About the DECP

About the DECP

In the fall of 2012, CSU Stanislaus was invited to join a consortium of CSU faculty who are part of Google??s Digital Ambassador Program.  Ambassadors from the program are charged with supporting CSU Education faculty and pre-service teacher candidates on the current trends in classroom technology that support student learning. 

In an effort to support the Digital Ambassador??s program goals, Dr. Soodjinda was chosen as this years Digital Ambassador and he is currently sponsoring a project and competition called the "Digitally Enhanced Classroom Project" (DECP) that would invite our pre-service teacher candidates to foster and develop an innovative lesson or unit that aligns to the common core standards and integrates either a flipped-classroom platform or Google Doc??s line of free products.  Details for the project are below: 

  • At the launch of the program, Dr. Soodjinda will advertise and market the program??s details through distributing flyers and creating a website that can be viewed through the CSU web portal. 
  • Once the faculty and students have been informed of the project, Dr. Soodjinda will give 10-15 minute presentations in credential and student teaching courses that explain the project and competition in detail. 
  • During the presentation students will be invited to develop lesson plans or units that align to the common core standards and integrates either a flipped-classroom platform or Google Doc??s line of products.
  • If students choose to participate and compete in the project, they will develop a lesson plan and send it to Dr. Soodjinda for review.
  • Once lesson plans are received, an ad-hoc committee will score each lesson with a rubric that outlines specific standards that relate to: 1) The effective use of classroom technology 2) Alignment to Common Core Standards 3) Effective use of assessment 4) Strategies for adaptations based on student need 4) Innovation
  • Upon evaluating all participating students?? lesson plans, the top three will be chosen, and the three students who created the lesson plans will then be asked to teach the lesson in a K-12 classroom (to be set up by the College of Education), where the entire lesson will be recorded by video
  • Master teachers who allow these three students to teach the lessons in their classrooms will be compensated $150 each for their participation. 
  • Once all lessons have been recorded, the taped lessons will be placed on a database that is housed and password protected by a CSU Stanislaus server.  From here, education faculty can access these resources and use them in their methods courses as a point of reference when discussing how technology can effectively be integrated into the K-12 classroom.
  • All three finalists will receive an Ipad mini (worth $400) and a trip to the Google Campus in Mountain View, CA for having the most innovative lesson that integrated technology. 
  • All three candidates will also be asked to briefly present their lesson during a College of Education faculty meeting and luncheon.

A goal of this program is that it can be maintained for several future semesters so that 1) Teacher candidates can practice developing innovative lessons that ingrate technology 2) Faculty will be exposed to the current trends in classroom technology, and 3) Faculty will have an online database of video resources that can be used in their coursework with pre-service teacher candidates that effectively integrate technology in the K-12 classroom.