If you have a documented disability that requires accommodation, you must notify the professor in writing during the first week of class.


Course prerequisite : Students must be experienced in basic computer functions including the use of email, the Internet, and word processing


Required text/materials : NETS for Students and NETS for Teachers


Technology, equipment, or skills required : Students must have Internet access.


Course description : NETS Online aligns content and ISTE’s National Educational Technology Standards to assist teachers in integrating technology into K-12 classrooms through participation in and development of project-based learning activities.


Instructional strategies employed : The instructor and mentors will model the five NETS Online Critical Components: Literature Review, Design, Implement, Assess, and Communicate. Students will initially participate in each component as the learner and then transition into developing their own projects through their role as a teacher.


Assessment strategies employed : Assessment will be both formative and summative, woven throughout each Critical Component. Assessment strategies include Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe’s backwards approach to assessment ( Understanding by Design), Reflective Sharing (Critical Friends Model, from Brown University), Journaling, Individual Growth Plans, Rubrics for each Critical Component, and a Videotape of Action Research Project implementation


Laboratory and/or field experience : Participation in: Online “Ask an Expert” discussions; topic-related threaded discussions; class observations; video taping of action research project with online analysis


Attendance policy : Attendance at all classes is critical as each class builds on the experiences from the previous class. Failure to participate in online discussions weekly may result in a lowered grade.



Objectives :

  1. Students will participate as both a student and as a teacher in an action research project.
  2. Students will demonstrate effective technology and curriculum integration through the alignment of the National Educational Technology Standards.
  3. Students will participate in a Project-Based Learning Experience both as a student and a teacher.
  4. Students will demonstrate the benefits of the NETS Online holistic approach to technology and curriculum through the development of the five Critical Components.


Topics/units :

Unit One :

Exploration : ISTE’s NETS for Students, Teachers and Administrators

Activities : Creating a Biography with digital photo inserted for WebCT. Site Scavenger Hunt. Online discussion of the NETS, Netiquette, and the Digital Divide.

Ask the Expert : NETS Leadership Team Members, Dr. Lajeane Thomas


Unit Two:

Exploration : Individual Learning Plan and Project Based Learning

Align with ISTE’s National Educational Technology Standards

Activities : Submit online biographies. Complete technology self-assessment using Profiler (http://pt3.org ). Begin developing Individual Learning Plans (What I want to learn-internal analysis) What I want to do? How am I going to do it? How am I going to measure it? How will I share it?)


Unit Three:

Exploration: Introduction to Research, Scholarship and Opinion

Align with ISTE’s National Educational Technology Standards

Activities: Participate in threaded discussions about the three required readings. Reflective Journal Entries.

Ask the Expert: Submit mentor a question you would like to “ask and expert” on Current Educational Technology Research.


Unit Four:

Exploration: Introduction to Integration Models – WebQuests and NteQ

Align with ISTE’s National Educational Technology Standards

Hands On Activities: Participate in online threaded discussions about the three models

Ask the Expert: Participate in an online discussion with Bernie Dodge.


Unit Five:

Exploration: Action Research Plan

Align with ISTE’s National Educational Technology Standards

Activities: Develop a plan indicating, “What I am going to do?” “How am I going to do it?” and “How will I assess it?” Reflective journal entries.



Unit Six:

Exploration: Introduction to Design Section.

Align with ISTE’s National Educational Technology Standards

Activities: Students begin to develop and share ideas for topics for projects. Discussion groups evolve from topics, subjects and grade levels.

Ask an Expert: Questions submitted for expert on Project Design



Unit Seven:

Exploration: Aligning Project Ideas with Standards. Majority of resources collected.

Align with ISTE’s National Educational Technology Standards

Activities : Project Outline. Reflective Journal Entry. Project Design posted online. Ask critical questions of other students online.

Ask an Expert: Questions submitted



Unit Eight:

Exploration: P roject refinement and Introduction to Implementation. Related Legal Issues. Technology Inventory accessibility. Classroom design. Management of the project within instruction and environment.

Align with ISTE’s National Educational Technology Standards

Activities : Post the final projects to be implemented.

Ask the Expert : Develop questions for ask the expert



Unit Nine:

Exploration : Implementation discussion, initiation and completion.

Align with ISTE’s National Educational Technology Standards

Activities : Reflective Journal Entry

Ask the Expert : Participation in online activity



Unit Ten:

Exploration : Final Results of Action Plan. Reflection: “Here is my plan.” “Here is what I actually did.” “This is how I did it.” “Here is the data I gathered.” “Here are the conclusions I reached.” “Here is what I would do differently.”

Align with ISTE’s National Educational Technology Standards

Activities : Online Poster Session: One picture, one page. Results of Action Research Plan. “Here is what I did, what it accomplished, what it didn't accomplish, and what I would do differently next time.” Celebration. Assessment of NETS Online. Update Individual Growth Plan. Reflective Journal Entry.



Evaluation :

Rubrics will be correlated to each of five areas: Review of Literature; Online Participation; Journaling; Project Development; Project Implementation; Project Evaluation