Montana State University

MSSE 591-801: Web Tools for Teaching Science

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Jun 15-Jul 24, 2015
Credit: 3 graduate
Tuition & Fees: $915.50
Instructor(s): Eric Brunsell

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Course Description

This class will provide educational technology professional development to practicing science teachers. The purpose of the course is twofold. First, the course will assist educators in effectively using the web to enhance their professional learning. Second, the course will assist educators in using web tools, many of which students are already comfortable with using in social settings, to enhance student learning and ownership. The specific goals of this course include the following:
  • Articulate a rationale for using Internet-based technology during instruction.
  • Use a web aggregator and social bookmarking to increase efficiency in information gathering.
  • Develop an initial personal learning network.
  • Explore a variety of Web 2.0 tools and example projects, including blogs, wikis, Google Docs, Google Earth, podcasting, screen capture, and photo sharing services, for professional growth and enhancing instruction.
  • Create a plan for integrating at least three Web 2.0 tools into current instructional efforts.

Meeting Place and Times

Teachers log into the course at a time of day that best fits their schedule. It is necessary to connect at least 4 - 6 times per week and spend 18 - 22 hours each week while the course is in session, either online or offline working on course related assignments, to stay current and successfully complete this compressed, intensive 3 credit graduate course.


Eric Brunsell, EdD. Intercollege Programs for Science Education, Montana State University


Graduate standing; science educator.

Target Audience

Teachers enrolled in Montana State University's Master of Science in Science Education program; teachers desiring graduate credit in educational technology for professional development purposes.

Time Commitment:

18-22 hours per week. If you are unfamiliar with this field of study and/or method of delivery, you may require more time.

Tuition and Fees

 Program Fee $105.50
 Computer Fee$10.50

A $30 registration fee is also charged once per semester.

The costs above assume that you are taking only MSU Extended University courses during the semester that the course is offered. If you also registered for courses through the MSU Registrar, the regular MSU fee structure may apply.

A $40 late fee will be assessed if payment is not posted to your account by 3 pm (Mountain Time) of the course start date (or the business day before if the course starts on a weekend or a holiday).

To learn more about tuition and fees, please see the University Business Services' Student Accounts Web page.

Required Books/Materials

  • Instructor will list online articles that students must purchase for the course. However, articles are free for NSTA members.

Computer Requirements:

  • Computer running Windows XP Service Pack 3 or newer or Mac OS X.5 (Leopard) or higher
  • CD-ROM drive
  • Internet access

This course uses a learning management system. You will learn more closer to the course start date.

For More Information

contact Diana Paterson at or 406-994-5679.

How to Register

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