The University of Toledo
Judith Herb College of Education

ETPT 6300/8300: Technology Management in K-16 Education
Course Syllabus – Summer Semester 2013

Instructor: Dr. Berhane Teclehaimanot
Professor, Dept. of Curriculum & Instruction
Area of Educational Technology    
Office: GH 2000JJ
Office Telephone: (419) 530-7979
E-mail  berhane.teclehaimanot@utoledo.edu
Fax:    (419) 530-2466           
Course:   Distance Learning
Office Hours:  

Monday 1:00 P.M. - 3:30 P.M.
Wednesday 10:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
Other by appointment only

Preparing Tomorrow's Teachers to Use Technology (PT3) project in the College of Education at the University of Toledo. http://tipt3.utoledo.edu/

Course Description

This course is designed to provide teachers and technology coordinators with the knowledge and skills necessary to manage and maintain an instructional computer laboratories and services in K-12 public schools/universities.

Topics covered include planning and designing staff professional development program; identifying resources for the school building or for the school district; planning, implementing, and developing and evaluating school technology programs, managing schools technology personnel; maintaining instructional resources; specify technology facility requirements for the school technology programs; budget planning and management procedures for educational computing and technology facilities and resources; planning and developing strategies for resources acquisition and management of technology-based systems including hardware and software; identify procedures related to basic networking and troubleshooting; design and develop policies and procedures concerning staffing, scheduling, and security for managing computer/technology in a variety of instructional and administrative settings; and evaluating school and district technology plan. In addition, the course provides appropriate uses of information technology to support and improve learning, teaching, and administration in PK-12 and teacher education based on the International society for Technology in Education (ISTE) and it meets the National Educational Technology Standards (NETS) for administrators to provide high-quality and timely information, service and materials to improve the effectiveness of teaching while making learning exciting and fun.

Course Objectives
 
After successful completion of this course, the student should be able to:

  1. Develop and implement ethical and legal procedures for maintaining software
  2. Identify and use national, state, and local guidelines to develop curriculum plans for integrating technology into the K-12 classroom
  3. Plan and design staff development programs
  4. Describe and identify resources for staff development
  5. Plan and customize staff development based on differing audiences including school and district decision maker
  6. Identify and use resources that aid in professional growth and development
  7. Define and analyze processes for planning, implementing, and evaluating school technology programs
  8. Describe organizational techniques and procedures for appropriating, circulating, and maintaining instructional resources
  9. Delineate roles and responsibilities of school technology personnel
  10. Specify and illustrate facility requirements for school technology programs
  11. Describe and apply budget planning and management procedures for educational computing and technology facilities and resources
  12. Identify funding sources available at local, state, and national level and collaborate on development of grant proposals
  13. Plan, develop, implement, and evaluate strategies for resource acquisition and management of technology-based systems including hardware and software
  14. Identify, describe and analyze procedures related to basic troubleshooting, preventive maintenance, and procurement of system wide maintenance resources
  15. Describe and maintain current information involving facilities planning issues related to computers and related technologies
  16. Design and develop policies and procedures concerning staffing, scheduling, and security for managing computer/technology in a variety of instructional and administrative settings
  17. Evaluate school and district technology plans
  18. Discuss issues relating to building collaborations, alliances, and partnerships involving educational technology initiatives
  19. Use evaluation findings to recommend modifications in technology implementation

Target Audience
Schoolteachers, administrators, and curriculum and technology specialists; and faculty and staff in higher education institutions.

Course Materials:
Required Text: The following book is required and available at B&N Bookstore Main Campus:

Frazier, M. (2012). The technology coordinator’s handbook, Second Edition (ISBN: 978-1-56484-319-7). International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) publications, Eugene, Oregon.

Recommended
Brody, P.J. (1995). Technology planning and management handbook. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Educational Technology Publications

Additional Resources from Professional Journals

Journals, Readings, Articles and Books and
Web sites in Educational Technology


Distance Education Clearing House  (http://www.uwex.edu/disted/journals.html)
Educational Leadership                                               
Training and Development Journal
Tech Trends                                                                 
Educational Technology
British Journal of Educational Tech.                  
Personnel Journal of Instructional Development    
Technological Horizons in Education                        
Harvard Business Review                                           
Quarterly Review of Distance Education
Educational Media International                                   
School Media Quarterly
Information Technology                                               
Journal of Personalized Instruction
Electronic Learning                                                            
Journal of Computer-Based Instruction
International Journal of Inst’l. Technology                       
Journal of Educational Technology Systems
Journal of Experiential Learning and Simulation

Note: Some journals are available entirely online, others provide links to further information available in print or by subscription.

In addition to studying the required textbook, students are expected to spend considerable amount of time to read the assigned materials and participate in the threaded discussion board.

All class requirements and activities are set upon an individual basis so that maximum instruction can be provided for each student. The student is responsible for budgeting his/her own time and completing class work progressively throughout the term.

Delivery Mode

The course will be taught as a Web-based Distance Learning course. In addition, we will explore applications of other delivery technologies.

Instructional Strategies           

This course combines instructor presentations with thoughtful learner participation. Course activities will consist of reading assignments, question and answer sessions, problem solving exercises, and on-line small and large group discussions.

Course Requirements: Grades will be based upon:

  • Each student must have a flash drive to store your data
  • Class participation is mandatory, as discussions and shared experiences are important parts of the course. The class schedule may change as the course progresses; changes will be posted on the online course website and in Blackboard's asynchronous class discussion site.

Note: ONE unexcused participation will result in the loss of 5 points. If you have an emergency or illness, you are expected to call or e-mail the instructor PRIOR the to assignment due date.

  • Each student is expected to complete all readings and class exercises, as well as two assignments and in-depth contribution to asynchronous threaded discussions.
  • Obtaining and regularly using a computer account with access to the Internet, the WorldWide Web, and UT's Blackboard site is required. UT makes such accounts available for free to its students.
  • To enable individualization of the course to the needs of each student, special arrangements on requirements and assignments may be negotiated in writing with the instructor. Revised assignments typically involve direct, extensive involvement in some project engaged in the design, development, evaluation, or implementation of a distance education experience.
  • Students missing the due date for an assignment must make immediate arrangements with the instructor to fulfill that requirement before the due date.
  • Work on course projects outside of regularly scheduled class (minimum of 5 hrs)
  • Follow the university's guidelines in regard to completion of course requirements. Students who violate university standards will not receive course credit. Any instance of plagiarism will result in a grade of zero for that particular assignment.

Course Evaluation: Grades will be based upon:

  1. Facilitating an online discussions - (30 points)
  2. On-line discussion participation (25 points)
  3. Evaluation of Technology Strategic Plan (25 points). Due Date: June 14, 2013.
  4. Group Project (20 points). Due Date: June 19, 2013.

        Total 100 points

Grading System:           

5000 Level Students           

7000 Level Students

91-100                 A

93-100                 A

90                        A-

92                        A-

89                        B+

91                        B+

82-88                   B

86-90                   B

81                        B-

85                        B-

80                        C+           

84                        C+

75-79                   C            76-83                   C
74                        C-           

75                        C-

73                        D+           

74                        D+

65-72                   D

71-73                   D

64                        D-

71-73                   D

 


Course Assignments

In addition to the criteria presented with the assignments, the following general criteria will be used for grading purposes: 1. All written work must demonstrate appropriate techniques and conventions of scholarly papers. 2. All written work must meet the scholarly standards stated in the APA Publication Manual.

  1. Facilitating an online discussion using Blackboard Threaded Discussions (30 points): In teams of two, you will be asked to facilitate an online discussion on the assigned readings for the week. By Monday of the designated week (or earlier if possible), one of the team members should post three (3) engaging questions that raise key issues identified in the readings. Students will be expected to respond to these questions and participate in an ongoing discussion by 5:00 P.M. on Saturday, which both team members will facilitate. The team members should summarize the discussion and provide a wrap-up synthesis by posting on the threaded discussion board.

    Guidelines: The guidelines for every discussion week are the same. You will be required to post three initial posting (3 questions). Postings must be completed by Saturday at 5:00 P.M. For example, the week of May 20th, your responses to the questions must be posted by Saturday, May 25th.

    Facilitating an On-Line Discussions: (30 pts.)

  2. Participating in online discussions (25 points): Students will be expected to participate in all online threaded discussions and will be graded on the number and quality of contributions made. You will be required to respond at least two responses to the initial postings. Postings must be completed by Saturday at 5:00 P.M. For example, the week of May 20th, your responses to the questions must be posted by Saturday, May 25th.

    Participation On-Line Discussions (25 pts.)

  3. Evaluation of Technology Strategic Plan (25%): Each student will evaluate a technology strategic plan of K-12 Schools, higher education institutions or private cooperation’s. The evaluation should identify the strengths and weaknesses of the technology strategic plan. You may complete this assignment in groups of two or on your own. Due Date: June 14, 2013.

    Evaluation of Technology Strategic Plan (25 pts.)

  4. Group Project (20 pts):  Due Date: June 19, 2013.
  • Guidelines:
    Task: To examine-in depth a particular issue facing the Technology Coordinators or Information Technology (IT) personnel such as Curriculum and Desktop Support, Networking Operations, Administrative Computing, Budgeting and Planning, Staff Development, and Emerging New Technologies.  The group projects can be geared towards K-12 school districts, higher education or private industries (cooperation’s) by:

  • describing the issue and the various positions taken with respect to the issue;
  • constructing an history of how this issue has impacted the field;
  • identifying the contributions of key persons who are and have been identified with the issue;
  • describing the implications of the issue; and
  • forming an opinion on this issue.

    GENERAL PROCESS:
  • Form teams of 4-5 persons interested in a given topic.
  • Identify one critical issue related to the general topic.
  • Research the literature.
  • Your project should include:
  • a bibliography of key references on the topic;
  • a handout for class members summarizing your findings;
  • a visual or video presentation of findings.

    Issues Group Worksheet
  1. Identify group members.
  2. Briefly describe the specific issue that you will address in your project.
  3. Prepare an initial list of the sub-topics that will be addressed. (When doing this consider both the dimensions of your topic and the required elements of the assignment.)
  4. Identify possible sources of information that relate to each sub-topic.
  5. Identify any special resources that you think your group will need.
  6. Construct a project work plan that addresses at least the following:
    1. Identification of key tasks to be completed in the project; (This may include tasks such as various facets of the literature review, deliverables, sharing and group approval of products, and presentation planning.)
    2. Initial assignments for each person;
    3. Time line for completion of project; and a
  7.  Tentative schedule of group meetings
  8. Identify potential problems, if any

In addition to the criteria in the syllabus, the following is due upon completion of the project.

Each group member will write a one-page description of what they and each person in the group did in the project (roles, responsibilities, products produced, etc.). Limit this to one page for the entire group.

Each group member has the option of writing up a one page description of any challenges, difficulties etc. with the group and its members.

These are to be written INDIVIDUALLY and CONFIDENTIALLY.

Course Policies

All University of Toledo policies will be adhered

1. Evaluation: Students must take the course assessments to receive credit for the assessment. If you are ill or have a serious problem that prevents you from participating the online class the day of a test, please contact your instructor prior to the test day. An alternate test date will be scheduled.

• All written assignments must demonstrate appropriate communication skills (e.g., correct spelling, punctuation, and grammar).
• All papers must use the APA style and be computer generated (electronic).
• All assignments must have a cover sheet, which includes the title, student’s name(s) and date.
• Please do not submit your assignments prior to the due date.

Assignments are due on the assigned date (no exceptions).

2. Scholastic dishonesty: Students who violate the University rules on scholastic dishonesty are subject to disciplinary penalties, including the failure of the course and dismissal from the University. All policies on scholastic dishonesty will be enforced.

3. Any student who has a disability that may prevent from or her from fully demonstrating his or her abilities should contact the instructor as soon as possible to discuss accommodations necessary to ensure full participation and facilitate your educational opportunity.

4. Copyright: Some goals and objectives of this course may be met through use of commercial or copyrighted software programs. You are not permitted to copy or duplicate these programs. The unauthorized copying of computer software is in violation of the copyright laws and subject to University disciplinary measures, as well as, criminal prosecution. You are expected to practice responsible, legal and ethical use of all technology hardware and software encountered in this course.

5. I expect all course participants to approach the course in a mature, motivated, and professional manner. A professional approach means to:

  • Complete course assignments with enthusiasm and without complaint.
  • Recognize that learning can only happen when we take an active role.
  • Engage fully in all course activities (assignments, in-class activities, online participation).
  • Ask questions. Respond to the questions of others.
  • Contribute your observations, insights, and opinions.
  • Respect the observations, insights, and opinions of others.
  • Treat information shared in the course with respect, sensitivity, and confidentiality.
  • Strive to excel.



ETPT 6300/8300 WEEKLY SCHEDULE

Date Event
Week 1: May 13

Course Introduction
Sign up for chapter facilitation
Blackboard Login Information for Distance Learning Course

  • Wednesday, May 15, Introduction: questions posted by xxxx xxxxxx
  • Saturday, May 18, Last day to respond to the discussion questions on chapter two by noon.
  • Team member or members should be ready to facilitate the issues discussed on Blackboard.

  • Introduction (1-10): A Position Without a Protocol
                                                              
Week 2: May 20
  • Monday, May 20, Chapter 1: questions posted by xxxx xxxxxxx
  • Saturday, May 25, Last day to respond to the discussion questions on chapter 1 by 5:00 P.M.
  • Team member or members should be ready to facilitate the issues discussed on Blackboard.

Chapter 1: District Organization (11-27)
Essential Questions
Basic Responsibilities
Essential Skills and Qualifications
Sample Job Description
The Technology Coordinator Issues Model
Real-Life Technology Coordinators
Answers to Essential Questions
Resources

  • Team member or members facilitate issues discussed on Blackboard
Week 3: May 27 Monday, May 27, Chapter 2: questions posted by xxxx xxxx xxxx.
Monday, May 27, Chapter 3: questions posted by xxxx xxxx xxxx.
Saturday, June 1, Last day to respond to the discussion questions on chapters 2 and 3 by 5:00 P.M.
Team member or members should be ready to facilitate the issues discussed on Blackboard.
  • Team member or members facilitate issues discussed on Blackboard

  • Chapter 2: Teaching and Learning (29-61)
    Essential Questions
    Selecting Instructional Software
    Software Selection Form
    Tech Leader Profile 1: Instructional Technology Specialist
    Integrating Technology Into the Curriculum
    Digital Citizenship and Internet Safety
    Conducting Research on the Effective Use of Technology
    Interactive Distance and Online Learning
    Web 2.0 and Cloud Computing
    Planning and Implementing a Professional Development Program
    Tech Leader Profile 2: Instructional Technology Coordinator
    Incorporating Web-Based Resources and Instruction
    Answers to Essential Questions
    Resources            

  • Chapter 3: End-User Support (63-89)
    Essential Questions
    User Services
    Help-Desk Support for Hardware and Software
    Tech Leader Profile 3: Director of Technology
    Repair Tickets
    1-to-1 Laptop Initiatives
    Equipment Purchasing, Allocation, and Inventory
    Request for Bid Form
    Tech Leader Profile 4: Executive Director of Technology
    Ergonomics and Furniture Selection
    Security Issues
    Answer to Essential Questions
    Resources
               
  • Team member or members should be ready to facilitate the issues discussed on Blackboard.
Week 4: June 3 Monday, June 3, Chapter 4: questions posted by xxxx xxxx xxxx.
Saturday, June 8, Last day to respond to the discussion questions on chapter 4 by 5:00 P.M.
Team member or members should be ready to facilitate the issues discussed on Blackboard

  • Chapter 4: Network Operations (91-119)
    Essential Questions
    Networking Infrastructure
    Tech Leader Profile 5: Director of Technology
    Wireless Network (WiFi) and Voice over IP (VOIP)Technologies
    User-Account Management
    CIPA Requirements and Legal Issues
    Tech Leader Profile 6: Teacher for Instructional Technology
    Email System Management
    Email Archiving
    Backup Procedures and Disaster Recovery
    Remote Management
    Intranet Management and Website Development
    Answer to Essential Questions
    Resources

  • Team member or members should be ready to facilitate the issues discussed on Blackboard.
Week 5: June 10 Monday, June 10, Chapter 5: questions posted by xxxx xxxxxx
Saturday, June 15, Last day to respond to the discussion questions on chapter 5 by 5:00 P.M.
  • Team member or members should be ready to facilitate the issues discussed on Blackboard

  • Chapter 5: Administrative Computing (121-140)
    Essential Questions
    Tech Leader Profile 7: Director of Curriculum and Technology
    Student Information Systems
    Tech Leader Profile 8: Instructional Instructional Specialist
    Human Resources
    Business Operations
    Document Imaging and Management
    Answer to Essential Questions
    Resources

  • Team member or members should be ready to facilitate the issues discussed on Blackboard.
Week 6: June 17 Monday, June 17, Chapter 5: questions posted by xxxx xxxxxx
Thursday, June 20, Last day to respond to the discussion questions on chapter 5 by noon.
  • Team member or members should be ready to facilitate the issues discussed on Blackboard

  • Chapter 6: Planning and Budgeting (141-170)
    Essential Questions
    Technology Planning
    Tech Leader Profile 9: Head of Educational Technology
    Budgeting
    Evaluation
    Software Licensing and Installation
    Equipment Maintenance and Upgrades
    Equipment Recycling and Disposal
    Meeting IT Staffing Needs
    Grants
    Tech Leader Profile 10: Director of Technology
    E-rate Applications
    Answer to Essential Questions
    Resources

  • Team member or members should be ready to facilitate the issues discussed on Blackboard.
Week 6: June 21

Last Day of classes

Course Wrap-up & Evaluation

  • Have a Pleasant Summer!!

Note: This syllabus is subject to change to accommodate extenuating circumstances.

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