Date of Award

Summer 5-21-2018

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science in Education (MSEd)

Department

Education and Human Development

First Advisor

Carol Wade

Abstract

Today’s students have grown up in a world where technology is an essential and accessible component of daily life, and it therefore plays an integral role in the modern classroom. Implementing technology into the traditional classroom can be an intimidating task; this curriculum project aims to aid educators in understanding the benefits of using technology, and to simplify its implementation. Desmos and Nearpod are used in this curriculum because they are excellent examples of two user-friendly and adaptable applets that facilitate technology-focused instruction. Each of the two units in this curriculum are designed to assist teachers who use a limited amount of technology in understanding both how these applets function, and how they can be adapted for any content. Each lesson is student-paced, includes authentic problems, and has a variety of activities for the students to interact with their peers or with the applets themselves. Technology-focused instruction provides ineffable opportunities in the classroom, and the goal of this curriculum is to help teachers become more comfortable with technology in order to take advantage of those opportunities.

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