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Master of Education (MEd)

MA Concentration

Educational Technology


Happy Johnson, Pamela Redmond, Jim O'Connor


The technology tools now available to the 21st century science student allow for learning outcomes well outside those of the traditional content tested on standardized tests. Skills deemed necessary for the future success of our students such as collaboration, communication, critical thinking and problem-solving skills can be approached by having students make and present films and other new media presentations of the content being learned as addressed in current science standards. Digital storytelling, while usually applied to the fields of history, visual arts, and language arts, lends itself uniquely as a tool to engage and motivate students to learn science concepts. Through production and subsequent ownership of film and multimedia projects, authentic, constructivist learning provides the very necessary side effect of incorporating valuable 21st century skills.