EDAD 536 - Leading with Instructional Technology
Summer 2014

"In 2004 when I wrote "The World is Flat", Facebook didn't exist to most people, Twitter was a sound, the cloud was in the sky, 4G was a parking place, Linked In was a prison, applications were what you sent to college, and for most people, and Skype was a typo. This, all in a seven year span. We're not just connected, we're hyper connected." - Thomas Friedman Sept 2011 "Meet the Press"

“The real role of leadership in education … is not and should not be command and control. The real role of leadership is climate control, creating a climate of possibility.” — Ken Robinson from "How to Escape Education's Death Valley"

“If you wanted to create an education environment that was directly opposed to what the brain was good at doing, you probably would design something like a classroom” - Excerpt From: John Medina “Brain Rules"


Instructor: Todd Frimoth

Class Links:

EDAD536 Syllabus

EDAD 536 Blogs

Final Project Proposal


Digital Is

teaching channel





the journal


dig directions


web 2.0

project guttenberg

G Douglas Bundy



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



SESSION 1 - July 21, 2014
Final Project Page Due-EOD Wednesday

BIG IDEA - Course Overview, Introductions, Blog, Ed Tech

  • Sugata Mitra's presentation at TED Conference:


  • 10 minute Blog entry in response to Sugata Mitra's presentation:
    • What's your take on a SOLE? Is it doable in our public school context?
    • Thnk about how you'd begin to create and maintain your school to become an Optimal Learning Environment (OLE`):
      • What should the teacher be doing?
      • What should the students be doing?
      • What does the building look like?
      • What should the principal be doing?
      • What does the technology integration look like?
  • Final Project Discussion
  • Summary of Zhao's "Catching Up or Leading the Way" from Dr. Doug Green
  • Generation M2: Media in the Lives of 8-18 year olds
  • Blog Reflection completed IN CLASS
  • HW - EDAD 536 Pre-Assesssment (for help, go to: Tech Terms) & exploration of TED Talks, Digital Is, and Edutopia (think Final Project)

Session 2 - July 22, 2014 - BIG IDEA: Educational Technology - Part 2

  • Blog Reponse to 3 others
  • Center Court: What is the coolest tech integration I saw/read /heard about this year in my school?
  • SAMR Model: Overview
  • Yong Zhao article: "The Medium in the Message: Educating Generation M"
  • 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?
    • How shall we lead this?


Session 3 - July 23, 2014 - BIG IDEA: The Web Parts 1 & 2

  • Blog Response
  • Center Court - Poor practices integrating technology
  • RSAnimate Video: Dan Pink - "Motivation: The surprising truth about what motivates us"


Session 4 - July 24, 2014 - BIG IDEA: The Power of Video

  • Blog Response
  • Center Court - "Local Visioning" - what would yours be?

    The Power of Video:

    John Medina on Vision from "Brain Rules"

    Other Samples:

    Student-produced Video:

    High School Sample


    Elementary Version:

  • Final Project Preparation

    Session 5 - July 25, 2014 - BIG IDEA: Final Thoughts, Next Steps, Final Presentations

    • Respond to blogs
    • Center Court: What did we forget?

    • Final Presentations
    • Course Evaluation

    "Get on with it!"


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