology (Fall 2017)
This course engages educators in a student centered, active learning experience using technology resources and tools to promote questioning, critical thinking and problem solving skills. Educators will learn about technology resources & tools that support problem based, project based, and inquiry based learning in all disciplines and design a project or inquiry based activity with assessments for the students (or teachers) they teach.
Parallax scrolling is a technique in which different elements on a web page move at different rates as the user scrolls, creating a sense of depth. I first got interested in the technique thanks to Annie Bellerose, who was looking for a way for her students to amplify and transform their writing using digital tools.
So what are we talking about here?
The Boat is a story that uses parallax scrolling (and other techniques) to full effect. Check it out below. The New York Times story Snow Fall is another example.
How might students use parallax scrolling to tell their stories? Until recently, this involved a lot of coding that was beyond the reach of most high school students (unless they had coding experience). Now, Wix has parallax scrolling available for many of its background images and even videos. An internet search will also reveal many WordPress themes that use parallax scrolling, however this involves more work than simply creating a Wix site.
I came across the Print Friendly & PDF Chrome extension today, This extension allows you to print (or save as a PDF) a de-cluttered version of a web site. Essentially, it strips out ads, navigation buttons and any content that you don't want printed.
For example, here's a page from CNN as it appears on the web:
And here it is after applying the Print Friendly & PDF extension:
Here's a video that explains how to install and use the extension:
I've posted before about inserting tables of contents in Google Docs. As a reminder-- as long as you use heading formats (see below), Docs can automatically create a TOC for you.
I've been working on a "textbook" for my class, however, and I really wanted the table of contents to be numbered (something Docs doesn't currently do-- although they recently added the ability to show page numbers instead of links).
Enter the Table of Contents Add-on for Google Docs. To install, go to the Add-ons menu and search (or use the link above). Once installed, you can select it from the menu. It will appear on the right of your document. Click to refresh and you will get a numbered table of contents!
After runing the Add-on, simply refresh the TOC that you created from the Insert menu in Google Docs and you will now have: