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  Last updates on 12/09/2012
Course Overview - 603

FAQ
How do I submit my printed portfolio?
 

 
This course is designed for online instruction using Blackboard. Although Blackboard online instruction is different, the content and syllabus are identical to that of a live course (603 Syllabus). In addition to time on Blackboard there are offline assignments (readings, research, papers, presentations, etc.) which must be submitted via Blackboard (either Homework or Discussion Board).

If this is the first time using blackboard there is a handbook and reference material on 601 Course Info. The first several lessons are NOT content rich, but are designed to see that you can navigate Blackboard. Prof. Stein (and classmates) are ready, and willing, to assist.

COMMUNICATION

Please place the following web addresses in your Internet Explorer "Favorites"
www.touro.edu - Access information from Touro College
bb.touro.edu - Send completed work to Prof. Stein via Blackboard "Homework" of "Discussion Board" forums.
touroweb.webhop.org - Prof. Stein's Class Website - Access assignments and links
There is a s "Student's'" page and a "Messages" page as well.

APPROACH TO THIS COURSE- Reality TV

Consider that you are applying for a fictitious position at a prestigious private school. The position is that of a science/mathematics teacher (grades 5-9 with a special education component). The position pays $175,000.00 per year with wonderful benefits. To apply you are asked to submit your resume, a portfolio of mathematics lessons, science lessons, a quick website (googlepages.com*) evidencing your technology and teaching skills, a video introduction of a science and a math lesson (workshop model), use of NYC or NYS Math and Science standards, as well as anything else that demonstrates that you are a most capable and effective teacher and capable of differentiated instruction.

You should evidence that you are familiar with the NYCDOE prescribed textbook IMPACT MATH and that your lesson exemplifies the WORKSHOP MODEL. Completing the assignments in this course, printing them, organizing them into a printed portfolio will be your submission. A video of your mini lesson submitted, via Blackboard, and to teachertube.com is requested. NOTE: No photos of NYCDOE students please. It is not necessary that your face be included in the video.

In short, the students of this online course are the pool of candidates for this desired fictitious position. Those students that make it to the next and final level for interviews based on their work will receive an "A" in this course.

Simply stated, it is not "Who you think you are" that will get you a position. It is "Who you appear to be" to the hiring person(s) that really count. This course will teach you how to look Great! This almost sounds like a Reality TV situation. 

*Googlepages.com is a free place to create a website. We will teach you how during this course. It is not hard when you have guides (classmates and Prof. Stein).

CONFIRM REGISTRATION WITH PROFESSOR STEIN

If you have received a group email from Professor Stein, you in the class email group list and you do not need to do the following.....

If you have NOT yet received an email from Professor Stein PLEASE confirm that you are in the class by sending an email to Professor Stein at abriteguy@aol.com.  This will assure that Prof. Stein has your correct email address.

 COURSE MATERIALS AND TEXTBOOKS
Note: Links have been provided for reference purposes only.
Purchase of required texts should be made in a timely manor from the vendor of your choice.
Course Materials
- Portfolio: 3 ring binder with clear cover. View
- A minimum of 20 clear page protectors. View
- Protruding Adhesive tabs. View 

Course Textbook and Reference Materials
- textbook (at right)
-How to Differentiate Instruction in Mixed-Ability Classrooms
- Downloads of NYS Math, Science and Technology Standards
- Downloads of appropriate content assessment tests
(more about this later)

Link    
PROCEDURE: So How Does The System Work?

Review files, folders and naming procedures using your student prefix (ie 11z)

603 Assignments can be viewed on this website (when available)
Completed assignments are submitted to either Blackboard Homework (for view by Prof. Stein) or to a Blackboard Discussion Board Forum (where all in the class can see)- The Assignment listing will tell you where to send the completed assignment

How to complete an assignment:
Watch the Tutorials
Locate the assignment 603assignments

EDUCATIONAL COMPONENTS and STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES
(taken from the course syllabus)

Let's look at the course syllabus, understand what is expected and how a student can demonstrate their accomplishments.
Students will demonstrate:
1. Knowledge of science and mathematics content together with associated assessments for middle school grades. This is in line with the NYC and NYS Math, Science and Technology Standards. and the NYS Office of Assessment.
2. Knowledge of curriculum development and instructional approaches in developmental context, with attention to the needs of typical and atypical adolescent learners.  
3. Knowledge of instructional strategies in the areas of number and operations, algebra, geometry, measurement and data analysis for implementation within both the general and special education population
4. Knowledge and practical skill in basic techniques in the construction and implementation of performance-based assessment
5. Knowledge and skill in the use of technology and math resources on the Internet
6.Give an account of the interrelationships among math, science, and technology for students in general education and students with disabilities
7. Develop critical thinking skills through instruction in math and science-
8. Describe modifications of curriculum and instructional approaches for students with disabilities 
9. Create digital portfolios
10. Design and deliver project-based lessons in science and math that employ technology as a tool and relate to learning standards
11. Use calculators and other tools of mathematics, science, and technology study
12. Critically use the World Wide Web’s resources for science, math, and technology

In order to accomplish the “Student Learning Outcomes” of the syllabus (above) the course is divided into components. Components are then divided into various Blackboard assignments. These assignments are printed by the student and organized into a printed portfolio. Some of the assignments can be posted to the Internet on a digital portfolio (e-portfolio). Additionally some assignments (computer files) are sent to Prof. Stein so that they can be viewed on a class website.

Mathematics Component (students must demonstrate their knowledge of middle school mathematics and their ability to teach it)
- Students will view Internet video lessons that teach towards curriculum/standards based mathematics lessons and upload them to Blackboard and Teachertube.com
- Students will review mathematics regents questions, which is an assessment tool.. 
- Students will write lesson plans for geared towards specified regents questions (General and Special Education).
- Students will write sample student worksheets for specified regents topics (General and Special Education).
- Students will create one minute mathematics video introducing one of the lessons they have created.
- Topics will include content areas of: Geometry, Algebra, Linear equations, Graphing, etc..

Science Component (students must demonstrate their knowledge of middle school science and their ability to teach it)
- Students will view Internet video lessons that teach towards curriculum/standards based science lessons and upload them to Blackboard and Teachertube.com
- Students will review Intermediate Science Grade 8 assessment questions, which is an assessment tool.. 
- Students will write lesson plans for geared towards specified areas in the Intermediate Science Grade 8 assessment  (General and Special Education).
- Students will write sample student worksheets for specified regents topics (General and Special Education).
- Students will create one minute mathematics video introducing one of the lessons they have created.
- Topics will include content areas of: Geometry, Algebra, Linear equations, Graphing, etc..

Special Education Component
- Students will be asked to read and respond to the assigned text: How to Differentiate Instruction in Mixed-Ability Classrooms.
- Students will show how concepts in this text can be applied in both General and Special Education settings
- Students will conduct research on current Issues in Special Education ( FAPE, ADA, NCLB, IEP, etc.), In addition they will discuss each while comparing their legislative differences.

Philosophical Component:
- Student will conduct Internet research on several current educational philosophers and discuss their approaches.
- Students will construct a list of 5 major tenets of their own educational philosophy
- Students will substantiate, where possible, their philosophical tenets by referencing current educational philosophers
- Students will discuss how their approach will be used in the classroom

Technology Component- Individual:
- Students will review educational websites that teach and enhance mathematic and science education 
- Students will use technology to submit computer files to the instructor via Blackboard (Homework, Blackboard Discussion Board).
- Students will create a digital portfolio (e-portfolio) their professional website. This site will demonstrate that they can use technology and the Internet to disseminate information (i.e. lessons, videos, etc.)

- Students will review the work of classmates on Blackboard (Discussion Board)
- Students will aid in publishing selected  work to a viewable website (i.e. Teachertube.com)
Challenge: Can you be a student chosen for the Touro Technology Showcase.
 

Sample Mini Lessons Videos-
- Order of Operations (VERY CREATIVE)
- Linear Algebra (VERY CREATIVE)
- Sum of the Interior Angles of a Triangle Video 1
- Sum of the Interior Angles of a Triangle Video 2
- Signed Numbers
- Multiplication Tricks
- Mean Median Mode
- Pythagorean Theorem
- Domino Signed Numbers

Please visit the  Touro
Technology Showcase

STUDENTS PRINTED PORTFOLIOS To Be Submitted in Print

Printed Portfolio with all assignments - The three ring presentation binder will contain printed assignments, Student Philosophy, Issues in Special Education Legislation, Cover, Dedication Page, Lesson Plans, etc.
THIS PRINTED PORTFOLIO (binder)
MUST BE SUBMITTED (See calendar in assignments). The binder should be delivered to Prof. Stein at his home: 2979 Judith Drive, Bellmore, NY 11710. Should it be sent via UPS, USPS, Fedex, etc., make sure that it is sent with a tracking number. This # should be placed in the portfolios BB DB Forum. Portfolios will NOT be returned and become the property of Touro College and may be used by Touro College as samples of course outcomes. Should you desire that your materials NOT be viewed in this manner please contact Prof. Stein and receive confirmation in writing.

 

ONLINE BLACKBOARD SOFTWARE AND HARDWARE REQUIREMENTS*
  • Windows XP or Vista computer
  • Internet Access (high speed access- Optonline, DSL, Time Warner/RoadRunner)
  • Knowledge of the use of Windows operating system
  • Microsoft Word 2000, XP or later.
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Internet Explorer 6 or later
  • Your own email address which should be checked daily
  • Optional Flash Drive (USB storage of 256 , available at any computer store. (See what they look like). This will allow you to take all files to a library or to a remote computer at work.
*It would be best if the student has all of the above. However it should be noted that most computers at public libraries have all the hardware and software required for this course. If you desire to work on different computers save all your files onto the Flash Drive.
Suggestion: Keep all your files in a designated folder on your PC, C:\MyDocuments\**z\, or on a Flash Drive. ALWAYS back up your files to a second location or flash drive.

IMPORTANT TECHNOLOGY SKILLS

A student should be familiar with the items below**:
  • Knowledge and use of Windows XP Operating System
  • The concept of File/ Folder/ Path
  • A understanding of the following types of files by extension (.doc, .jpg, .gif, .html, .mpg,  .wav)
  • How to create a folder
  • How to save a file (SAVE and SAVE AS) 
  • How to RENAME a file and a folder
  • Use of a digital camera (still and video). Downloading files to your computer. The camera, need not be your own. 

  • ** The technology skills are often learned from classmates.

 


For problems or questions regarding this Web site contact Professor Stein.
Last updated: 12/09/12.