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Online Masters in Computing in Education
Teachers College, Columbia University
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Online Masters in Computing in Education

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Concentrations

Incoming students in both the Intensive and Online programs will choose between one of two Intensive concentrations. These are “informal” concentrations, in the sense that their names will not appear on the degree. We arrange them solely to help guide participants in their progress through the program. Both concentrations are in the Teachers College program called Computing in Education.

Teaching and Learning with Technology
Advisor: Howard Budin

The Teaching and Learning with Technology option is for anyone interested in using technology with students, in learning more about how technology impacts teaching and learning, in developing curriculum that uses technology, or in leading educational programs. We believe that technology has played a key role over the past century in structuring formal education in this country, and that it will continue to play a major part in restructuring it. Teachers, administrators, curriculum developers -- indeed, all concerned with the fate of education -- should be aware of this history, and of the issues it raises for the present and future.

This concentration combines work in understanding issues in technology and school structure and change with study of the new technologies themselves -- how to operate them, and how to use them in curriculum. We focus on using technology throughout the grades for problem solving, communication, collaborative learning, skill building and standard reaching. Course work includes basic computer programming. Independent work during the school year may involve learning more about educational technology, planning for their use in educational situations, and researching issues related to this use. Prospective students need not have any background in technology.

Technology Leadership
Advisor:
Ellen Meier

This concentration is for those who are already in leadership positions involving school technology (such as school or district level computer coordinator) or expect to be in this position in the near future. Technology leaders assume a variety of roles in schools –from technical expert to curriculum developer to staff developer, and more. Being prepared for these roles requires ongoing learning and reflection about how best to prepare students and teachers for the technological future. This concentration aims to prepare technology leaders and prospective leaders to play their roles with both expert theoretical and practical background. The concentration’s courses and seminars focus on several key areas:

  • Research. What does research in educational technology tell us about how technology benefits learning, and how can we use the results?
  • Cognition. What does cognitive science tell us about human learning and technology and how can we best apply it to curriculum-building?
  • Constructivism. How can the use of technology best support a constructivist curriculum in which students are active and collaborative problem-solvers?
  • Networking. What new developments in networking, distance learning, and use of the Internet and WWW are likely to impact education, and how should we think about applying them?
  • Staff development. What does our experience with educating teachers about technology tell us, and what does this imply about future efforts?

Altogether, the concentration’s goal is to provide its participants with a holistic picture of the current state of school technology,along with its accomplishments and needs, and ideas for future work. We will draw upon participants’ (and others') experiences to inform our planning.

Participants will work during the year on a wide variety of independent projects designed to further their own learning and work in their schools.