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Hours to complete

Approx. 11 hours to complete

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

English

Subtitles: English
100% online

100% online

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. 11 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 the technology you use everyday? To learn more about the computation and computing concepts that underlie those technologies? 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 evaluate, critique and improve a TedED activity around the ethical choices facing designers of self-driving cars....
Reading
2 videos (Total 15 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

Freedom of Speech

Have you ever thoughts of technology as a support or amplification of free speech? No need to get a news program or journalist to "get your story out there" when you can tweet! But not everyone on the planet has equal access to the internet or apps that enable people to share their viewpoints. We'll look at a range of technologies related (in some way!) to this including: VPN, cell phone batteries, and internet connectivity at the global scale....
Reading
6 videos (Total 16 min), 9 readings, 6 quizzes
Video6 videos
Your First Interactive Reading11m
Check Your Knowledge2s
Check Your Knowledge2s
What is Teacher Powerup?2m
Check Your Knowledge2s
Reading9 readings
Where's my interactive reading grade?3m
If The Internet Were to be Cut Off...3m
How Does Internet Censorship Work?10m
What is Metadata?10m
How a VPN Works and What It Does for You10m
How Do Smartphone Batteries Work (and How Can They Last Long)6m
How To Shut Off The Internet For an Entire Country?5m
Tor and the Deep Dark18m
Different Goals For Concealing Speech: Enigma and Passing Coded Messages in World War II21m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Mastery Quiz Part 122m
Mastery Quiz Part 220m
Week
2
Hours to complete
2 hours to complete

Life Made Easy

How has technology made your life easier? One thing I love is that travel, including traveling outside of my home country has gotten a LOT easier -- just because I can use my smartphone to find information and directions when I am abroad! But there's other ways global, ubiquitous access to the internet and cheap computational devices is changing our lives. Super hot things right now are "the Internet of Things" -- and specifically self-driving cars. Let's learn more about them!...
Reading
3 videos (Total 2 min), 3 readings, 5 quizzes
Video3 videos
Check Your Knowledge2s
Check Your Knowledge2s
Reading3 readings
Internet of Things As Fast As Possible4m
Internet of Things Problems10m
The Internet is FULL10m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Mastery Quiz Part 118m
Mastery Quiz Part 214m
Week
3
Hours to complete
4 hours to complete

Keeping your Information Secure

As our individual data generation and collection grows, so does the collective amount of data stored in the world. Controlling access and maintaining the privacy of our data -- especially as we use our myriad of devices in places far outside our own homes over wireless connections -- is critical. We'll also toss in here the concept of having a secure form of money -- bitcoin!...
Reading
4 videos (Total 2 min), 9 readings, 9 quizzes
Video4 videos
Check Your Knowledge2s
Check Your Knowledge2s
Check Your Knowledge2s
Reading9 readings
Two-Factor Authentication10m
Try It Yourself: How Well Can You Spot Phishing?15m
DDoS Attacks and Botnets6m
What is A-Man-in-the-Middle-Attack?10m
Bitcoin (An Interactive Look)8m
DDoS Attacks as Fast as Possible5m
Types of Hackers Explained6m
The Greater Potential of The Bitcoin Blockchain7m
Optional: Extra Teacher Resources
Quiz2 practice exercises
Mastery Quiz Part 132m
Mastery Quiz Part 232m
Week
4
Hours to complete
10 hours to complete

Impacts of Computing & Pedagogy

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Reading
5 videos (Total 10 min), 9 readings, 6 quizzes
Video5 videos
In Your Experience...1s
Check Your Knowledge2s
Formative Feedback When Teaching Computing6m
In Your Experience: What formative feedback do you think is most important for students?1s
Reading9 readings
How BITCOIN is Changing The World20m
Thinking About Feedback You Will Provide For Impacts of Computing3m
Optional: How to make TedEd lessons1m
Optional Extra Teacher Resources1m
Preparing for the Explore Task10m
AP CSP Student Instructions10m
Final Project: Learning Reflection (required for course)10m
Final Project: Learning from Assessing Student Work10m
Fill out this form to share responses with others!10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Mastery Quiz12m

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.

  • 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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