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Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

Flexible deadlines

Reset deadlines in accordance to your schedule.

Beginner Level

Approx. 18 hours to complete

Suggested: 4 weeks of study, 3-5 hours/week...


Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course


Week 1

1 hour to complete

Course Orientation

1 hour to complete
2 videos (Total 12 min), 3 readings, 1 quiz
2 videos
This is part of a Specialization5m
3 readings
Are You Wanting UC, San Diego transcript credit?5m
Expectations, Engagement and Assessment Goals5m
Using Googledoc Templates in this Class5m
1 practice exercise
Orientation Quiz - Make Sure you Know the Score7m
4 hours to complete

Technology: Bring Me Some Food!

4 hours to complete
12 videos (Total 38 min), 9 readings, 5 quizzes
12 videos
Your First Interactive Reading11m
Click-Enabled Home Delivery6m
Why These Resources?3m
Check Your Knowledge2s
What is Teacher Powerup?2m
In Your Experience...1s
What is the Shortest Path?2m
Optional: Check Your Knowledge2s
Teaching Tip: Formative Assessment Classroom Techniques3m
Check Your Knowledge2s
9 readings
Personalize Your Learning: Track your technology use10m
Where's my interactive reading grade?3m
Getting Driving Directions: Use Graphs!25m
Payment Integration & Mobile Payments7m
Geolocation with HTML57m
Optional: After Geolocation: Getting Directions with Dijkstra's Shortest Path
Push Notifications10m
Optional Extra Teacher Resources
1 practice exercise
Mastery Quiz25m

Week 2

4 hours to complete

I want my entertainment... NOW!

4 hours to complete
6 videos (Total 10 min), 7 readings, 6 quizzes
6 videos
In Your Experience1s
Benefitting From Learning Together: Peer Review4m
Check Your Knowledge2s
Check Your Knowledge2s
Check Your Knowledge2s
7 readings
In Your Experience: Can you relate?5m
Internet and Data Center Basics12m
You, too, can explain downloading vs streaming5m
Movies, Pictures: Digital vs. Analog12m
So How Does Netflix Work?15m
Compression: How to reduce what goes over the internet16m
Optional Teacher Resources: More on How the Internet Works - Packed in 15 minutes
2 practice exercises
Mastery Quiz: Part 125m
Mastery Quiz: Part 227m

Week 3

3 hours to complete

Impacts of Computing and Pedagogy

3 hours to complete
6 videos (Total 20 min), 4 readings, 3 quizzes
6 videos
Teaching Computing vs Teaching X2m
Check Your Knowledge2s
Brains Aren't Buckets7m
Learning Design Review: What Structures Do We Use To Support Your Learning?6m
Check Your Knowledge2s
4 readings
Are You Addicted to the "Blue Dot"? or How to Fool a GPS20m
Student Expectations and Learning about Impacts of Computing10m
The Importance of Connecting to Pre-existing Knowledge for Teaching Computing10m
Teachers Speak: Constructivist Learning Example10m
1 practice exercise
Pedagogy Mastery Quiz12m

Week 4

2 hours to complete

Lesson Plans

2 hours to complete
4 videos (Total 29 min), 1 reading, 2 quizzes
4 videos
Expert Review: Muddy City Lesson (Part 1)8m
Expert Review: Muddy City Lesson (Part 2)6m
Expert Overview: Muddy City Version 2.06m
1 reading
Up Next: Read and Critique a Lesson Plan10m


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Beth Simon 

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About the Teaching Impacts of Technology in K-12 Education Specialization

2% That’s the estimate of how many high school students in all of California took a Computer Science class in 2015. And yet, computers and data are everywhere. Just consider a typical 24 hours in your life … how many different computer devices do you use? We all live in multiple digital worlds that are changing rapidly with new apps, devices, and data analyses offering a constant stream of innovations and technology integrations for our lives. As it's an integral part of our lives, we’re working towards computer science for all - making it possible for every student, every future member of society, to understand computing and technology. To do so, we need teachers. Teachers prepared to both teach computational concepts and use best practices so kids enjoy and see they can be successful in computer science. This is where you (and this Specialization) come in! In this Specialization you will both learn about the impacts of computing in our world and how to teach these impacts to K-12 students. We offer both the technical knowledge and also the pedagogical approaches for teaching these concepts. Along the way you’ll engage with freely available materials you can use in your own classroom, as well as learn from teachers currently teaching these concepts in their classrooms. In short - in this Specialization we'll teach you the computing concepts you need to know and then help you explore and evaluate lesson plans and resources to prepare you for your classroom....
Teaching Impacts of Technology in K-12 Education

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Once you enroll for a Certificate, you’ll have access to all videos, quizzes, and programming assignments (if applicable). Peer review assignments can only be submitted and reviewed once your session has begun. If you choose to explore the course without purchasing, you may not be able to access certain assignments.

  • When you enroll in the course, you get access to all of the courses in the Specialization, and you earn a certificate when you complete the work. Your electronic Certificate will be added to your Accomplishments page - from there, you can print your Certificate or add it to your LinkedIn profile. If you only want to read and view the course content, you can audit the course for free.

  • In this course you’ll focus exploring how you interact with and benefit from technology in a typical 24 hour period and explore the underlying technical concepts that make this possible. After successfully completing this course you will be able to:

    [1] Reflect on an increased observation of the technology around you

    [2] Describe at least 2 problem-solution sets of challenges that we humans face and explain the technology that responds to them, including geolocation, getting directions (graph representations and paths), crowdsourcing, near field communication, downloading vs streaming, analog vs. digital image representation, Internet performance metrics, and compression algorithms

    [3] Enact pedagogical knowledge in computer science-specific contexts, enabling you to employ constructivist activities useful in teaching impacts of computing, evaluate and contribute to an unplugged computer science lesson plan on graphs

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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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