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


Students in Spring 2018 designed this iBook “Tech Tips for Teachers. Available free at iTunes. Read more here and view as a pdf.






Students in the Spring 2017 designed this iBook “Lessons in Critical Thinking.” Available free at iTunes. Read more here and view it as a pdf.

See how we fight “fake news” with critical thinking lessons in science, math, literature and media literacy.

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Final EdTech Reflection

Overall, it is my opinion that this course was a great success. One of the foundations listed on the class’s website states that the course “leverages a project/problem-based approach,” while another one says that it “…develops critical evaluation skills for assessing what works.” These were both met spectacularly: the course ran using an effective weekly …

iBook Idea

  My favorite app I learned about in class was padlet, so I will plan on using it for my final IBook project. My partner and I will start with an introduction page, insert an interactive padlet example, discuss using padlet for teachers, discuss padlet for students, give the pros and cons of padlet, and …


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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