Technology Operations & Concepts Plan
Content Standard 7
Technology Operations and Concepts
Use of technological tools, operations, and concepts to enhance learning,
7.a. Understand the equity, ethical, legal, social, physical, and psychological issues surrounding the use of technology in K-12 schools and apply those principles in practice;
DFN 119 Digital Fundamentals, an introductory course in computer skills is a requirement to complete the Foundation curriculum. Students explore the computer as a tool in support of artist/designer's practice, including software required for the college information system, word processing and creative digital imagery in both pixel and vector based software. Students work with popular software packages, appropriate for design, to gain an understanding of the tools used to create and manipulate digital imagery and to develop a broad understanding of how and why the computer is so prominent in image making today. All Art Education courses require use of technology in research, design, and delivery of assignments. DAE 315 Elementary Art Teaching Methods, Materials, and Content Area Literacy and DAE 405 Secondary Art Teaching Methods, Materials, and Content Area Literacy instruct age-appropriate use of technology.
7.b Successfully complete and reflect upon collaborative online learning experiences;
DFN 119 Digital Fundamentals as mentioned in 7.a is an online course. In addition, all CCS courses are represented on Blackboard, the education portal of record for CCS. Students learn to communicate ideas, concepts, and process with instructors and peers through Blackboard. In DAE 520 Directed Teaching Seminar students use a blog to communicate with faculty and peers while student teaching.
7.c. Demonstrate an understanding of and the ability to create an online learning experience, and demonstrate continued growth in knowledge of technology operations, resource evaluation for quality, objectivity, and reliability and concepts including strategies for teaching and learning in an online environment;
All students use Blackboard to obtain and share course information. All Liberal Arts courses and DAE 200 Education Foundations: History and Philosophy of Education research assignments require searching ERIC and similar web based databases to find information. Students discern between appropriate and inappropriate databases for reliability. In DAE 315 Elementary Art Teaching Methods, Materials, and Content Area Literacy and DAE 405 Secondary Art Teaching Methods, Materials, and Content Area Literacy students create lessons in illustration and graphic design using software applications and computer tools.
7.d. Plan, design, and evaluate effective technology-enhanced learning environments and experiences aligned with Michigan’s Content Standards and Grade Level Content Expectations and Michigan Educational Technology Standards for each student;
As noted in 7.c. DAE 315 & DAE 405 include lesson planning in accordance with the grade level-appropriate State of Michigan content standards for art, reading, and technology.
7e. Implement curriculum plans that include effective technology-enhanced methods and strategies to maximize student learning;
DAE 315, DAE 405, & DAE 510 students write and deliver age-appropriate lesson plans. Delivery of instruction is aided by overhead projection equipment to allow for ease of reading. Field Experience/Practicums include hearing impaired headsets and microphones when needed, interactive SMART Boards are used in many districts and at Henry Ford Academy: School for Creative Studies the on-site charter school.
7.f. Apply technology to facilitate a variety of effective assessment and evaluation strategies; and
In DAE510 Directed Teaching Student teachers are required to use digital record keeping systems as defined by each district. Experience in online processes is gained in all classes at CCS through the Blackboard system. Formal course evaluations are processed online at the end of each semester.
7.g. Use technology to engage in ongoing professional development, practice, productivity, communication, and life-long learning.
In DAE 520 Directed Teaching Seminar student teachers blog with faculty and peers to communicate issues, ask questions, and share ideas while teaching off campus. All CCS students do thumbnail designs, and problem-solve on the computer and many produce illustrations, which they use as teaching tools in the classroom. Students have access to Lynda.com an online software training resource.