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EDUC 818: Educational Technology Foundations

You will be happy to discover that you do not necessarily need to purchase any textbooks for use in this course, because your course instructor has selected resources that are available online.

How People Learn

The book How People Learn, for example, can be read freely online, or you can purchase a printed copy that ships within 24 hours. You can also purchase a Kindle edition. Created by the National Research Council, the book How People Learn establishes the research base for making decisions about how technology should be used. After reviewing this research in Chapters 1-8, read especially Chapter 9, which deals specifically with educational technology.

National Education Technology Plan

The United States vision for using technology to improve education is articulated in the National Education Technology Plan. Study the plan and come to class prepared to discuss its pros and cons.

Planning and Designing for K-12 Next Generation Learning

From the Educause online library comes this resource about Planning and Designing for K-12 Next Generation Learning.

K-12 Blueprint for Digital Curriculum

Sponsored by Intel Education is this K-12 Blueprint for Digital Curriculum.

Technology Integration Planning

A rich collection of planning resources comes from this Google Scholar search of technology integration planning.

The Science of Learning

Deans for Impact created this executive summary of The Science of Learning to explain the principles that should inform the design of learning environments as well as misconceptions to avoid.

Google's Training Center

Google provides a wide selection of free tutorials covering a wide range of topics at the G Suite Education Training Center. If you are using Google Sites as your Web development toolset, see especially the Google Sites training modules. Google currently has two versions, one called classic (the legacy version), and the other called new. Follow this link for a tutorial on using the new Google Sites.

New Google Sites Help Center

Follow this link to the new Google Sites Help Center.

Computer Accounts

Every University of Delaware student automatically receives an e-mail account. You should visit www.udel.edu/network to manage your password, username, and quotas.

Computer Sites

All students registered in this class have the option of using the multimedia PCs and Macs in the campus computing sites. Use www.it.udel.edu/computingsites to link to the general access site schedule. Please note that the use of the campus computing sites is totally optional in this course. If you have your own computer and Internet connection, you may never need to use the campus computing sites.

E-mail Addresses

Every student in this class must have an e-mail address on the Internet and read e-mail regularly. If you're enrolled in a University of Delaware course, and you do not have an e-mail account yet, go to the help center and follow the e-mail link for detailed instructions on how to activate your e-mail account. If you do not read your UD mail regularly, you should go to www.udel.edu/network and follow the instructions to forward your e-mail to your preferred e-mail address.