Course Description:
This course is designed to prepare future educators for the classroom they will inherit! It starts with a history of education and how blended, adaptive, and personalized learning are coming to the forefront in learning.  It then explores new and emerging technologies, along with their current and future impact on education. Throughout the course, students will explore a wide range of career possibilities in the education field and evaluate both the promises and pitfalls of technology in education.

Module 1: The History of Education in the U.S.

This module will cover the history of U.S. public school education from the years 1600 to the present day, focusing on the impact that historical events had on the development of schools and educational policy. The module will also cover the introduction of technologies to the classroom and the impact they had on teaching and learning. Finally, the current structure of the government overseeing the public education system will be discussed.

Module 2: The Introduction of Distance Learning

This module will introduce distance education by covering some of its most important features. A brief history of distance learning will be discussed to provide a better understanding of current developments in distance education. The module will also cover what makes distance learning different from face-to-face learning, how the Student Information System and Learning Management System bring distance learning to life, what key components are involved in creating and offering high-quality online learning, as well as the differences found in online learning availability for both the K-12 and higher education system.

Module 3: Blended, Personalized, and Adaptive Learning

In this exciting module, we are going to explore the new and improved ways that educators are attempting to reach their students. Gone are the days of the one-room schoolhouse and the neat rows of children. Technology now allows the classroom to look like whatever you want it to, including your living room. Let’s take a deep dive into three new styles of teaching, Blended Learning, Personalized Learning, and Adaptive Learning. In this module, we will learn about each, its strengths and weaknesses, and how they compare. Maybe you’ll recognize one or two of these styles. If not, it’s time that you did!

Module 4: Augmented and Virtual Reality in Education

With Augmented and Virtual Reality (AR/VR), entirely new educational opportunities are possible. Through this module, students will be engaged in learning about the impact of AR/VR on education with applications such as Astronaut Training, Google Expeditions, and other devices in various professions. They will learn the potential drawbacks and distractions that AR/VR can cause in education along with identifying potential career paths and opportunities.

Module 5: Robots and Artificial Intelligence in Education

In this module, students will look at different ways robots and AI-based systems are being used in education delivery, such as assisting children with disabilities or encouraging technical creativity. A comparison will be made between the benefits and limitations of using robots and artificial intelligence in education. By the end of this module, students will be able to identify career opportunities in education robotics and a pathway to enter this type of career.

Module 6: Wearable Tech in Education

This module presents the various ways in which wearable technology is making its way into the classroom. It will discuss how smartwatches are being used by both teachers and students to enhance learning outcomes. Students will also learn about some of the applications of augmented and virtual reality in education, and how this is enabling more immersive learning. Finally, the module will discuss some of the risks and drawbacks of this technology, including digital distraction and potential for cheating.

Module 7: Careers in Education

In this module about education, we will take a closer look at the role of the teacher. Teachers are at the forefront of education, working hands-on with their students every day. We will learn more about their day-to-day role, as well as the education and certification requirements it takes to become one. Next, we will study administrators, their roles in education, and the education requirements to become one. The third vital role that we will study in this module is that of the counselor. We will look at how each of these roles is important in brick-and-mortar schools, as well as in distance learning. Finally, we will learn about the different ways these roles are important in the K-12 arena, and in higher education.

Module 8: The Future of Education

Many, many things in this world are changing, but the need for education is as strong ever. We’ve taken a look at the history of the education system, at key roles in education, and more. In this module, we will begin by taking a look at brick-and-mortar education, the kind of school we see on TV. We’ll explore how traditional education is changing thanks to the technological revolution—the introduction of new and emerging forms of technology. Next, we’ll take a deep dive into those technological advances, and specifically how technology is advancing education and distance learning. Education is successful when students are exposed to many different learning modalities. In the third section, we will study several different modalities and how they might affect the education of the future. Technology isn’t foolproof. Anyone who’s Wi-Fi has dropped in the middle of a Netflix binge, or who can’t get service to text in a rural area knows this to be true! The same is true for education technology. We’ll discuss the possible risks of relying on technology for our education needs. Lastly, we’ll explore distance learning and its global impact by looking at several countries use of distance learning, and its impact.  

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