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


Math and Fun: Not an Oxymoron in a Flipped Classroom

In middle school and high school, I heartily looked forward to science classes each day.  They were a chance to ‘experiment’ – to play, test, follow curiosity – and yet, somehow, through this, learn.  What a radical idea: the combination of natural interest and discovery and education!  But all sarcasm aside, teachers are testing more …

Class 10: Teaching with Data Visualizations

Quite often edtech tools are used by the teacher rather than the students and don’t do much more than make things prettier. Think: Teacher at Smartboard as replacement for the overhead. New digital technologies allows us to “see” information in new ways. Think: Students analyzing text using Wordle Many apps and websites can be a great tool to introduce the research …


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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