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Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible deadlines

Flexible deadlines

Reset deadlines in accordance to your schedule.
Beginner Level

Beginner Level

Hours to complete

Approx. 13 hours to complete

Suggested: 4 weeks of study, 3-5 hours per week ...
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
Hours to complete
1 hour to complete

Course Orientation

Welcome! Are you interested in teaching about the impacts of your personal data in the digital world? To learn more about the computation and computing concepts that underlie the technologies using that data? We'll be using a problem-based approach to explore interesting ways to teach concepts of networks and the internet, data and analysis, and even algorithms and data representation. Finally, we'll read a chapter from a children's fiction book -- "The Secret Code Menace" and identify some computer science learning outcomes for that chapter....
Reading
2 videos (Total 12 min), 3 readings, 1 quiz
Video2 videos
This is part of a specialization5m
Reading3 readings
Are You Wanting UC, San Diego transcript credit?5m
Engagement and Assessment Goals5m
Using Googledoc Templates in this Class5m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Orientation Quiz - Make Sure you Know the Score7m
Hours to complete
4 hours to complete

Data Collection

Why is it that when you are shopping for an item on one website, you start seeing ads for it other in other places? How do websites know (and quite well) what products and services to recommend their customers and users? We'll look at how the internet has evolved to personalize people's experiences while online. Then to finish up this week, we will learn about how cookies and web servers work, as well as how HTTPS keeps connections secure....
Reading
7 videos (Total 19 min), 5 readings, 9 quizzes
Video7 videos
Your First Interactive Reading11m
Check Your Knowledgem
In Your Experience: HTTPSm
Check Your Knowledgem
What is Teacher Powerup?2m
Check Your Knowledgem
Reading5 readings
Internet Privacy Test Tool Activity10m
Where's my interactive reading grade?3m
Cookies: What You Need To Know40m
The Web vs The Internet8m
Secure Web Browsing: HTTPS15m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Mastery Quiz Part 124m
Mastery Quiz Part 224m
Week
2
Hours to complete
4 hours to complete

Data Privacy

This week we'll look at aspects of our personal data such as -- when we we do not want it used, how we can keep it safe, and what control we have. In this Technology Exploration, we'll learn about ciphers, hashing, cryptography, and encryption. Also, do you know the difference between the "deep" web and the "dark" web? (You will know by the end of this week!)...
Reading
5 videos (Total 3 min), 8 readings, 4 quizzes
Video5 videos
Check Your Knowledgem
Check Your Knowledgem
In Your Experience: Deep Dark Webm
Check Your Knowledgem
Reading8 readings
What does your ISP (Internet Service Provider) know about you?8m
Why Not Redesign The Internet to Be Secure?6m
How Bad Should You Feel About Not Reading "Terms and Conditions"?11m
Domain Name Systems12m
Cryptography Keeps Information Safe10m
Keeping Information Secure on the Internet: Hashing and Encryption14m
SSL Certificates2m
Secrets of the Deep Dark Web15m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Mastery Quiz Part 120m
Mastery Quiz Part 220m
Week
3
Hours to complete
4 hours to complete

Data Use

So far we have learned about data collection and privacy. Now we will spend the week covering some ways that data is used, so we must introduce big data. Along with our exploration of this progressive concept, we will help you connect the use of big data to machine learning though an activity designed to guide your understanding in a fun way!...
Reading
4 videos (Total 2 min), 3 readings, 8 quizzes
Video4 videos
Check Your Knowledgem
Check Your Knowledgem
Check Your Knowledgem
Reading3 readings
Machine Learning Methods: Supervised vs. Unsupervised13m
Activity: Train a Neural Network20m
Optional: How Siri Works0
Quiz2 practice exercises
Mastery Quiz Part 110m
Mastery Quiz Part 212m
Week
4
Hours to complete
4 hours to complete

Impacts of Computing and Pedagogy

Next we'll let you choose what you want to explore around "impacts of computing" for the technologies we've explored in this world. Along with that, we'll introduce another "Formative Classroom Assessment Technique" (FACT) and have you practice how you would use this in the classroom. For our pedagogical focus, we'll look at how retrieval practice helps you learn far more effectively than "re-studying" and how to define the learning objectives for a given learning activity using Bloom's taxonomy. Finally, you'll get to read a short chapter from a children's fiction book "The Secret Code Menace" and identify for yourself what kids can learn from reading it!...
Reading
6 videos (Total 28 min), 5 readings, 6 quizzes
Video6 videos
Overview3m
Retrieval-Based Learning: How and When16m
In Your Experience: What Are These Questions Asking?m
Bloom's Taxonomy3m
Check Your Knowledgem
Reading5 readings
Preview: FACT #23 Guided Reciprocal Peer Questioning10m
So How Would I Teach With That?4m
Extra Teacher Resources0
Let's Experience It!3m
Different Approaches to Supporting Learning5m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Retrieval Practice Quiz: Any answer full points22m
Mastery Quiz4m

Instructor

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Beth Simon

Teaching Professor
Education Studies

About University of California San Diego

UC San Diego is an academic powerhouse and economic engine, recognized as one of the top 10 public universities by U.S. News and World Report. Innovation is central to who we are and what we do. Here, students learn that knowledge isn't just acquired in the classroom—life is their laboratory....

About the Teaching Impacts of Technology in K-12 Education Specialization

2% That’s the estimate of how many high school students in all of California took a Computer Science class in 2015. And yet, computers and data are everywhere. Just consider a typical 24 hours in your life … how many different computer devices do you use? We all live in multiple digital worlds that are changing rapidly with new apps, devices, and data analyses offering a constant stream of innovations and technology integrations for our lives. As it's an integral part of our lives, we’re working towards computer science for all - making it possible for every student, every future member of society, to understand computing and technology. To do so, we need teachers. Teachers prepared to both teach computational concepts and use best practices so kids enjoy and see they can be successful in computer science. This is where you (and this Specialization) come in! In this Specialization you will both learn about the impacts of computing in our world and how to teach these impacts to K-12 students. We offer both the technical knowledge and also the pedagogical approaches for teaching these concepts. Along the way you’ll engage with freely available materials you can use in your own classroom, as well as learn from teachers currently teaching these concepts in their classrooms. In short - in this Specialization we'll teach you the computing concepts you need to know and then help you explore and evaluate lesson plans and resources to prepare you for your classroom....
Teaching Impacts of Technology in K-12 Education

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Once you enroll for a Certificate, you’ll have access to all videos, quizzes, and programming assignments (if applicable). Peer review assignments can only be submitted and reviewed once your session has begun. If you choose to explore the course without purchasing, you may not be able to access certain assignments.

  • When you enroll in the course, you get access to all of the courses in the Specialization, and you earn a certificate when you complete the work. Your electronic Certificate will be added to your Accomplishments page - from there, you can print your Certificate or add it to your LinkedIn profile. If you only want to read and view the course content, you can audit the course for free.

  • How does Amazon know what to suggest you buy? In this course you’ll explore how collection and analysis of our personal data impacts our technology use -- including concerns about our data privacy. You’ll explore underlying technical concepts around cybersecurity and machine learning that contribute to both the pros and cons of our personal data use. After successfully completing this course you will be able to:

    [1] Discuss current ways in which personalized data impacts how we “see” things on the internet and ways in which companies are using our data.

    [2] Explain key aspects of web technology responsible for collecting, managing and analyzing our data, including internet design issues (cookies, secure web transfer protocols, DNS, deep and dark web), cryptography (ciphers, hashing, encryption), and machine learning and AI (neural networks, recommender systems, speech recognition).

    [3] Enact pedagogical knowledge in computer science-specific contexts, including retrieval-based learning, learning with simulators, and creating learning objectives. You’ll explore how one might use a “fun” children’s fiction book for teaching computing concepts.

  • Yes! This course is designed as component of a Specialization that is 1 of a set of 4 Specializations (all will be offered on Coursera) that will support the requirements of the California Supplementary Authorization. Additionally, the Specialization may support credentialing or authorization in other states. However, most states require a transcript from an accredited institution of higher education. See the FAQ question on “Will I earn university credit” to find out how to get such a transcript.

  • Yes, you can earn UCSD credit for completing this course, but only by completing the full Teaching Impacts of Technology in K-12 Education Specialization. In addition, you will need to (1) Enroll in an additional UCSD Extension course before completing the capstone ($500) and (2), complete part of the capstone project via an online proctoring service. After this is done, your Specialization course grades will be accumulated and a transcript with your final grade (both letter grade or pass-only supported) will be issued from UCSD with 4 graduate-level units. These are eligible to count towards the California Supplementary Authorization.

  • There is no background knowledge, neither in education nor in Computer Science, required to take this course - just an interest in learning computational concepts about the technology that surrounds us and how to best teach those concepts to others.

    Basic proficiency in the use of Googledocs will be needed to complete assignments within the course. Google help documentation will be provided, and with some extra attention, first time use of Googledocs should not be a barrier to successful completion of the course.

  • By providing this course online, our goal is to enable you to master all the material in the course at a pace that is appropriate for you, rather than the typical processes of picking a specific date and measuring how much you can learn by that date of in-person courses. Instead of the relatively bigger chunks of learning work found in traditional courses (e.g. go to class, read the book, do homework, study for the test) this course has a lot of smaller and more diverse activities that guide your learning experience. We use a lot of online features to:

    Break learning into smaller chunks

    Engage you more in thinking and discussing content with others

    Better integrate and more frequently test your knowledge (with a focus on mastery, allowing you to go back and learn what you missed then come test again)

    Give you practice in teaching-specific skills you will need as an educator (finding and evaluating online teaching resources, critiquing and modifying lesson plans)

    We hope you enjoy and learn a lot!

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