Discussion Topics

General Information:

Discussion topics will be posted in the FSW Canvas program - access Canvas by clicking on your course in the Portal and logging in again, if requested.

Students will write a minimum of 200 word post to address each topic. Be sure to write using academic writing with supportive material to address the topic and cite any references. Students will also respond to at least two classmates to create further discussion on the topic. Comments are not to provide "accolades" rather to extend the discussion and add commentary to the understanding of the topic.

Message Board netiquette:

^ Read completely and with focus before posting or commenting to be sure you understand the expectations and/or posted information. This includes reading the original topic prompt.
^ When posting a message (also called a thread), use the subject line to accurately describe your topic.
^ Write clearly when composing your post.
  • Use formal academic writing and not informal online conversational tones and writing
  • Be sure to check spelling and grammar before submitting. It is recommended to first prepare your text in a word processing program for review and then copy & paste into the message/discussion board.
  • Avoid using abbreviations and emoticons as they are not always universally understood
  • Use mixed case when typing - UPPER CASE is considered rude and is difficult to read, while using only lower case is not appropriate academic writing.
^ Think before you post!
  • Avoid reacting emotionally to a post
  • Be extra polite and sensitive to others
  • Respond to a posting with which you disagree in an objective, respectful manner. Do not make personal or insulting remarks.

Discussion Topic Assignments:


1) Introductory Biography
Initial post due Wed, Sep 2nd midnight
Comment/Response post due Thu, Sep 3rd 5:59pm
  • Write a post using the guidelines above to introduce yourself (your name, any background information, career goal, experiences with technologies and/or in the classroom)
  • Include in the post a statement or two about your current philosophy of teaching/learning (beliefs, approaches, values)
  • Add a photograph of yourself or something that represents you
  • To complete this assignment, be sure to respond to one or more of your classmates' post as indicated above.

2) Educational Technology Best Practices/Resources
Initial post due Wed, Sep 9th midnight
Comment/Response post due Thu, Sep 10th 5:59pm
  • Though we have just started considering some of educational technology best practices and resources, there are topics discussed in the book, as well as relevant links. In addition, there are applicable resources to explore:

3) Assistive/Adaptive Technology for Students
Initial post due Wed, Oct 14th midnight
Comment/Response post due Thu, Oct 15th 5:59pm
  • Thinking about the diversity of classroom populations goes well beyond race and culture into the various ways our students learn. All students have a preferred learning style and many have other specific needs, as well.
  • For this post, you will choose the profile of a student who would benefit from assistive/adaptive technologies (i.e., sight impaired, hearing impaired, or other disability)
  • Review websites that provide strategies for improving learning with applicable assistive and/or adaptive technology. Below are some examples to get you started, but you are strongly encouraged to use websites that you find and evaluate yourself, too.
  • Write a post using the guidelines to share the strategies you would use to assist this student if he/she were in your classroom. Be sure to explain which student profile you selected (i.e., visually impaired, etc) and then be specific about the tools that you would use and/or the modifications that you would make to assist that student have the same opportunities for learning.
  • To complete this assignment, be sure to respond to one or more of your classmates' post as indicated above

4) Technology Assisting ELL Students
Initial post due Wed, Oct 21st midnight
Comment/Response post due Thu, Oct 22nd 5:59pm
  • It is not unusual for students whose native language is not English to be in our classrooms. Providing an effective learning lesson for these students often requires differentiation/modification. Though there usually are human and non-technology resources available, you will be focusing on technology-oriented resources to assist these students.
  • For this post, you will choose the profile of an ELL student.
  • Review websites related to the student profile and/or strategies for increased learning, to include, but not limited to:
Case Study - Breaking the Language Barrier
Using Technology to Help ESL/EFL Students Develop Language Skills
ESOL Strategies
  • Write a post using the guidelines to share the strategies you would use to assist this student if he/she were in your classroom. Be sure to share the profile/background of your selected ELL student as well as the class you are teaching, but focus on the technology opportunities to enhance his/her learning.
  • To complete this assignment, be sure to respond to one or more of your classmates' post as indicated above.

5) Legal and Ethical Issues
Initial post due Wed, Nov 18th midnight
Comment/Response post due Thu, Nov 19th 5:59pm
  • There are a number of legal and ethical issues to consider when working with technology. Choose one of the following to review and critique, using your own researched/evaluated websites, in a written post following the guidelines: Information Privacy, Copyright & Fair Use, Cyberbullying (or if you have another issue you want to discuss, check with me by Apr 7th)
  • To complete this assignment, be sure to respond to one or more of your classmates' post as indicated above.


Discussion Grading Rubric: