CIEP 491/CPSY 497 N78
Computer Applications for Schools and Agencies
This class is a class in Educational Technology: the process of applying technology in educational settings. This definition of educational technology implies that Educational Technology consists of two parts: the technology and the application of the technology.
We need to learn about the technology that is available. Though computers are not the only technology used in classroom, computers will be the focus of the class. At the beginning, we are going to assume you have never touched a computer before and talk about computer basics and terminology. We will cover wordprocessing so that you can type papers and exams, spreadsheets so that you can keep track of school budgets and class grades, presentations and graphics so that you can add splash to your training materials, and the internet so that you can research and access the world. We will also discuss interactive multimedia software and access interactive library resources.
Knowing about technology is not good enough. We need to explore the reasons for using technology in the classroom and the learning theories behind them. We will also take a look at different situations in schools and try to determine the best courses of action. We need to investigate the wide range of educational resources and see how they can be applied.
Roblyer, M.D., Edwards, Jack, and Havriluk, Mary Anne. Integrating Educational Technology into Teaching. Prentice-Hall, Inc. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey. 1997. ISBN: 0-02-402608-5.
Three 3.5" diskettes. DS/HD (Double sided/High Density). One disk for class, another for homework assignments, and a third for BACKUP.
A significant amount of time after every class must be spent in front of the computer. It is unrealistic to think that you will become proficient in computer use without practice. Though a significant amount of time will be spent completing assignments, you should also plan on spending a significant amount of time playing: try solitaire, surf the internet, or explore some educational software.
Projects: There are four projects. These four projects will test your computer skills. The wordprocessing project is worth 10% of your final grade and the spreadsheet, presentation, and computer research projects are worth 15% of your final grade. Specific instructions for each project will be handed out separately. See the class schedule for due dates. All projects WILL be accepted late, but your grade will drop 1 letter (A+ changes to a B+). Each project will be given a letter grade. For the purposes of calculating your final grade, letter grades are converted to the following numerical grades:
There will be a take-home final worth 40% of you final grade. A large part of the final will cover the book, handouts, and class discussions. The final will also include a couple of "mini" computer projects. The final is due Thursday, August 12* at 6:30pm. The Final WILL also be accepted until 5pm Friday, August 13 at my office. The penalty for handing in the final late is 10 percentage points. (A final with a grade of 95% would receive an 85% on the final). Because the final is 40% of your grade, handing in the final late has an extreme affect on your grade. No finals will be accepted after 5pm Friday, August 13th!
To supplement what we are doing in class, you will be given reading assignments, exercises to complete in the book, as well as assignments to complete on the computer. Most assignments are not collected or graded, but a few are collected. Collected assignments are worth 5% of your final grade. Homework assignments will NOT be accepted late.
Grade Reported: The following scale will be used to assign letter grades for the class: