Below is a week-by-week course calendar of topics. Each week you are to peruse the various topics and complete the Weekly Topics Check.

Weekly Topic Checks are due each week by midnight on Sunday

Disclaimer: It is a work under progress. Please check often to ensure no changes have been made.



Focal Points


Introduction of Course &
Rationale for Technology Integration
1. Introduction to the class and its online platform
  • Join & peruse the course wiki, paying particular attention to the Check List of Assignments for due dates
  • Complete & submit the Syllabus Finder's Sheet (see Course Overview & Syllabus wiki page)
  • Take the Technology Pre-Assessment quiz (see link below under Weekly Topic Check)
  • Read, sign, & submit the Tk20 Acknowledgement Form (see info below under Weekly Topic Check)
  • Join the Remind (communication) component of the class (see email and/or Home page of wiki)
2. Rationale for Technology Integration
3. Weekly Topic Check:
(Labor Day; class week begins on Tuesday)

Authentic/Alternative Methodologies & Reflective Learning
1. Authentic Instruction
2. What does a 21st century learner look like?
  • View the video, A Vision of K-12 Students Today, here
3. Reflective Learning
4. Alternative Teaching Methodologies
5. Weekly Topic Check:

Reflective Teaching & Formative Technological Assessment Tools
1. Reflective Teaching
2. Formative/Summative Assessment
3. Formative Technological Assessment Tools
4. Weekly Topic Check:

Copyright & Fair Use assignment due midnight on 9/15/17

Summative (and Formative) Technological Assessment Tools
1. View the Prezi about the differences in formative and summative assessment at
2. Weekly Topic Check:
  • Completion of quizzes linked above

Voki Introductions due 9/27/17, midnight

Technology Integration: Writing
1. Read the Pew research report "The Impact of Digital Tools on Writing and How Writing is Taught in Schools" (only page 1 required though you may want to read the entire research report; it's very informative)
2. Peruse the various writing prompts that center on technology integration at the link below
3. View the "Technology & Its Effects on Writing and Learning" at the link below:
4. Web 2.0 Technology Tools for Writing
5. Weekly Topic Check:
  • Visit the Padlet wall I created at and reply to the prompt posted. Enter the password gottueagles and post your reply. For your convenience, you may want to write your reply in Word and then post it on the Padlet wall. Note: Padlet does limit you as to the number of characters you can use but by pasting your reply from Word you can usually post longer replies. Use this rubric to guide you.
  • Prompt posted on Padlet: After reading the various articles and research reports on the course wiki, what do you think? Is technology and writing integration a worthwhile endeavor? Do the positive attributes outweigh the negative ones? Defend your stance.
  • Be sure when you you post your reply that you include your name.

Technology Integration: Reading
1. View the Slide Share, "Reading & Technology: Make the Connection" at the link below:
2. Read the Educational Leadership article "Five Reasons Readers Need Technology" at the link below:
3. Check out the online games and links for teaching and reinforcing reading skills at Reading, Technology, & Differentiation:
4. Web 2.0 Technology Tools for Reading:
5. Weekly Topic Check
  • Visit the Too Doo page of the Reading Comprehension Web 2.0 wiki at
  • Pay particular attention the True Story of the Three Little Pigs story and then scroll down to the bottom to view the Toon Doo summary of the story
  • Choose a book (one of your favorites or one read online at Storyline Online or StoryNory) and complete a Toon Doo summary of the book.

Technology Integration: Reading Comprehension & Alternative Book Reports
1. Peruse the research study, "Technology Aids Children's Reading Comprehension" at
2. Check out the article "Strategies for Online Reading Comprehension" at
3. Read the blog 5 Great Tools to Improve Students' Reading Comprehension Skills at
4. Look at the "10 Technology Enhanced Alternatives to Book Reports" at
5. Web 2.0 & Alternative Book Reports
6. Weekly Topic Check: After exploring the Web 2.0 tools above, identify at least one you would you like to implement in a classroom. After your identification, share the information listed below on the Web 2.0 & Alternative Book Reports course wiki page here (also found under the Weekly Topic Checks header):
  • Name of Tool
  • Rationale for Tool Choice
  • Just for Fun Example (not required)
(short week: Fall Break on 10/16 & 10/17))

Week Begins**
Technology Integration: Reading in the Content Areas
1. Answer the question: What is reading in the content area? Use the link below.
2. View the Reading in the Content Prezi at the link below.
3. Reading in the Content: Math
4. Reading in the Content: Social Studies
5. Reading in the Content: Science

6. Weekly Topic Check: Think about the question, what is reading in the content area? Create a word cloud, using Wordle or Tagxedo (links above) or another word cloud platform of your choice, that showcases vocabulary words associated with reading in the content area. Post your Word Cloud to the Word Cloud page of course wiki here

Web 2.0 and the English Language Arts Due on 10/20/17
(See assignment sheet on the Web 2.0 & English Language Arts course wiki page)

Technology Integration: Viewing
1. Read the NCTE Viewing: ELA Strand report at
  • Question: What is the difference between "to see" and "to critically view"?
2. Visit the website below, paying particular attention to the Viewing and Visually Representing sections
3. View the Prezi discussing the Viewing & Visually Representing strands at the link below:
4. Read "Technology for the Core-Apps and Tools for the Literacy Curriculum Viewing Strand" at the link below:
5. Web 2.0 tools for Viewing & Visually Representing:
5. Weekly Topic Check: Send an email to Dr. Comer responding to the questions posted in numbers 1-3 above.

Technology Integration: Speaking & Listening
1. Read the "16 Common Core Technology Tools" post on Teach Thought at the link below
2. Read the article, "Have You Heard? Speaking, Listening Standards Make Sense" at the link below:
3. Visit the Pinterest board devoted to speaking and listening at the link below:
4. Take the listening quiz at the link below:
5. Listen to the audio/video at the link below and then take the quiz that follows:
6. See the Prezi on Reflective Listening at the link below:
7. Web 2.0 Tool: Voice Thread at
8. Weekly Topic Check: Vialogue

Technology Integration: Recapping the ELA Strands
1. Writing: Explore the Voice Thread on the writing process at the link below. Leave a minimum of one comment (comment can be written, voice, or video; leave comment on the last slide of the Voice Thread).
2. Reading: In honor of the founding father of the mystery genre, visit the interactive Edgar Allen Poe sites at the links below. As you peruse the site, think about how learning about Poe differs from the traditional format.
3. Speaking: Understanding the speaking strand of the ELA strands. Examine the various ideas for promoting speaking in your classroom at the Slide Share link below.
4. Listening: Examine the goals for listening and teaching active listening at the first link below. Next, listen to the Ted Talk, "Every Kids Needs a Champion" at the second link and complete the $2.00 summary strategy
(Something to think about: What is the difference between an active listener and a passive one?)
5. Viewing: Look at the Power Point discussing the Viewing strand below. Think about what the viewing strand entails and why it is crucial for students to learn critical viewing skills

6. Weeklly Topic Check: Create a JuxtaposeJS slide comparing the traditional method for teaching English language arts with one that embeds technology. Note: JuxtaposeJS allows files that have been saved as JPEGS only. Post Juxtapose example on the JuxtaposeJS course wiki page. JuxtaposeJS link is

Technology Integration: Vocabulary
1. Read the article "10 Ways to Use Technology," at
  • Guiding question: What is an eVoc strategy?
2. Read the article "Teaching Vocabulary" at
  • Guiding question: What are the key components of effective vocabulary instruction?
3. Explore the Teaching Vocabulary with Technology PearlTrees at
  • Guiding question: How beneficial is technology to vocabulary instruction?
4. View the Prezi Using Technology to Enhance Vocabulary at
  • Guiding question: What ideas seem most viable to you?
5. Weekly Topic Check: Create a Blended Space example showcasing vocabulary and technology integration in some manner. Note: You will need to register with Blended Space (it's a TES owned space, as is Wikispaces, so it's free for educators). Use a combination of resources, showcasing a minimum of 6. Post a link, along with your name, to the Blended Space course wiki page. Peruse my example on Web 2.0 tools here

SAMR Alignment Chart due 11/17/17, midnight.
(short week due to Thanksgiving Holiday)

Technology and the English Language Learner
*We will follow the same timetable but will discuss minimal material. More about this topic will be addressed in week 15.

1. Supporting English Language Learners (ELLs) with Technology
2. Read the article below:
3. Web 2.0 and ELLs
4. Weekly Topic Check: There is no concrete topic check this week. I do ask, however, that you think about ELLs and using technology to help them master the ELA strands. Enjoy Thanksgiving!

Assistive Technology, Tablets, iOS Devices, etc.
1. Introduction to Assistive Technology (AT)
2. AT: Tips for Teachers
  • Guiding question: What can classroom teachers do to help their students fully succeed in their use of assistive technology?
3. AT at TN Tech University
4. AT Basics
5. Weekly Topic Check: Focus on English language arts (ELA). Locate one item considered to be AT. Describe how it supports a student who has a weakness in one or more of the ELA strands. Post your description, along with the name of the item, a link with more information about the AT item, and a photo of what it looks like to the Assistive Technology page of the course wiki. Be sure that you identify the ELA strand it helps support.

Tk20 Literacy Framework Paper due 12/1/17, midnight (see assignment sheet)

Technology and Teaching: Recapping

Technology & ELLs
1. Preparing ELLs to be 21st Century Learners
2. Technology Usage with ELLs in the Writing Strand
3. Language Arts & Writing Across the Curriculum
4. "Teaching the English Language Arts with Technology: A Critical Approach and Pedagogical Framework"
5. Weekly Topic Check: Respond to the questions posted in numbers 1-4 in an email to Dr. Comer by 12/8/17, midnight