EDU 0810-620-062: Technology and Instruction

Meeting Days: Sundays Dates: November 4th - January 13th
Time: 1:00 - 4:45pm
Room: Swirbul Library; Room 100 (SCB 227 on December 9th)
Instructor: Whittney Smith, Ed.D.
Phone/email: (516) 237-2650; email:;
Wiki: Blog:
Office Hours: By appointment; 516-237-2650

Course Goals:
  • To Develop a Working Knowledge of Instructional Technology Used in both the General Education and Special Education Setting
  • To Enhance Technical Skills and Knowledge of Web 2.0 Tools
  • To Develop a Database of Educational Resources Available on the Web
  • To Develop Electronic Presentation Skills
  • To Design and Publish a Blog and Wiki

Required Readings and Supplies:

Suggested Reading:
  1. 21st Century Skills: Rethinking How Students Learn
  2. Empowering Students with Technology by Alan November
  3. Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts and Other Powerful Tools for Classrooms by Will Richardson
  4. Personal Learning Networks: Using the Power of Connections to Transform Education by Will Richardson and Rob Mancabelli
  5. A New Culture of Learning: Cultivating the Imagination for a World of Constant Change
  6. Additional Course readings are available here.

For Next Class:

Class Cancelled due to Hurricane Sandy

  • Read Chapters 1 - 4 from Teaching Digital Natives & Blog about them. I will have a blog post for each chapter for you to respond to. Please go to to respond.

    Read the ISTE Standards (NETS-S /NETS-T) see list of readings above.
  • Read the Framework for 21st Century Education (see list above)
  • Read Chapters 5, 6 & 7 in Prensky AND BLOG
  • Complete your Web 2.0 Resources blog post (use and the “nouns” in Chapter 7 of Prensky as starting points) --- Post on your own blog
  • Read Chapters 8 & 9 in Prensky and Blog
  • Work on your Collaborative Lesson Plan / Presentation
  • Continue to develop your blog and wikispace

TBD (Class may be online)

  • Read Chapter 10 in Prensky and Blog
  • Complete your lesson / presentation
  • Continue to develop your blog and wikispace
Have a Great Spring Semester!

Below are a collection of videos that demonstrate the importance of technology today:

Changing Education Paradigms: Sir Ken Robinson

The Dreaded Stairs

Did You Know 4.0

Education Today and Tomorrow

A Vision of Students Today

Digital Students at Analog Schools

Math Class Needs a Makeover

212 Degrees