EDIT 2000 Technology Integration in 21st Century Classrooms
Room 616
Aderhold Hall

Szu-Yueh Justine Chien
Aderhold Hall – TBA
office hours by appointment

EDIT 2000 focuses on creating teaching and learning environments and activities with the help of technology. The framework I use to design the course is the framework developed by the Partnership for 21st Century Skills.  We will design products for learners in various learning environments through activities with emerging technologies that support communication, collaboration, creativity, innovation, critical thinking, research, and problem solving in the 21st century classroom. The major concept is the emphasis on making critical decisions about technology’s role in the classroom and development of technology-enhanced learning activities.

To teach preservice teachers to use and manage technology in educational settings and to communicate means for using technology in educational settings.

At the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Develop an exploratory, experimental approach to technology with a willingness to try new applications
  • Define various types of learning styles and strategies and explain how technology can support the needs of diverse learners
  • Operate available computer hardware and associated peripherals
  • Evaluate resources for their potential for achieving instructional objectives
  • Plan instruction that incorporates technology in appropriate ways
  • Use technology as a personal productivity tool
  • Recognize various implication for computer use in K-12 schools and other educational settings
  • Reflect on literature related to using technology in educational settings
  • Access, evaluate, and utilize online educational resources
  • Explain and give concrete examples of how all the technologies learned in this class can be used to enhance instruction and personal productivity
  • Create learning activities and products with the following software that will enhance instruction and personal productivity.  For example:

* Word processing software
* Presentation software
* Web development software
* Graphic design software
* Graphic organizer software
* Curriculum-specific software

Participants must comply with all lab procedures and policies as established by the University of Georgia.

We provided 12 Macs and 12 PC.  Choose the system that you are comfortable with. Please pay attention to the followings:

  • When you check in/ out a laptop, make sure you initial in the check-out binder.
  • DO NOT remove any power cords from the cart. If you need power cord for the laptop you checked out, please let the instructor know and you will get one from the power cord bag.
  • If you forget to bring the power cord for your OWN laptop, you need to go to OIT to check out one.  The cords belong to the laptops in the lab CAN NOT be checked out for your own laptop.
  • Use the VELCRO to secure the correct power cord for each laptop in the cart.
  • The data in the laptop WILL NOT be wiped.  Therefore, please respect other users and do not change anything or download personal data.
  • Since the data will not be wiped, it will be nice that you stay with the same one during this semester.  It will also be a good chance for you to learn how to protect your online privacy.  Remember to LOG OUT for the websites you use.

Assigned reading– You can find them in the shared Dropbox folder or in the reflection pages.

Digital camera

Your own laptop (Not required, but if you want to, you are welcome to bring it.  Just remember to charge it before class).

May need access to: USB drive, headphones and microphone  (optional)

You may also need your ideas, your observation skills, writing skills and your voice.  If you need some finger food, you can bring them.  What is the most important is to be enthusiastic!


Throughout the semester we will discuss your progress in the course. This may be achieved through email, office appointments, and during class times. You are welcome to turn in assignments ahead of time for formative feedback. Please note that late work is NOT accepted. You will be given a “late pass” that may be used once or twice for each project during the semester.

You will be given sufficient class time to get started on assignments and ask questions. Just as other classes require you to complete research in the library or listen to language tapes, you may find it necessary to complete your work in a campus computer lab before or after class, or on weekends. Assignments are due at the beginning of class unless otherwise indicated.

Resubmitting work: If you turn in an assignment on time and receive a grade below 80%, you may resubmit the assignment by the next class meeting after the assignment is returned to you. The highest grade you can receive on a resubmitted assignment is an 80%. The final reflection is not eligible for resubmittal.

A: 92-100
B: 83-86
C: 73-76
D: 63-66
F: 59 or lower

Participation and attendance are worth 10% of your overall grade. However, 100% of your grade is affected when you do not attend class nor participate — as it will be difficult, if not impossible, to catch up on missed work. To miss scheduled demonstrations or discussions seriously compromises your learning.

You are permitted to miss TWO classes without penalty.  If you miss THREE classes, the highest grade you can earn for this course is a 90%.  Missing more than three classes may result in a WF for the semester. I do not wish to be in the position of judging whether an absence should be excused or not. If you miss class, for any reason, you will be marked absent and it will count against your participation and attendance grade.

Attendance will be taken during the first 10 minutes of class via a sign-in sheet. You will be counted absent if you sign in for another student. You will be counted absent if you leave class early (unless the entire class is dismissed). The course instructor reserves the right to assign a penalty to the participation and attendance grade for excessive tardiness.

All students will have at least one  opportunity to earn a “late pass”.  Late pass can be used to submit an assignment up to 24 hours after the due date with no penalty.  Each student can use up to 2 late passes for one personal individual project.  You can only use 1 late pass for group projects.  Late passes CAN NOT be used for the final project (the 20% Design Project).  Late passes expire on Thursday, April, 10.

Tuesday, January 7 – First Day of Class
Friday, January 10 – Drop Deadline
Thursday, February 6– Justine in CIDER conference in Virginia
Thursday, Februrary 20– Justine in EERA conference in Florida.
March 10-14 – Spring Break
Thursday, March 20 – Withdrawal Deadline
Thursday, April 24 – Last Day of Class
Monday, May 12 – Grades Due to Registrar

All academic work must meet the standards contained in “A Culture of Honesty.” Each student is responsible to inform themselves about those standards before performing any academic work. The full version of “A Culture of Honesty: Politics and Procedures” detailing UGA’s policies on this matter can be found at:

If you have a disability and would like to request accommodations, please feel free to discuss this with me. All individuals receiving accommodations in the classroom must be registered with Disability Services. Please visit their website at for further information.

The course syllabus is a general plan for the course; deviations announced to the class by the instructor may be necessary.  Thanks!


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