IP&T 286 Syllabus

Course Description

The purpose of this course is to help you become familiar with new technologies so that you will not be afraid of trying them out when you’re a teacher.  Technology is becoming an increasingly important part of K-12 education. Your future students will be using new and emerging technologies to learn content and complete assignments. Upon their graduation, your students will need to rely on a completely different set of technologies (than those you grew up with) to succeed as professionals in the workforce. As such, it is your responsibility to not only become acquainted with these emerging technologies by effectively incorporating them into your curriculum, but to prepare them to whole-heartedly embrace future technologies.

Additionally, implementing new technologies in the classroom can:

  • enhance the learning experience,
  • improve learner motivation and engagement,
  • increase accessibility to content, individualize instruction,
  • and improve communication with parents and stakeholders.

4 Learning Outcomes (What we expect you will get out of this class?)

  1. Students will learn to use technology to teach and communicate with students, parents, and other teachers.
  2. Students will efficiently design technology-enhanced lesson plans, activities, and resources.
  3. Students will learn how to stay up-to-date with emerging technologies after their experience with IP&T 286 is over. (Diigo, Badges, PLCs, future students, etc.)
  4. Students will overcome technophobia.  (E.g., If learners enter this course as nervous/anxious techno-phobes, they will leave as confident *tech-ninjas! Learners will be able to confidently bend new technology to their will!)

*A tech-ninja is NOT someone who knows all the answers to everything techy, but someone who feels comfortable looking up answers, which makes them appear to know everything to those are crippled by fear.

My (Unofficial) Goals For You

  1. Learners will be able to confidently & assertively assess, “What current technologies are out there?” and then (like a boss) ask “How we can use them effectively in to reinforce good teaching practices in our classes, and also in our own families, and communities?” and “How can we then share what we’ve learned with others?”
  2. Learners will understand how to more effectively teach the gospel, utilizing emerging technologies. This course is designed to engage both your mind and your heart. Thus, it is important to prepare both intellectually and spiritually each week. Consistent personal prayer, scripture study, and attention to your covenants will provide a great support to your academic studies. While this is not a religion course, what you study here will help you to grow spiritually. When you are prepared, the Holy Spirit can provide guidance and direction that will make a great difference in your life.  Consider counseling with the Lord, “How can what I’m learning in IP&T 286 help me to become the teacher and disciple that Thou wouldst have me be?”

Texts & Materials

Required (access to) Vendor Price (new) Price (used)
Flash Drive or Cloud Storage (E.g., Dropbox is a FREE option)— You are required to have a flash drive or other memory device in order to back up your work in this class. You will be responsible for any lost work. (≥2GB) ≈$6
Webcam — A webcam is required for some of the online discussion video posts. ≈$20
Optional Vendor Price (new) Price (used)
Cameras, mobile devices, and other technologies — These devices are available in the TEC lab in the McKay building.
No Textbook Required — There is no textbook for this class. For our reading assignments, you will be asked to read the material I present in online discussions, and participate actively every week.

My Teaching Philosophy

The purpose of learning is to be able to confidently navigate the world, discern why things matter to you, and what you can do with that data to make the world a better place.  As educators, we are obligated to assist students in this endeavor while going through it ourselves. (See: Situated Learning Theory)

Do not mistake me for an all-knowing-professor or “sage on a stage.” In this course, I will attempt to be your “guide on the side” by helping you discover the process of adopting new technologies that will assist you in the future.  Likewise, this is a skill you ought to teach your future students. (See: Vygotsky’s ZPD Theory)

ISTE Technology Standards

My goals for this course and inspiration for the activities are based in part on the National Educational Technology Standards for Teachers from ISTE. A short description of the standards can be downloaded from ISTE. They also have technology standards that you can use for your students.

Course Policies

Course policies and assignments are subject to change. Like technologies, technology-enhanced instruction is constantly evolving and I might find new amazing things for you to try throughout the semester!  But don’t worry—this is only a one credit class; I won’t overwork you. And I will always give adequate notice of any changes to the policies or calendar.

Important Websites

We use a few different websites for specific purposes in our class. Here they are for reference.

  1. https://canvas.instructure.com/ — Course materials, assignments, grades, online discussion, and important information will be available through our Canvas site.
  2. http://iptedtec.org — If you desire to earn badges along with grades—assignment rubrics, tutorials, and badge requests are found here.

Course Pre-requisites

  1. The Technology and Engineering Education (TEE) 276 course for your major is a PRE-REQUISITE for IP&T 286.
  2. In particular, the Technology Skills Assessment that you complete as part of 276 is a PREREQUISITE for our course. Here’s the link for the TSA: http://education.byu.edu/technology/tsa.html

Participation Policy

You will assign yourself this end-of-semester participation grade. There are three components that will inform your decision:

  1. For face-to-face (f2f) classes, it is expected of you to attend and actively participate in class each week.
  2. Even on weeks that say “Online/Open Lab,” there will be open labs held in class.  You are required to attend these open labs if you are missing any assignments from previous weeks.   If you are on track, you may be excused, but can come if you want.  Remember, all students are welcome contact me or our TA for help any time.
  3. We will have online discussions each week. These are graded and count for a large portion of your final grade.

Weekly “Learn Through Teaching” Quiz

This is the first semester I’m trying this.  Once you have read the new content for the week, there will be a weekly “Learn through Teaching” quiz worth 2-points.  This short-response quiz will ask you to teach someone else what you learned that week, and also what additional insights you gained through teaching someone else.  In doing this, your teaching skills will improve, you will get a deeper understanding of that week’s content, and you will retain the information longer.

  • Monday: New content becomes available on the Monday of each new week. (Assuming you completed the assignment from the previous week.)
  • Wednesday: Ask a question (typical of an interested high school teacher seeking to apply the concepts in their own classroom) in the “reply” section at the bottom of the weekly discussion page.
  • Saturday: ALL assignments are due on Saturday at 11:59pm of that week.

Helpful Vocabulary

The following labels (found on our Canvas class schedule) indicate the different kinds of possible class periods.

  • IN CLASS – On these days come to class in our classroom, ready to participate!
  • ONLINE – Each week you will be required to participate in the online discussions and activities on Canvas. Participating means more than just leaving a comment once—it’s participating in the discussion, typically by commenting and then responding to peers’ comments.
    • OPEN LAB –  During weeks when content will be taught “ONLINE,” Open labs still be held in our classroom during class time. During this time, you can receive help on past or current projects. In addition, you can attend the labs of the other IPT286 sections (held on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday of the same weeks), if that is more convenient. If you are missing assignment, I require that you attend these open labs and work on them with me until you are caught up.
  • WORKSHOPS – These are held in our classroom, on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday during our regular class time (4-5 p.m.) and Friday at 9-10am on special weeks noted on the Calendar. Each “Workshop” will be a 5- minutes period dedicated to teaching a different technology. You must attend at least two workshops, of the approximately 12 offered. These are typically held the last few weeks of the semester.
  • BADGES – We offer virtual badges for each tool you learn in this class.  There is a badge associated with each assignment. If you prove your competency in it, we will award you with a virtual badge to host on a website or in your Mozilla Backpack to show off to your future employers.  Just because you get an A on an assignment, doesn’t mean you’ll automatically earn the badge.  I am notorious for forgetting to award badges when they are earned.  So always let me know if you are interested in specific badges.

Late & Make up Work

Due dates for assignments are listed on the Canvas calendar. A minimum 10% late penalty will be assessed for work submitted after the assignment deadline unless I have previously approved a later deadline due to extenuating circumstances. Work that is submitted over a week late will receive an additional 10% penalty for each week late. No late work is accepted after the final exam date.  If you are ever in doubt, talk with me; I’d love to work with you.

Resubmit Your Work

I do allow revisions of your work because this is the way we master new technologies: We keep trying and retrying! If you turned your fully-completed assignment in on-time, but you didn’t receive the grade you wanted, you may resubmit the assignment until you earn full credit, before the end of the semester.  (If you really want to get on the good side of our TA, resubmit within two weeks of the original due date.)  If you turned it in late, you can resubmit for up to 90% of the total points.

Grading Policies

Basically, there’s only one thing you need to remember to get an A in this course: complete all of the assignment ON TIME.  Assignments are not difficult to accomplish, but they are sometimes easy to forget about.  Remember,  all weekly assignments are due on Saturdays at 11:59pm.  You must honestly complete all the work yourself, but you may share ideas with each other.  If you find that you have been docked points, you can resubmit your work (See “Late & Make up Work.”)  To get a passing grade, you must still complete ALL assignments.

ALL Assignment Criteria are Negotiable

I have selected the most common technologies that I feel you need to learn. However, every assignment is negotiable. If you feel that the assignment does not fit your needs, you may talk with me about substituting it for another assignment BEFORE the assignment is due.


Your grades will always be available for you to view on our Canvas course site. Please check your grades regularly and report any issues you may see.

Grading Scale

A 93-100 B- 80-82 D+ 67-69
A- 90-92 C+ 77-79 D 63-66
B+ 87-89 C 73-76 D- 60-62
B 83-86 C- 70-72 E 59 and lower

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