Times: January 12 - May 4, 2009; Face-to-face meetings: Mondays, 4-7pm on the
following dates: January 12 & 26, February 9, March 2, 12 & 23, April 13, and May 4, 2009.
Overview: This course is designed to meet the needs of middle and high school teachers across all content areas in effectively integrating technology into their current classroom curricula. The course focuses on how technology can support multiple modes of learning and improve critical literacy for students in all content areas. Teachers will investigate specific models for integrating the Internet and digital media, including blogs, WebQuests, podcasts, wikis, and digital storytelling.
Designed using a hybrid format, teachers will attend face-to-face meetings periodically throughout the semester as well as participate in online forums and seminars. Because the nature of the course requires meaningful implementation of technology across the curriculum, course instructors will visit participants’ classrooms once during the semester to observe use of technology.
Identify overarching literacy goals as that span and connect content areas in middle and high school settings
Identify best practices in technology use and integration
Consider challenges of technology integration in the secondary classroom
Develop integrated units of study using technology to enhance literacy instruction
Create valuable models of technology-based products
Examine technology resources for both teachers and students
Use technology for problem solving
Communicate via the web
Certified classroom teachers grades 7-12, in all content areas, who are enrolled in USC Upstate as non-degree or degree graduate students.
Literacy in the Digital Age, 2nd edition, by R. W. Burniske (2007)
Various research articles
Integrated Unit Plan (20%): Each participant will submit a unit plan which illustrates the implementation of at least two technology tools and/or digital media formats. Unit plans are intended to extend current curricula and enhance literacy instruction through the use of technology. Plans will include goals and objectives, pacing guides, standards correlation, use of technology and assessment plans. Daily lesson plans are NOT required. Unit duration will depend on stated learning objectives.
Teaching Demonstration/Observation (20%): Throughout the semester, the course instructor will schedule visits to each participant’s classroom in order to observe the implementation of at least one new technology. Teachers will demonstrate what they have learned about best practice in using technology to enhance literacy instruction. Teaching demonstrations should include student involvement as well as hands-on activities, and will last approximately 60 minutes.
Multi-Media Portfolio (30%): The purpose of the portfolio is to create a parallel experience to help participants fully understand the process of creating new work using various media and technologies. Final portfolios will be presented near the end of the semester in electronic format and will include the following entries: digital story, podcast, web quest and personal philosophy on the use of digital media in the classroom. Participants will have free choice of topics for each portfolio entry but are encouraged to create products to be used as models in the classroom.
Course Blog, Wiki, and Discussion Board (30%): Throughout the course, participants will maintain a blog reflecting on classroom experiences and course readings. A total of 15 blog entries will be required. In addition, participants will collaborate to create a course wiki compiling resources and information for using technology in the classroom. Each participant will make 5 entries to the course wiki. Finally, participants will respond to weekly discussion forums and reply to entries posted by colleagues. Participants will respond to 10 discussion forums throughout the semester.
Attendance at ALL course meetings is expected. No more than one absence is allowed.
Students with Disabilities: “If you are a student with a disability and would like to request disability-related accommodations, you are encouraged to contact me and the Office of Disability Services as early in the semester as possible. The Office of Disability Services is located in Suite 107 of the Campus Life Center. Their phone number is 503-5123.”
Changes to this Syllabus: This syllabus is tentative. The instructor reserves the right to make adjustments as necessary. Students will be notified of changes.
Critical Literacy in the Digital Age: Improving Skills
Across the Curriculum Through Meaningful Integration of Technology
A professional development course in hybrid format offered for graduate credit
by the Spartanburg Writing Project in conjunction with USC-Upstate