EDAD 536 - Leading with Instructional Technology
Spring 2011


Instructor: Todd Frimoth

Class Links:

EDAD 536 Blogs
Final Project Proposal

Other Links:



Digitial Wish




the journal


dig directions


web 2.0

project guttenberg

Philosophy & Strategies


Frank Smth

Class Bibliography:

disrupting class

Disrupting Class – How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns by Clayton Christensen


Transforming Schools with Technology by Andrew Zucker

Read Zucker's blog

CLASS ONE (2)- Saturday, January 22, 2011 9:00 AM

Morning BIG IDEA - Course & Blog Introductions

Afternoon BIG IDEA - Educational Technology - The Dream/The Reality

  • What is Ed Tech and why is it important? - Zucker chapter & Discussion (text protocol)
    • What is the potential for EdTech?
    • What are the biggest disappointments?
    • Is it worth the cost? How do you convince a skeptical community?
  • Final Project Think Session:
    • What is the coolest tech integration I saw/read /heard about this year in my school?
  • Blog Reflection on class - What did you learn? What will you do about it?

HW- Bring building or District tech plan (or link) to class

CLASS TWO (3) - Tuesday, Feb 1, 2011 5:30 PM - Final Project Page

BIG IDEA - Ed Tech Tools

CLASS THREE (5) Saturday, February 12, 2011 9:00 AM -

Morning BIG IDEA - The Web & It's Evolution - Final Project Proposal Form due March 5

1. Blog response - "comment" on at least two classmate's blog.

2. Center Court

3. Sugata Mitra on Self-Organizing Systems and the "Hole in the Wall":

Here's Sugata Mitra's follow up session at TED this last Fall:

- Follow up article from BBC

4. Web Tools and Sites

5. Observations on District or Building Tech Plans- See new BSD Tech Plan 2011-2014 Plan- Discussion

Afternoon BIG IDEA - Exploring Web 2.0 & Final Project Work Q/A

6. Web 1.0 vs 2.0

7. Weebly vs Google Sites vs. Wiki Spaces

8. Final Project Q/A and sharing

9. READING IN CLASS: Chapter 2 from “Don’t Make Me Think”, by Steve Krug

Definitions: QuickTime, Firewall, MacOS, MS-DOS, Broadband, Cookies, Widget, FTP

End of day: Blog reflection on class today

HW: Design a simple and/or silly form/questionnaire on Google Docs and post the link on your blog. Here's mine as a sample. Find someone's questionnaire and take it.

CLASS FOUR (6) - TUESDAY, FEB 22, 2011 - CLASS CANCELLED (see below for makeup)

Online make up class using eLuminate Collaboration Software scheduled for:

Monday, Feb 28 7 PM (you will get an email with a link on Monday)

  • Center Court
  • Any new interesting observations at your school with a more focused tech lens?
  • Google Apps/Docs Discussion
  • Tour of eLuminate from Gary
  • Sugata Mitra TED video Chapter 2
  • Final Project Form & Questions
  • Plan for Saturday
  • Pre-read link called Entertainment Education for Saturday
  • Definitions: QuickTime, Firewall, MacOS, MS-DOS, Broadband, Cookies, Widget, FTP
  • Final Questions?
  • Adjourn
To view Monday evening's online Collaboration Session, click HERE!
(You will be asked to identify yourself and provide an email address.)

CLASS FIVE - (8) Saturday, March 5, 2011 - 9:00 AM
Final Project Proposal Form - Due March 5

BIG IDEA - What is Entertainment Education and

1. Read/Respond to Blogs

2. "Center Court"

- Arvind Singhal & Everett Rogers (Preface xi-xii; pages 8-11)

Steve Halliday, Communication Specialist and PhD candidate, author/editor


4. GarageBand: GarageBand - Click on "Get to Know GarageBand" - Tutorial from Apple

5. Work on Final Project

CLASS SIX - (9) Tuesday, March 8, 2011 - 5:30 PM

BIG IDEA - Where do we go from here?

To explore independently:

HW: Final Project Prep

CLASS SEVEN - (10) Tuesday, March 15, 2011 - 5:30 PM

  • Read/Respond to Blogs
  • Final Presentations
  • Final Thoughts
  • Course Evaluation

Post Course "Think Sessions" - Follow up and follow through:

  • "Making School Real" - October 1898 - Check out this 112 year old article that has an eerily familiar theme!
  • Ownership and legality of content
  • Google Earth
  • Video production
  • Audio production
  • Professional organizations
  • Wikis
  • Skype and other Instant Messaging
  • Music/mobile device learning
  • Apps appropriate for Education
  • Graphics programs (iPhoto, GraphicConverter, Photoshop/Illustrator)
  • Web Authoring Tools