ED 424a ~ Computers and Educational Technology is offered at the University of Portland’s School of Education.
Instructor:  Peter Pappas



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How did it go? I think this class was a really good experience for newer teachers who are going to be dealing with technology a lot in our future classrooms. There were a lot of things I already knew, and a lot of things I didn’t know at all. I enjoyed experimenting with the different …

EdTech Reflection

How did it go? I think that this class went really well overall. I enjoyed the freedom that we had for all of our assignments; we were given tools to use and then chose how we wanted to use them. We were also able to collaborate with our classmates, which made it easier to figure …


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,  is a University of Portland-based educator, writer and instructional designer exploring frontiers of teaching, jazz, yoga, Macs, film, great books, and garlic.

He also teaches social studies methods at UP, blogs at Copy / Paste and lurks on Twitter @edteck

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