ED 424 ~ Computers and Educational Technology is a spring ’17 pilot course at the University of Portland’s School of Education. This site is supervised by Peter Pappas and his  students.

ED 424 outcomes include:
  1. We prototype, document and share our journey. We leave with a better understanding of a what will become a required course.
  2. Students leave with a showcase of their skills and understandings.
  3. It’s an engaging and productive experience for all of us.

Check out our edtech methods tool kit here

Image credits: Top: Devanath ~ Pixabay and below: Old Writing Machine by Gonzalo Barrientos


Class 14: Working with iBooks Author

Digital technologies have put us in charge of the information we access, store, analyze and share.  Creating an iBook harnesses those motivational factors into an engaging learning experience. The ease of distribution across the world (via iTunes) means students can communicate with a broader, and more authentic audience than just their teacher and class peers. This week …


This pilot course will take a project-based approach to exploring the intersection of good instruction and educational technologies. For more on our approach see Commentary posts.

ED 424 foundations:

  1. Starts with good instructional design.
  2. Supports student differentiation and accessibility for all.
  3. Teaches both effectiveness and efficiency in management and workflow.
  4. Explores the opportunities and challenges of working within placement school’s tech landscape, AUP and student demographics (digital divide).
  5. Fosters student resilience in the face of a dynamic edtech landscape and develops critical evaluation skills for assessing what works.
  6. Leverages a project/problem-based approach.
  7. Provides students with an authentic role in designing and assessing the pilot.

Peter Pappas, the instructor,  also teaches social studies methods at UP,  teaches in the MAT program at University of Alaska Southeast, blogs at Copy / Paste and lurks on Twitter @edteck

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