Great Basin College

Course Syllabus

COT 210 Technology and Media in Education

Fall 2006,  3 credits

 

 

Instructor:  Becky Berg

Phone Number:  738-1436

E-mail:  becberg@gmail.com

WebCT access:  http://webct.gbcnv.edu

Office Hours:  Set up times individually

Class Time:  Thursday 7-9:45

Room:  HTC 108

 

CATALOG DESCRIPTION

A beginning computer course for classroom teachers.  Topics include:  word processing, spreadsheets, databases, e-mail, Internet, educational software, using computers in the classroom, and their impact in education.

 

REQUIRED TEXT

Shelly, G., Cashman, T., Gunter, R., & Gunter, G., Integrating Technology in the Classroom, (4th  Edition).  Boston:  Course Technology 

 

 

REQUIRED WEB-BASED ELECTRONIC PORTFOLIO SOFTWARE

College LiveText edu Solutions:  Electronic Portfolio Web-based software

 

RECOMMENDED

A Flash Drive to easily transport files.

 

LEARNER OUTCOMES

After successful completion of this class, students will be able to:

Ø      Use technology to facilitate traditional teaching by improving efficiency

Ø      Utilize technology to teach state standards

Ø      Utilize LiveText,  a web-based program to develop lessons, activities, & portfolios

Ø      Develop new and better ways of integrating technology into the K-8 curriculum

Ø      Understand common computer terminology

Ø      Describe common hardware components found in classrooms

Ø      Utilize computers for students with special needs

Ø      Evaluate educational software

Ø      Utilize online tools & resources to teach standards based curriculum

Ø      Conduct effective searches on the Internet

Ø      Organize websites into bookmark managers for easy retrieval

Ø      Send and receive e-mail

Ø      Conduct online discussions with classmates

Ø      Use common software and learn classroom applications for:

o        File management

o        Word processing

o        Creating spreadsheets with formulas

o        Electronic presentations

o        Video editing

Ø      Relate the integration of teaching and technology to effect high levels of learning

 

ATTENDANCE

Class instruction will include a great deal of hands-on learning at the computer.  You must attend class regularly if you intend to obtain the full benefit of instruction.  I keep attendance and you must notify me in advance if you expect to miss a class.  If you do not notify me, your absence will be recorded as unexcused.  The college catalog states that unexcused hours of absence in excess of the number of course credit hours is excessive.  Hence, 3 hours of absence for a 3 credit class is considered excessive.  The instructor can drop any student who has excessive unexcused absences.   We only have class once a week, therefore missing more than 1 class is considered excessive.

 

If, for some reason, you feel that you cannot complete the course, you must officially withdraw from the class by the course drop deadline  by contacting Admissions and Records at 753-2102, and completing the Course Withdraw Form.

Ø      Officially withdrawing results in a “W” on your grade report.  The “W” is not used in computer your cumulative GPA; it will appear on your transcript and be permanent.

Ø      If you do not officially withdraw, your grade will be based on the work you have completed averaged with zeros for work you have not completed.

 

 

 

COURSE OUTLINE OF TOPICS AND ASSIGNMENTS

 

Note:  This outline is subject to change.

 

Date

Topic

Aug.31st

  • General Class Info:  Syllabus, WebCT, Course Content, Pre-Assessment
  • What is Technology Integration?
  • Microsoft Word Skills & Integration

Sept. 7th   

  • Microsoft Word & Publisher Skills & Integration

Sept. 14th   

  • PowerPoint Skills & Integration Pt 1

Sept. 21st   

  • PowerPoint Skills & Integration Pt. 2

Sept. 28th   

  • LiveText 

Oct. 5th   

  • Share PowerPoint Projects (Small Groups)
  • Google and Track It!:  Effective Search Techniques & TrackStar

Oct. 12th

  • Digital Photography Skills/Integration & Microsoft Photo Story

Oct. 19th   

  • Digital Animation using Gif Animator
  • Rubrics

Oct. 26th   

  • Graphing & Analyzing Data Using Microsoft Excel, Google Spreadsheets, & Online Graphing Tools Part 1

Nov. 2nd   

  • Graphing & Analyzing Data Using Microsoft Excel, Google Spreadhsheets, & Online Graphing Tools Part 2

Nov. 9th  

  • WebQuests & United Streaming in the Classroom

Nov. 16th   

  • Concept Mapping Using Inspiration

Nov. 23rd  

  • Thanksgiving—No Class—Enjoy!

Nov. 30th  

  • Video Editing Skills & Integration using MovieMaker 2

Dec. 7th   

  • Video Editing Skills & Integration using MovieMaker 2

Dec. 14th

  • Finals Week—Share Final Projects

 

 

 

ASSESSMENTS TO MEASURE LEARNER OUTCOMES

The following assessments will be used to evaluate your understanding of the objectives taught in this course.

 

Note:  Assignments are  subject to change.  Late assignments are not accepted without prior approval.

 

Assessments for Learning Outcomes

Points

Percentage

In Class Quizzes & Activities  (13 x 10 pts each)

Note:  In class points are only earned if you are present for class. 

130 pts

 

Assignments relating to readings  (6 x 10 pts each)

60 pts

 10%

Assignments

q     Publisher Newsletter (50 pts)

q     PowerPoint Project (50 pts)

q     Resource Track (25 pts)

q     Microsoft Excel Assignment (50 pts)

q     Web Quest  Assignment (25 pts)

q     United Streaming Assignment (15 pts)

q     Concept Mapping (25 pts)

q     Rubric Assessment (25 pts)

q     Video Editing  Assignment (50 pts)

 

340pts

 56%

Final Technology Integrated Lesson (100 pts)

100 pts

17%

 

 

 

Total Points Possible

600 pts

100%

 

 

GRADING SCALE

Letter Grade

Percentage

Grade Point Value

A

94-100

4.0

A-

90-93

3.7

B+

87-89

3.3

B

83-86

3.0

B-

80-82

2.7

C+

77-79

2.3

C

73-76

2.0

C-

70-72

1.7

D+

67-69

1.3

D

63-66

1.0

D-

60-62

0.7

F

0-59

0.0

 

 

To determine the final course grade, I will take your total points earned divided by the total points possible.

 

 

GRADE APPEALS

Should a student have concerns or complaints about the way grading is handled in this class, s/he should follow the steps of the official review process as stated on page 46 in the GBC General Catalog.  Students should keep their graded work until the end of the semester when final grades are available in case there is any discrepancy in grades.

 

GENERAL EDUCATION OBJECTIVES

 

Communications Skills Objective:

 

·         Students will be responsible for projects involving oral and written forms of communication, including in-class presentations and web-based discussions.  Written components will be evaluated on content, grammar, and spelling.

·         Extensive in-class and online discussions will be evaluated on evidence of:  insight, quest for knowledge, and reflection.

 

 

Critical Thinking Objectives

 

Quantitative Ability Element

  • Students will design Excel spreadsheets that include various formulas for use in a K-8 curriculum.
  • Students will analyze and evaluate software used in the K-8 curriculum.

 

Reasoning and Independent Thought Element:

  • Students will conduct research using online resources and will evaluate information found.  They will build a hotlist of educational sites for a unit.  They will learn effective Internet search techniques.
  • Students will develop rubrics to assess their lessons and projects.

 

In a final project:

  • Students will create a technology-integrated lesson to be used to address specific standards.  The students will determine the design and content of the presentation.
  • Students will incorporate technology tools & skills addressed throughout the course.
  • Students will design this lesson so it includes all of the important components of a unit including standards, objectives, and assessment.

 

Scientific Understanding Element:

  • Students will tie in widely accepted learning theories with the use of technology in the classroom.

 

 
 
Personal and Cultural Awareness Objective

 

Sense of Individual in Society Element:

  • Students will evaluate and explore programs and peripherals that address the use of technology for students with special needs.
  • Students will consider their role as teachers facilitating the use of technology in their teaching
  • Students will discuss the characteristics of quality education & develop differentiated instruction activities.

 

 

Sense of the Past Element

·         Students will discuss the history of computer use in the classroom and the differing attitudes toward computer use by students, teachers, and administrators

 

Sense of Accountability Element:

·         Students will discuss aspects of computer ethics as they deal with classroom use.  These will include software licenses, use of the Internet, copyright issues, and privacy issues.

 

Appreciation of Fine Arts Element:

·         Students will incorporate standard graphic design guidelines into their Livetext portfolio systems & electronic presentations.

 

Personal Wellness Element:

·         Students will discuss potential problems with computer use including online safety for students.

 

Technological Understanding Objective

 

·         Students will gain experience using computer hardware, productivity software, educational software, and various peripheral devices such as the digital camera and scanner.

·         Students will gain knowledge of the social and cultural impact of technology in education.

 

 

 

 

 

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY

Great Basin College is dedicated to education.  Therefore, the college demands a high level of scholarly behavior and academic honesty.  No form of academic dishonesty is acceptable.  If two or more students turn in the same assignments, punitive measures as described in the Rules and Disciplinary Procedures for Members of the University Community will be enforced.

 

COMPUTER LAB USE

The computer labs are provided as a service to students. Use of a computer lab is a privilege, not a right.  Users must refrain from doing anything that annoys others or disrupts their education. The computer lab cannot be used for non-college work.  If you notice anyone violating this policy of the computer lab, notify one of the lab assistants or a faculty member immediately.

 

Expect to use the lab often.  Some software is available only on certain computers in the lab.  There are several hours each week when a lab assistant monitors the lab.

 

Computer Lab Rules

  1. Computer lab use is restricted to authorized individuals:  students, faculty, and staff with appropriate logins.
  2. Logins are issued to individual users and ARE NOT to be used by anyone else.
  3. Food and drink are prohibited while in a computer lab.  Items may be left on a table outside of a lab.
  4. Children are allowed in the labs only if they are enrolled in a course offered specifically for them.
  5. Internet access is to be used for class-related work only.  Internet activities will be randomly monitored.
  6. Computer labs are for students to use for class-related work only.
  7. Copying of ANY software is prohibited without prior authorization.
  8. No ringing cellular phones in the lab.

 

AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT (ADA) STATEMENT

Great Basin College is committed to providing equal educational opportunities to qualified students with disabilities in accordance with state and federal laws and regulations, including the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504 Rehabilitation Act of 1973.  A qualified student must furnish current verification of disability.  The ADA Officer, located in Berg Hall, will assist qualified students with disabilities in securing the appropriate and reasonable accommodations, auxiliary aids, and services.  For more information or further assistance, please call 775-753-2271.