Educational Technology for Teaching and Learning


Course # 204
3 Credit Hours
Spring, 2018
Dr. Pastore
Bloomsburg University

 Class Web Site:

Course Description:
Educational Technology for Teaching and Learning is an introductory Educational Technology course required for all Elementary and Secondary Education majors.  The course is designed to meet the ISTE National Educational Technology Standards for teachers.  Students will learn to use technology as a tool to improve the teaching and learning processes.  The methodologies and materials used in the course are updated each semester according to current trends, practices, and research in the field of Educational Technology.  In addition, technologies used in the course will be same the technologies that are used and available in the K-12 schools.  Although this is primarily a PC course, students will be exposed to the Macintosh platform.


Sections: Room MCHS 1148
Section 1 T/TH 9:30 - 10:45
Section 2 T/TH 11:00 - 12:15

Class Assignments and the Class Schedule:
Information about class assignments and the class schedule is updated weekly as the course progresses and is NOT included in this syllabus.  YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE for checking the class web page on a weekly basis to learn about future assignments and the class schedule.
If you miss class, I STRONGLY RECOMMEND that you see me about what you missed in class including assignments. I am not responsible for getting the assignments to you if you miss class.


Raymond S. Pastore, Ph.D.
MCHS 1148 Lab (I am in the 1148 lab during office hours)
Lab Office
: 570-389-4236
Department of Teaching and Learning Office: 570-389-4032
Note: I will not respond to email sent to any other email address.


Office Hours:
Mondays 4:30 to 5:30 (ONLINE)

Tuesdays 1:45 to 3:45 In McCormick 1148 Computer Lab
Thursdays 1:45 to 3:45 In McCormick 1148 Computer Lab
ALSO by appointment

I will be in the MCHS 1148 (Computer lab) during office hours.  You are welcome to stop in during office hours, but I have to give first preference to persons who make appointments.  I will be attending several conferences this semester, so you should try to make an appointment if you know that you need to meet with me before a specific date.  Email me at



No book is required as we will be using the web for the latest information.


Assignments and Grading:
You will be given advance notice of points for assignments and tests.  Points will be converted to percentages. 

Your final grade will be based on a PERCENTAGE system as follows:

A         94-100
A-        90-93
B+       88-89
B         85-87
B-        81-84
C+       79-80
C         75-78
C-        71-74
D         68-70
E          67 and below


Getting an "A"
An "A" indicates superior work. You will receive an "A" in this ONLY course if you meet ALL of the following conditions:


Excused and Unexcused Absences
Please visit for definitions and policies of class attendance. An "excused" absence is one that will require documentation. Please note that notes from the student health center is NOT and excused absence.  Missing class to observe in the schools is NOT an "excused absence."  All documentation of excused absences will be collected at the end of the semester.


Class Attendance:
Class attendance and participation are expected.  You will be NOT given points for class attendance HOWEVER, attendance may affect your grade as follows:

If you have unexcused absences for 2 classes in this course, you will NOT receive a grade higher than a "B" even if your points average to a higher grade.

If you have unexcused absences for 3 classes in this course, you will NOT receive a grade higher than a "C" even if your points average to a higher grade.

If you have unexcused absences for 4 or more classes in this course, you will NOT pass the course even if your points average to a higher grade.

The rationale for this is that we will be doing activities in class that cannot always be made up by assignments or tests. In addition, you do not deserve to get the same grade as students who make the effort to come to class.

If you come to class after roll was taken, it is your responsibility to inform me that you were present.  If you miss class, it is your responsibility to obtain class notes and assignments from me. An attendance roll sheet will be circulated during each class after the first week.  It is your responsibility to sign this sheet. You will not receive credit for class attendance unless your name is on your sheet.

Please note that I am not going to be unreasonable about you missing class if there is an emergency, travel problem or if you are participating in a University event but you need to contact me.

Also please note that you will sign a form below (this week) stating that you read and understood the syllabus. If you cannot accept these terms, then you should drop this class and find another instructor.


Class Presentations and Special Classes:
There are periods in this course when students present their technology projects to the class. This is a good time to compare the quality of your work with others and to see how students vary in their design and efforts. Since we generally do not do group projects, the presentations are done on an individual basis.
It is hard to measure the learning value of these sessions but I sincerely believe it is important to compare where your project falls in the spectrum of mediocre to outstanding projects presented by your classmates. Consequently, if you are not ready for a presentation on the day it is due or have an unexcused absence that day, the late assignment policy will apply and you will not receive a grade higher than a "B" even if your points average to a higher grade. In other words, the presentation must be ready when you walk in the door on the day it is due.

If you are unable to do a presentation because you were having technical problems, you must notify me at leas two day in advance so that we could have time to remediate your problems.  I cannot excuse you from doing a scheduled presentation because you had technical difficulties. When you walk into the lab on the day your presentation is due, it must be completely done. You will be given plenty of notice when presentations are due.


Points on Assignments:
Each assignment is worth a certain number of points, however, you will not receive ANY points for an incomplete assignment.  In addition, you will not receive ANY points if you do not obtain at least 70% of the allocated points for the assignment.  The rationale for this policy is that an assignment that is partially completed or that is below the expected average of performance is not useful to you or your future students.


Start of Class:
I do not start the class, YOU start the class.  Class officially begins when YOU walk into the lab.  You should login to your computer and begin to work on your assignments.  At the beginning of most classes, I usually circulate through the lab and see if there are any questions or if anyone needs help.  In classes where there is large group instruction, I will notify you when it is time to meet in the front of the lab.  Large group instruction may begin at any time from the beginning of the class toward the end of the class.


End of Class:
You are expected to remain in the lab until I dismiss the class or dismiss you.  If you completed your assignment and would like to leave, you should check with me and I will proof your assignment.


When Assignments are Due:
On the day that assignments are due, they must be complete before you walk into the lab.


Late Assignment Policy:
Late assignment will lose 25% of the points. I do not accept late assignments beyond the next class when the assignment was due unless you had an excused absence as defined above or made arrangements with me to turn the assignment in late.  If you have an excused absence and the assignment is due, then it is due the next class.  On days when assignments are due, they are due when you walk into the lab.  You are not permitted to work on assignments in class on the day that assignments are due unless I notify you that you can do this ahead of time.
Also, please note that an email sent to me the day that the assignment is due is not considered contacting me BEFORE the assignment is due. You must notify me with adequate time to respond to your email or set up an appointment if you need help or do not understand the assignment. In the past, some students have come to class when an assignment was due and turned in the assignment at the end of class after they worked on it during class. Please note that this will be considered a late assignment unless you received permission from me to do this.


Emailing of Assignments:
Due to time constraints and potential technical problems, I do not accept any assignments through email.


Resubmitting of Work
Generally I will accept resubmitted work if the work was completely
finished but needed some corrections. I will not accept resubmitted work if the work was incomplete when due.


Class Time for Completion of Assignments
Although there is no standard agreement as to the number of hours you should spend outside of class on each course, a common thought is that you should be prepared to spend between 2 and 3 hours of studying each week for EACH credit. Translated, that would mean between 6 and 9 hours of outside class time for a 3 credit course. Many students in this course believe that class time should be allocated for completing assignments IN CLASS! So you don't have any misinterpretation about this, please understand that the priority of class time is for instruction and guidance in completing the goals of this course. You will NOT have enough class time to complete all projects, therefore, you need to plan accordingly! You will be able to download any software that we use in this course at no cost. Some of the software may be a 30-day free trial.


Digital Device Policy (This includes lab and personal computers, cell phones, laptops, tablet computers and any other digital devices)
Class-time is not a time to use social media or read or send emails or texts. If you must monitor your phone or email during class due to a personal situation or emergency, let me know before class. When you come to the front of the lab for instruction or presentations, leave all digital devices behind and do not sit at the computers. When you are at the computers at any time, put your cell phones away.

Digital Addiction Definition: Behaviors that define Internet addiction, according to the Center for Internet Addiction, include compulsive use, a preoccupation with being online, lying or hiding the extent or nature of the Internet use, and an inability to control or curb it.


Quality of Your Work
As a future teacher, you will be expected to bring the latest research methodologies and technologies to your student teaching experience and ultimately, your first job experience.  You will not gain all of the technical knowledge that you need to know from this course; however, you will become aware of some of the high expectations of today's schools. Many of our Bloomsburg teachers are sought after as high quality teacher candidates and a significant portion of our teachers eventually become leaders in the schools.  You will be expected to put no less than 100% effort into the work of this course.  Consequently, I reserve the right to reject any work including units, web pages, and presentations that signifies minimal effort and does not reflect the high quality expected in our graduates. 


Feedback on Your Work:
I correct most of your work at the midterm and end of the semester because this is when most assignments are due.  In some instances, I may correct your work at other times during the semester.  I STRONGLY suggest that you get feedback from me BEFORE an assignment is due.  If you are wondering about your grade status or an evaluation of a particular assignment, then you should see me to schedule a time to meet. I also STRONGLY suggest that you meet with me once your projects are completed and before they are due. In this case, you will receive immediate feedback on your projects and will be able to make any corrections on your work.


Grade Status
If you want to know the status of your course grade or grades at ANY point in the course, please check BOLT.


Academic Integrity:
On past occasions, students have copied materials from other students (i.e. web site resources) and have had other persons work on their projects outside of class.  In addition, students have used unauthorized aids during written tests.  Persons suspected of plagiarism will be asked to demonstrate the work through written and/or verbal assessment by the instructor.  Any student caught engaging in cheating or plagiarism will be subject to sanctions described in the Academic Integrity Policy found at that can include failure of the course.


University Students with Disabilities:
If you have an identified disability that may affect your performance in this class, you should schedule an appointment with me to present your disclosure form from the Office of Accommodative Services so that reasonable adjustments/provisions may be discussed to insure that you will have an equal opportunity to meet all the requirements of this course.

Our University provides reasonable accommodations to students who have documented disabilities. If you have a documented disability that requires academic accommodations and are not registered with the Accommodative Services Office, please contact the Office of Accommodative Services for Students with Disabilities at 570-389-4529 in the Warren Student Services Center, Room 043 as soon as possible to establish your eligibility.


Class Cancellations by the Instructor:
In the event that I may have to cancel a class due to an emergency, I will post a message on the class web site.   You may have an alternate assignment posted on the web if a scheduled class is canceled.


Web Classes:
During the course, you MAY have a number of "web classes" posted on the class web site.  This does not mean that class is canceled.  It means that class activities and assignments are posted on the web.  You should complete these assignments as they are posted.  Do not wait until the last minute.  Remember that web classes take the place of class meetings and are given in addition to homework assignments. GROUPS OF INDIVIDUALS WHO COMPLETE THESE WEB CLASSES TOGETHER ARE PLAGIARIZING.  The web classes are intended to give individualized instruction.  Please note that some of the web classes may be posted during class cancellations due to weather or other unexpected emergencies.


About the Use of Technology in Dr. Pastore's Educational Computing Course:
In order to avoid misconceptions about the role of technology in this course, you need to be aware of basic assumptions made by this instructor:


Back-up & Saving Files:
ND ALWAYS MAKE BACK-UP COPIES OF YOUR WORK ON A CLOUD OR ON A DIGITAL DEVICE! I cannot accept the excuse that you lost your files.  Please make back-ups.  Assume that you will lose files; therefore, you must have a back-up.


Proof of Work:
I reserve the right to ask you to provide any digital data that you created to complete assignments in this course.


1148 Lab Hours:
This will vary and I will inform you in class.


College of Education Conceptual Framework: Values, Professional Dispositions and Beliefs

The mission of Bloomsburg University’s College of Education is to prepare ethical educational professionals who are empowered to assess the development and facilitate the growth of all learners to succeed and lead in our diverse and technologically complex world; and to serve as a resource to the region. Faculty believe that effective educational professionals apply their knowledge, skills and dispositions to: 1) plan coherent practice and pedagogy, 2) create inclusive environments conducive to optimal learning, 3) ensure effective instruction and assessment and 4) exhibit professionalism.

Key components of the Conceptual Framework are the Values, Professional Dispositions and Beliefs. The Values that are central to the mission of the Unit include the commitment to: 1) uphold professional and ethical standards, 2) embrace diversity, 3) engage in collaborative endeavors, 4) reflect and problem-solve and 5) value life-long learning.  Professional Dispositions are exhibited by the demonstration of professional attitudes, values and beliefs through both verbal and non-verbal behaviors as educators interact with students, families, colleagues and communities. These positive behaviors support student learning and development. Additionally, candidates will develop and demonstrate a broad range of professional competencies identified within the Beliefs of the Unit.  Information may also be obtained regarding the Unit’s Conceptual Framework at


Course Objectives:





1.  Apply the basic fundamentals of Educational Technology hardware and software to school settings.

1a, 4e

2.5, 5.2

1.a, 2.b, 4.c

2.  Be able to use technology in a variety of educational settings.

3g, 4g

1.4, 2.2 4.1

1.d, 2.b, 3.d

3.  Use graphics software to design, display and print images with a computer.

3g, 4g

3.2, 4.1, 5.2

1.b, 2.d, 3.d, 4.a, 5.b

4.  Develop classroom projects that utilize applications of technology. 

3e, 4a

4.1, 5.2

1.b, 2.d, 3.d, 4.a, 5.b

5.  Integrate text and graphics into a desktop publishing framework.

2a, 4f

4.1, 5.2

1.b, 2.d, 3.d, 4.a, 5.b

6.  Identify the various types of technologies currently on the educational market.

2f, 3g, 4g

4.1, 5.2

1.b, 2.d, 3.d, 4.a, 5.b

7.  Use multimedia as a presentation tool.

2f, 3g, 4g

4.1, 5.2

1.b, 2.d, 3.d, 4.a, 5.b

8.  Use multimedia to create interactive lessons for students.

2a, 3g, 4g

4.1, 5.2

1.b, 2.d, 3.d, 4.a, 5.b

9.  Access, download, and assess information from a variety of resources located on Internet.

1e, 3g, 4g

4.1, 5.2

1.b, 2.d, 3.d, 4.a, 5.b

10.  Construct and maintain a web site.

1a, 3a, 3g, 4g

4.1, 5.2

1.b, 2.d, 3.d, 4.a, 5.b

11.  List the National Education Technology Standards.



1.a, 1.b, 2.a, 3.a, 3.d, 4.c

12.  Identify and analyze the issues associated with the use of technologies in the schools including access, safety, and copyright.

1a, 4g

1.2, 1.3,

2.c, 3.c,

13.  Identify and use technologies for special needs students.

2e, 3g, 4g


3.d, 4.b, 5.b,

14. Identify the ethical and legal Issues associated with professionals using technology.

1e, 2g, 4a

3.3, 4.2

3.c, 4.d,5.b,

15.  Identify and use technologies that meet the needs of diverse population.

2a, 2d, 3g, 4g

4.1, 5.1

1.b, 2.d, 3.d, 4.a, 5.b

16.  Use technology to help students in the job hunting process by creating cover letters, résumés, and various types of portfolios.

3g, 4g

2.3, 3.3

1.b, 2.d, 3.d, 4.a, 5.b

17.  Create, use, and apply digital still video and digital movies in the classroom.

3g, 4g

4.1, 5.2

1.b, 2.d, 3.d, 4.a, 5.b

18.  Integrate the Internet into the classroom through the creation of WebQuests, web site evaluation tools, virtual field trips, and the appropriate use of search engines and online tools.

3g, 4g

4.1, 5.2

1.b, 2.d, 3.d, 4.a, 5.b



Your responsibility...

         Decide whether you want to become the best teacher that you can possibly be...

         Come to class

         Do all assignments to the best of your ability

         Visit the web site on a weekly basis and read all assignments in detail

         Participate in class


My responsibility...

         INTRODUCE you to the process, knowledge, and skills necessary to use technology in the schools

         Provide you with the leadership and help to be successful in this course

         Stimulate your creative thinking about teaching and give you a positive vision of the teaching future




Come to classes. Do not come to the classes.
Do all of the assignments.
Submit assignments on time.
Be sure that assignments are fully completed.
Be sure that you follow the requirements for assignments.
Do some of the assignments.
Submit some assignments late.
Submit incomplete assignments.
Do not follow all of the requirements for assignments.
Visit and read the information on the class web site often. Do not visit or read the information on the class web site.
Develop and maintain a positive attitude about this class. Develop and maintain a negative attitude about this class.
Have me review your assignments before they are due. Do not have me review your assignments before you turn then in for evaluation.
Ask for help. Do not ask for help.


About Getting Help
I am a teacher, and my job is to help you succeed in this course.  I ALWAYS walk around during class and ask students if they need help.   If you need help, PLEASE ASK.    I promise that I will not degrade you, berate you, or make you think that you should have known the information. I cannot read your mind or always determine if you need help.   Please do not hesitate to ask.  If you need more help than I can give in class, you must be willing to make an appointment with me.  Please be patient during class if I am helping other students. 


Some Final Advice
This is an INTRODUCTORY course. You will NOT learn everything there is to know about using technology in the schools.  You will be introduced to a number of technologies, but in order to really learn them, you must continue to use and apply technology after this course ends. 

Relax, have fun, and enjoy the course.  You should not worry about the work load or technologies in this course because you will progress through these areas one-step at a time.  Keep up with the work and come to class.  Remember that you are here to prepare for the future!  I will be happy to meet with you if you have apprehensions about succeeding in this course.

You will be given a copy of the form below to sign on the first day of class.  You will be asked to sign this form.   If you don’t understand this syllabus, please ask questions or meet with me before signing. 



Course Name:

Course Meeting Time(s) and Day(s):


Your Name (printed):

Name (signature):



Phone (Campus):



Number of credits earned not counting this semester:

Career Goal:

My expectations or what I would like to learn in this course:



Please check ONE of the areas below:

____ I have read the syllabus, and understand the course requirements.


____ I would like to meet with you to discuss the syllabus.


Return to Educational Technology for Teaching and Learning

©Raymond S. Pastore, Ph.D.
Professor of Education
Department of Teaching and Learning

1109/1148 McCormick Center
Bloomsburg University
Bloomsburg, PA 17815-1301
Lab Office: 570-389-4236
Department Office: 570-389-4032