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.



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I had a great time being in this course. Looking back at my first post, I notice that I mention “closing the digital divide” as one of the main things that I’d like to see done. I think after taking this class, I will be a lot more comfortable in how I approach that divide. …


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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