EDKU 9855: Using Technology to Support Authentic Learning

Recognize the difference between student engagement and authentic learning as you use technology in your classroom.  This course will help you learn how selecting the proper technology can support higher level learning!

Course Overview

Authentic learning supported by technology must put learning first, technology use second. Increased student engagement is often stated by teachers as the number one reason to employ technology. They observe students involved and excited when technology is involved, thus assuming learning is taking place at a faster rate and deeper level when compared to non-tech supported curriculum. Without some form of measurable assessment, increased learning when technology is used remains just an assumption. Technology is now infused at varying levels into most classrooms. Regardless of the technology available and used, stakeholders expect the tools to make a difference in student performance and school accountability.

Guided by the course text, Learning First, Technology Second - The Educator’s Guide to Designing Authentic Lessons, First Edition, by Liz Kolb, discover how digital technology can now measurably support the importance of authentic learning coming first. Click here to watch.

Course Objectives:

Completing assignments will provide students with opportunity to:

  • Recognize the difference between “student engagement” and “authentic learning”
  • Avoid technology tools driving curriculum objectives
  • Develop content learning goals based on learning frameworks and strategies
  • Learn how selecting the proper technology can support higher level learning
  • Create comprehensive measurable lessons that are both engaging and provide authentic learning

Course Relation to CCS or other Professional Standards
ISTE Teacher and Student Standards

CCS, National and State Standards

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Joe Herz

B.S., M.A. in Educational Technology

K-8 General Ed; K-12 Technology 30+ years.

Site and District Tech Coordinator; Technology Program Planner; Conference Presenter; Author.

“My current educational goal is to aid in the development of effective and responsible technology use by all students and innovative technology implementation by teachers.”

Joe’s personal interests include: Music (guitar/drums), his classic VW bus and helping with local animal rescues.