Computers, Technology and Education

Ed 610 Fall 2001 Course Portal

Last update 21 Dec. 01. Feedback to on the links & glitches very welcome.


Communication and Discussion on-line

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Additional Contents

Supplements to syllabus

Handouts prepared after the syllabus is distributed will be posted here (most recent handouts are at the top)

Exercises etc. developed in response to exchanges with students

Communication and Discussion on-line

Notes on the course email lists

Course email list,

On-line advisers

These people are giving their time for free so decide carefully who you choose to consult

Student Projects, present and past

Fall 2001 projects (* indicates DRAFTS ONLY)

Suggestions and feedback welcome.

Spring 2001 projects

Students' "Briefings" from a previous somewhat different course

* indicates linked to course website. Other briefings are on reserve
How to be well led (and not misled) by the WWW*
Establishing internet/ email conversations within a group, such as this class*
On Narrative and Computers*
Guide to choosing/ using software and websites for teaching geography
Computer access for the disabled provides a partial model of how to subvert the ways that other long-standing social biases are becoming built into computer access
Effectiveness of Computer Simulations for Enhancing Constructivistic Learning
Artful Explorations on the WWW
The Exploration of How Constructivist Classroom Teaching and Computer Technology Can Combine to Teach Integrated Science
Computers in the Math Classroom: Are Computers the Answer to Our Problems?
Technology as a Tool in the Classroom
Subaltern Use of the Internet

Suggestions from previous years of additional briefing topics
Simple Tools-Significant Changes? (Spreadsheets, Bibliographic Data Bases, Powerpoint & Presentation Software)
Active analogizing to adapt computer games to teaching (the game of life)
Guide to the Math Forum (website based at Swarthmore College)
Guide to the MIT Media Lab
Robotics at MIT
Multimedia education
Complexity theory and Santa Fe Institute
Fractals and ethnomathematics
Digital diploma mills/ critical analysis of distance learning
Thwarting the middle school gender divide in computer use
Facilitating different learning styles in using the WWW
Guide to choosing/ using software and websites for teaching math./ biology/ science in general/ reading & writing
Using the WWW educationally in unexpected or subversive ways
Research on the development of thinking & learning processes as they are affected by using computers
Filtering to restrict access to certain WWW sites
Graphic design of WWW sites
Converting text into a website (html & loading files onto servers)
Enabling access to the internet/ WWW
Virtues and shortcomings in webpage content and design
Influencing government, corporate, and other administrative bodies in their decisions about WWW development and access
Explaining & illustrating Java and its potential implications
Social controversies about computers
Multiple intelligences and computer use
LOGO programming

Current issues and conflicting viewpoints about computers in education

Online resources for teachers who are students of computers in education

Preparing Tomorrow’s Teachers to Use Technology Resources

"The Power of the Internet for Learning"

"Teacher Preparation StaR Chart

"What Matters Most: Teaching for America’s Future

ISTE The National Educational Technology Standards (NETS)

"National Technology Plan"

"Teachers and Technology: Making the Connection"

National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

National Commission on Teaching & America’s Future

US Department of Education — Teacher Quality

The U.S. Department of Education's Office of Educational Technology (OET)

Project MEET- Mass Empowering Educators with Technology

Browse the Standards & Benchmarks

The Boston Citywide Learning Standards and Curriculum Frameworks

Standards-based programs, student assessments, evaluation and policy studies, strategic planning, and leadership development.

Classroom CONNECT: The k-12 educators Guide to the Internet

Bellingham Public Schools Staff Use of Technology 1999-2000 Self-Evaluation Rubrics


Five Rules for Writing a Great WebQuest

Educational Resources from

TeachersFirst is a rich collection of lessons and web resources for K-12 classroom teachers

Links for teachers to the curriculum ideas/lesson plans/assessment ideas of other teachers

Links for computers-in-education instructors to the curriculum ideas/lesson plans/assessment ideas of other instructors

Access to grades

On-line access to grades is not provided in this course. Instead students are given a check-list sheet to keep track of their own assignments. Students -- to see if you are on track for at least a B+ simply note whether you have submitted 80% of the assignments by the due dates and attended 80% of classes. Consult the rubrics for additional detail.
If you want to explore on-line grade sheets, check out