Diane L. Judd, Ph. D.
Early Childhood & Reading
College of Education
Valdosta State University
INTEGRATING MATHEMATICS, SCIENCE, AND TECHNOLOGY
IN THE EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION
ECED 7430

VALDOSTA STATE UNIVERSITY
COLLEGE OF EDUCATION
EARLY CHILDHOOD & READING EDUCATION DEPT.
3 SEMESTER HOURS
SUMMER 2002

REQUIRED TEXT

Papert, S. (1993). The children's machine: Rethinking school in the age of the computer.  New York: HarperCollins.
 

COURSE DESCRIPTION

ECED 7430 explores the integration of curriculum in mathematics, science, and technology.  Special emphasis is placed on the utilization of inquiry methods for enhancing children's ability to analyze, to evaluate, and to make inferences form oral, written, and visual materials.  Methodology for developing the skills of problem-solving, decision-making, and critical and creative thinking is explored.  The use of computer technology to enhance the mathematics, science, and technology curriculum will be included.  The student will plan and implement curricular improvement based on theory and practice examined within the course.
 

COLLEGE OF EDUCATION CONCEPTUAL FRAMEWORK PRINCIPLES

The following College of Education Conceptual Framework Principles will be addressed in this course.

#2 Graduates are capable of excellence in their professional practice.

a. Apply theoretical and research knowledge to practice in early childhood settings (their own classrooms or other field assignments).  For example, applications of theory to practice may be demonstrated during field study projects, action research, curriculum projects, or observed clinical practice.


# 3 Graduates think systematically about their practice, use research, and contribute to the knowledge base.

a. Extend and develop knowledge and understanding of theories and content of curriculum and instruction and alternative models and methodology.

b. Critically examine alternative perspectives regarding central issues in the field (for example, child development, programs for young children and their families, research priorities, or implications for teacher education and staff development.)

c. Collect and interpret research, translate research finding into practice, demonstrate personal research skills, and implement applied research.


COURSE OBJECTIVES

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

1. Search literature and technology sites for innovative means to integrate mathematics, science, and technology into the early childhood curriculum emphasizing inquiry, problem solving, and critical thinking.
(CFP 2, 3)

2. Select and model exemplary activities for young children that integrate mathematics, science, and technology. (CFP 2, 3)

3. Review early childhood curriculum guides and devise a plan for integrating mathematics, science, and technology into the curriculum. (CFP 2, 3)
 
 

COURSE PROJECTS, ACTIVITIES AND POINT DISTRIBUTION

Course Points
COURSE PROJECTS & ACTIVITIES
100 Points
The Why & How Presentation of Integrating Technology into Your Curriculum: The Grounded Theory of Integrating Educational Technology (Research Project & Presentation) (CFP 2, 3) (CO 1)
100 Points Children & Computers: Papert PowerPoint Presentation (Research Project & Presentation) (CFP 2, 3) (CO 1)
100 Points Your Class Web Page (Class informational Web Page) (CFP 2, 3) (CO 2)
100 Points In-Class Activities During the Semester (CFP 2, 3) (CO 3)
300 Points TopicQuest Web Page  (This is an example of a technology plan to integrate mathematics, science, and technology into your curriculum.)  (CFP 2, 3) (CO 2)

 
 

Please Note:
*The course "Bulletin Board" provide due dates and detailed description for assignments and activities.

DUE DATES OF ASSIGNMENTS
All assignments are to be submitted on time on due dates.  A 25% maximum will be subtracted from grade per week for past due assignments.

MATERIALS NEEDED
*At least 10 formatted new disks with disk holder.  Be sure you have each disk labeled with your name.

*Course Notebook (3 ring notebook) with divided sections of how-to directions, mathematic, science, and technology standards, copies of your Web activities and projects.

ATTENDANCE POLICY
“The University expects that all students shall attend all regularly scheduled class meetings held for instruction or examination…. A student who misses more than 20% of the scheduled classes of a course will be subject to receiving a failing grade in the course."  (VSU 1999-2000 Undergraduate Bulletin, p.85)

CHECK SPELLING AND GRAMMAR ON PAPERS AND WEB PAGES
Spelling and grammar count, points will be deducted for incorrect usage.  Don't forget to run Spell Check on all your writings and web sites.

INSTRUCTOR INFORMATION
Dr. Diane L. Judd
Office: Education Center 139
Phone: 229-333-5630
djudd@valdosta.edu

GRADE POLICY
100-90    = A
 80-89     = B
 79-70     = C
 69-65     = D
Below 65 =F

SPECIAL NEEDS STATEMENT
Students requiring classroom accommodations or modifications because of a documented disability should discuss this need with the instructor at the beginning of the semester. Students not registered with the Special Services Program should contact personnel in the Special Services Office in Nevins Hall at 229-333-2498.


 
 

"Resources For Teaching and Learning"
Integrating Technology into the Curriculum


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