Prerequisites

This course is designed for middle school teachers and administrators, preferably with certification.

About this course

Explore the building blocks for designing technology-infused projects for all disciplines, including STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics).  This course will prepare you to design an authentic project you can implement in your classroom, while you learn more about project-based pedagogy and its growing popularity. Investigate how what we know about the learning sciences can improve your students’ educational experience.


This course includes interviews with featured scholars and practitioners: Doctor Linda Curtis-Bey, Professor Chris Dede, Professor Renee Hobbs, Mr. Jay McTighe, Doctor Reshan Richards, and Professor Mia Zamora.

What you'll learn

  • How to use a design-based approach to integrating STEM into your classroom
  • How to relate the learning sciences to classroom teaching with technology
  • How to develop new formative assessment strategies with technology 
  • The importance of establishing a personal learning network for lifelong learning 
Module 1: Our Changing World
This module provides an introduction to our changing world and the educational landscape. Technology has transformed so many aspects of our contemporary lives. How should educators adapt? We explore the need to position teachers as designers of STEM/STEAM learning environments.

Module 2: The Critical Role of Design in Teaching

This module explores the role of design in using technology appropriately. Learning theories are briefly described to provide background for the curricular design process. Emerging approaches to teaching and learning associated with designing curriculum are explored from a STEM/STEAM perspective.

Module 3: Integrating technology for innovating instruction
This module examines technology’s role as a thinking tool in Innovating Instruction. Develop the next steps, including assessment and essential questions, in your STEM project and explore the need for equitable opportunities for STEM/STEAM learning in the classroom.

Module 4: Assessing Student Learning & Embracing Change

This module will continue to address the assessment aspects of project-based learning. We will also discuss the importance of becoming a connected learner by creating your own learning community.

Meet your instructors

Ellen B. Meier
Director and Co-Founder of the Center for Technology and School Change
Columbia University

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