Syllabus for EDL-670



Technology for Instruction and Administration focuses on the key role of the school principal as a leader in the selection, use, and evaluation of instructional technology. Students are encouraged to think critically about technology, both in its role in the teaching-learning process as well as in its role in school management. NPBEA 1, 2, 3; NJDOE 1, 2, 3).


After successfully completing this course, you should be able to:

CO1        Evaluate computer hardware and software programs commonly used in a school setting according to given evaluation criteria.

CO2        Illustrate at least seven ways in which technology may be used in the instructional process, identify the associated hardware and software products that can be used to achieve these ends, and discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each.

CO3        Identify several examples of web-based learning, including distance learning, and discuss how these can be used to increase school and district instructional options and improve student achievement.

CO4        Describe and use several administrative applications, notably database management systems and spreadsheets, and identify uses for specialized applications such as test scoring statistical software, automatic calling systems, and energy management systems.          

CO5        Integrate the essential components of the planning process with the technologies that can be used to address each component.

CO6        Identify the key components of an effective staff development plan for teachers and apply them to support the implementation of technology in a school.


You will need the following materials to do the work of the course. The required textbooks are available from the University's textbook supplier, MBS Direct.

Required Textbooks

  • Picciano, A. G. (2011). Educational leadership and planning for technology (5th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson.

ISBN-13: 978-0137058228

  • Levin, B. B., & Schrum, L. (2015). Leading 21st century schools: Harnessing technology for engagement and achievement (2nd ed.). Newbury Park, CA: Corwin.

ISBN-13: 978-1412972956


Web Resources

Electronic Portfolio Registration

As a capstone experience in the Educational Leadership program, you will prepare an electronic portfolio that demonstrates your incremental achievement of the program standards. Each course in the program helps you to identify artifacts to place in your portfolio on completion of the course. To this end, you are required to purchase an electronic portfolio registration code upon your entry into the Master of Arts in Educational Leadership program. Basic directions for purchasing access to and using your electronic portfolio are posted within the Educational Leadership Students Organization (online community).


Technology for Instruction and Administration is a three-credit online graduate course, consisting of six  modules. Modules include an overview, topics, learning objectives, study materials, and activities. Module titles and topics are listed below.

Uses of computer technology for administration and instruction

Criteria for acquiring computer hardware

Criteria for evaluating computer software

Instructional applications: evolution, research results, new and future uses

Multimedia: hardware and software, instructional uses

The Internet: evolution, World Wide Web, applications

Distance learning: past and current technologies, design considerations, course management systems, educational programs

Database management systems


Office automation

Special-purpose applications

Data-driven decision making

Social planning model and its use in technology planning

Planning and managing computer facilities: space, personnel, security, maintenance

Financial planning: cost effectiveness, budgeting

Needs assessment

Program design and techniques



Modules 1, 3, and 5 contain four key course activities; Module 4 requires you to complete two software projects; and Module 6 includes a staff development project. See sections below for further information about these activities and projects, including evaluation rubrics.


For your formal work in the course, you are required to participate in online discussion forums and complete four key activities, two software projects, and a staff development project.

Consult the Course Calendar for assignment due dates.

Discussion Forums

Each module in the course has one or more discussion forums. All discussion forums take place asynchronously.

Online discussions provide an opportunity for you to interact with your classmates. During this aspect of the course, you respond to prompts that assist you in developing your ideas, you share those ideas with your classmates, and you comment on their posts. Discussion forum interactions promote development of a community of learners, critical thinking, and exploratory learning.

Most discussion activities contain several questions. Be sure your posting addresses all of them. Some discussion forums direct you to post a course activity for classmates' comments.

Please participate in online discussions as you would in constructive face-to-face discussions. You are expected to post well-reasoned and thoughtful reflections for each item, making reference, as appropriate, to your textbook readings and any other sources you may use, including websites. You are also expected to reply to your classmates' posts in a respectful, professional, and courteous manner. You may, of course, post questions asking for clarification or further elucidation on a topic.

Key Activities

You are required to complete four key activities in Modules 1, 3, and 5 of the course:

  1. Hardware evaluation (Module 1)
  2. Software evaluation (Module 1)
  3. Web-based applications (Module 3)
  4. Technology plan critique (Module 5)

Hardware and Software Evaluations

In Module 1, you will complete two evaluation activities, one concerning a hardware purchase of laptops or PCs for your school or district, the other focusing on an instructional software product already owned by your school or district. Both activities involve completing an evaluation form and writing a 1- to 2-page conclusion of your findings. See Module 1 for the activity details, and consult the Course Calendar for due dates.

Web-Based Applications

Module 3 concludes with a short activity asking you to describe five web-based applications used in the classroom and their potential for improving student learning. See Module 3 for the activity details, and consult the Course Calendar for due dates.

Technology Plan Critique

In Module 5, you will critique the technology plan for your school district (or one of a district you research on the Web) in terms of the four Cs of planning. See Module 5 for the activity details, and consult the Course Calendar for due dates.

Software Projects

You are required to complete two software projects in Module 4 of the course. The first entails creating a spreadsheet in Excel containing budget information, grades, demographics, or other statistical data. The other is to create a database using Access that contains information about students, teachers, courses, or inventory (to name a few possibilities). See Module 4 for the activity details, and consult the Course Calendar for due dates.

Staff Development Project

Your final project in the course is to design a staff development program for teachers in your school or district that aligns with your school's or district's vision, goals, and technology plans. This staff development program constitutes a principal artifact for your portfolio. See Module 6 for the activity details, and consult the Course Calendar for due dates.

Portfolio Artifacts and Reflective Narrative

The principal artifact for this course is the staff development project from Module 6. Accompanying the artifact is a reflective narrative that describes the process and how the artifact meets specific standards and prepares you for school leadership.

Upload your artifact to your electronic portfolio, and be certain to indicate its alignment to the applicable ISLLC standards.


Your grade in the course will be determined as follows:

All activities will receive a numerical grade of 0–100. You will receive a score of 0 for any work not submitted. Your final grade in the course will be a letter grade. Letter grade equivalents for numerical grades are as follows:


















Below 73

To receive credit for the course, you must earn a letter grade of C or higher on the weighted average of all assigned course work (e.g., assignments, discussion postings, projects). Graduate students must maintain a B average overall to remain in good academic standing.


First Steps to Success

To succeed in this course, take the following first steps:

Study Tips

Consider the following study tips for success:


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