In this course you’ll focus on how constant data collection and big data analysis have impacted us, exploring the interplay between using your data and protecting it, as well as thinking about what it could do for you in the future. This will be done through a series of paired teaching sections, exploring a specific “Impact of Computing” in your typical day and the “Technologies and Computing Concepts” that enable that impact, all at a K12-appropriate level.
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About the Teaching Impacts of Technology in K-12 Education Specialization
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What will I be able to do upon completing this course?
How does Amazon know what to suggest you buy? In this course you’ll explore how collection and analysis of our personal data impacts our technology use -- including concerns about our data privacy. You’ll explore underlying technical concepts around cybersecurity and machine learning that contribute to both the pros and cons of our personal data use. After successfully completing this course you will be able to:
 Discuss current ways in which personalized data impacts how we “see” things on the internet and ways in which companies are using our data.
 Explain key aspects of web technology responsible for collecting, managing and analyzing our data, including internet design issues (cookies, secure web transfer protocols, DNS, deep and dark web), cryptography (ciphers, hashing, encryption), and machine learning and AI (neural networks, recommender systems, speech recognition).
 Enact pedagogical knowledge in computer science-specific contexts, including retrieval-based learning, learning with simulators, and creating learning objectives. You’ll explore how one might use a “fun” children’s fiction book for teaching computing concepts.
Can this course help me get the California Supplementary Authorization to teach Computer Science?
Yes! This course is designed as component of a Specialization that is 1 of a set of 4 Specializations (all will be offered on Coursera) that will support the requirements of the California Supplementary Authorization. Additionally, the Specialization may support credentialing or authorization in other states. However, most states require a transcript from an accredited institution of higher education. See the FAQ question on “Will I earn university credit” to find out how to get such a transcript.
Will I earn university credit for completing this course?
Yes, you can earn UCSD credit for completing this course, but only by completing the full Teaching Impacts of Technology in K-12 Education Specialization. In addition, you will need to (1) Enroll in an additional UCSD Extension course before completing the capstone ($500) and (2), complete part of the capstone project via an online proctoring service. After this is done, your Specialization course grades will be accumulated and a transcript with your final grade (both letter grade or pass-only supported) will be issued from UCSD with 4 graduate-level units. These are eligible to count towards the California Supplementary Authorization.
What background knowledge is necessary to succeed in this course?
There is no background knowledge, neither in education nor in Computer Science, required to take this course - just an interest in learning computational concepts about the technology that surrounds us and how to best teach those concepts to others.
Basic proficiency in the use of Googledocs will be needed to complete assignments within the course. Google help documentation will be provided, and with some extra attention, first time use of Googledocs should not be a barrier to successful completion of the course.
What is the value of taking this course online?
By providing this course online, our goal is to enable you to master all the material in the course at a pace that is appropriate for you, rather than the typical processes of picking a specific date and measuring how much you can learn by that date of in-person courses. Instead of the relatively bigger chunks of learning work found in traditional courses (e.g. go to class, read the book, do homework, study for the test) this course has a lot of smaller and more diverse activities that guide your learning experience. We use a lot of online features to:
Break learning into smaller chunks
Engage you more in thinking and discussing content with others
Better integrate and more frequently test your knowledge (with a focus on mastery, allowing you to go back and learn what you missed then come test again)
Give you practice in teaching-specific skills you will need as an educator (finding and evaluating online teaching resources, critiquing and modifying lesson plans)
We hope you enjoy and learn a lot!
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