Teaching Methods: Elementary Technology – med556 (3 credits)

The primary focus of this course is the integration of educational technology, particularly the identification of instructional technology to support student learning in an elementary setting.  Participants explore, evaluate, select, and integrate the most effective forms of technology resources for student achievement. Another emphasis is on the role of the teacher as a technology leader.

This graduate-level course is 6 weeks. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Foundations of Educational Technology

  • Contrast technology and media.
  • Differentiate educational technology and instructional technology.
  • Describe the key components of 21st century learning.

  • Define the issues shaping the use of technology in education.
  • Summarize the copyright and Fair Use laws relevant to education.
  • Identify the national technology standards.

Educational and Instructional Technology

  • Locate technology research tools to foster student learning.
  • Differentiate between teacher centered and learner centered strategies.
  • Apply the ASSURE and TIP models of technology integration.
  • Identify Web 2.0 resources that assist learning.
  • Use educational technology for planning, organizing, and collecting data.
  • Use educational technology for administrative purposes.
  • Determine strategies for supporting special needs students with technology.
  • Determine strategies for supporting ELL with technology.

Teacher as Technology Leader

  • Explain processes to acquire technology appropriate for classroom settings.
  • Determine opportunities to implement technology that influences student achievement.
  • Recommend ways to collaborate for better use of technology.
  • Model ethical behavior in the use of technology.

Technology Integration

  • Incorporate technology across the curriculum.
  • Assess technology for effectiveness, efficiency, and engagement.


  • All objectives apply.

Technology Resources

  • Describe the changing role of the media center.
  • Identify the differences between the one-room computer, a multiple-computer classroom, laptop carts, and computer laboratories.
  • List the advantages and limitations of integrating free and inexpensive materials.
  • Analyze appropriate technology for learning.
  • Determine possible roles for games and simulations in teaching and learning.
  • Determine possible roles for social media in teaching and learning.

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