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EDU 280: Technology Standards for Teachers (3 Credits)

Course Description

Provides K - 12 classroom teachers with the knowledge and skills needed to fulfill the Commonwealth of Virginia's Technology Standards for Instructional Personnel. Certification is dependent on the supervisor's or employer's approval.

General Course Purpose

The purpose of this course is to enhance instruction and prepare teachers to create engaging learning environments using technology and media. Activities are designed to fulfill the Commonwealth of Virginia's Technology Standards for Instructional Personnel and the National Educational Technology Standards for Teachers.

Course Prerequisites/Co-requisites

Pre-requisite of ITE 115 or instruction approval. Students must have basic knowledge about the operation of a computer, file management, and software installation and management of browser plug-ins. Additionally, students must be proficient in launching applications; managing program windows; finding, copying, moving, saving, deleting and uploading files; and using Microsoft Office applications including MS Word, MS PowerPoint, and MS Excel.


Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate proficiency in the Commonwealth of Virginia's Technology Standards for Instructional Personnel and the National Education Technology Standards and Performance Indicators for Teachers (NETS-T).
  • Use the ASSURE model to systematically plan for the effective use of technology and media in the teaching and learning environment.
  • Explain why instructors should be aware of copyright laws, Fair Use guidelines, and the TEACH Act when incorporating multimedia resources in the teaching and learning environment.

In this course, the following VCCS General Education Outcomes are supported:

1.2 Assimilate, organize, develop, and present and idea formally and informally

2.2 Recognize parallels, assumptions, or presuppositions in any given source of information.

4.4 Use information effectively, individually or as a member of a group, to accomplish a specific purpose.

4.5 Understand many of the economic, legal, and social issues surrounding the use of information and access and use information ethically and legally.

Major Course Content Topics

  • 21st Century Learners and 21st Century Learning Environments
  • Commonwealth of Virginia's Technology standards for Teachers (NETS-T) and Students (NETS-S)
  • Emerging Technologies in Education
  • Selecting Technology and Media to Enhance Learning
  • Copyright Laws, Fair Use guidelines, and the TEACH Act
  • Distance Learning
  • Safety & Security Issues, Ethics and Safeguards


The table included below lists the assignments, activities, and assessments for this course.

Unit Assignments Points
1 1.1 Distance Learning Orientation 0
1.2 Syllabus Quiz 10
1.3 Introductions 50
1.4 The Importance of Technology in the Classroom 50
2 2.1 Technology Standards Essay 100
3 3.1 Explore Web 2.0 Resources 90
3.2 Share Your Web 2.0 Presentation 10
3.3 Create a Google Site 35
4 4.1 Lesson Planning With Technology Quiz 30
4.2 Careful Lesson Planning 50
5 5.1 Cooperative Learning Lesson Plan 100
5.2 Reflect on Your Lesson 20
5.3 Add Revised Cooperative Learning Lesson Plan to e-Portfolio 0
  Midterm 100
6 6.1 Creating Visuals to Supplement a Lesson 100
6.2 Add Revised PowerPoint Presentation to e-Portfolio 0
7 7.1 Learning with Audio 75
7.2 Add Revised Recording to e-Portfolio 0
8 8.1 Learning with Video Reflection 25
8.2 Enhancing Learning with Video 50
8.3 Share Your Slidecast 25
8.4 Add Revised Slidecast to e-Portfolio 0
9 9.1 Virtual Field Trip Lesson Plan 100
9.2 Key Concerns Regarding Copyright 50
9.3 Add Revised Virtual Field Trip to e-Portfolio 0
10 10.1 Addressing Challenging Topics 30
10.2 Course Reflection 100
10.3 Complete Your e-Portfolio 50
  Final Exam 100
  Total 1350

Your final grade will be based on the following scale:

Grade Points Percent
A 1210-1350 90-100
B 1074-1209 80-89
C 939-1073 70-79
D 804-938 60-69
F 0-803 0-59

NOTE: You will be required to take two proctored exams (a midterm exam and a final exam) in this course. You must achieve a passing grade on each of these exams in order to pass this course, regardless of how well you do on the other assignments.

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Last Updated: December 4, 2012