The focus of the Dream IT assignment is for students to examine their professional practice and identify a problem they are facing. Then, through utilizing the TPACK framework (Koehler & Mishra, 2008) to examine the components of the problem, identify changes that can be made to improve the problem.
The assignment is divided into four sections:
Part 1 – Project Overview – Abstract or summary of problem and solution
Part 2 – Project Outline – Identification of Goals
Part 3 – Project Solution – Detailed analysis of context, content, pedagogy, and technology
Part 4 – Project Evaluation – Measures of success
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