Course Project: Technology Proficiencies Directions

As a special education leader, it is important to understand how appropriate technology can be used to enhance both the teaching and learning experiences for all students as well as increase collaboration and communication with key stakeholders. The Walden Technology Proficiencies focus on integrating technology into educational activities to move from enhancing skills to transforming skills. To meet the expectations for Course Project, you will demonstrate your ability to connect the content of this course to each of the Walden Technology Proficiencies. The proficiencies are grounded in the SAMR (Substitution, Augmentation, Modification, Redefinition) Model.

The SAMR Model provides a framework for integrating technology into the learning environment. (Learn more about the SAMR Model here.) 

To prepare:

 Review the Walden Technology Proficiencies. Reflect about your experiences with technology as you read through the proficiencies.  Consult and reflect about the course resources as well as outside resources (e.g., peer-reviewed journal articles) that you found and integrated into your work to illustrate and support your Discussion posts and Assignments—you will need to use these as resources to complete your work.  Reflect about the training needs of staff working within educational settings regarding technology and advancing from enhancement to transformation.  Ask yourself the following question: How have the resources and the concepts presented throughout the course impacted my learning in order for me to implement technology throughout my educational practices and prepared me for ongoing learning on current technology tools? Walden Technology Proficiencies Reflect about how each of the proficiencies is relevant to the role of a special education leader to develop a rich technological environment, facilitate learning with evidencebased practices, optimize collaboration with key stakeholders, and commit to professional development.

You must respond to each of the following four proficiencies in this assessment. 1. Design of Learning Experiences and the Environment: Candidates design learning experiences and foster learning environments that integrate various technologies.  The candidate demonstrates how to evaluate technology and media resources for quality, accuracy, and effectiveness to support the processes of content and skill development.  The candidate demonstrates fluency using effective technologies to plan, coordinate, organize, manage, and/ or supervise effective learning opportunities.  The candidate develops technology-enriched learning environments that enable all students to pursue their individual curiosities and become active participants in setting their own educational goals, managing their own learning, and assessing their own progress.  The candidate demonstrates use of online research databases and research-based practices in education to improve student learning, engagement, and outcomes. 

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