Great Basin College

Course Syllabus

COT 210 Technology and Media in Education

Spring 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 107

 

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, (3rd Edition).  Boston:  Course Technology 

 

 

REQUIRED WEB-BASED ELECTRONIC PORTFOLIO SOFTWARE

College LiveText edu Solutions:  Electronic Portfolio Web-based software

 

 

LEARNER OUTCOMES

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

      Use technology to facilitate traditional teaching by improving efficiency

      Utilize technology to teach state standards

      Develop an electronic portfolio utilizing a web-based program

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

      Understand some common computer terminology

      Describe common hardware components found in classrooms

      Utilize computers for students with special needs

      Decide whether new software is compatible with classroom computers

      Evaluate educational software

      Conduct effective searches on the Internet

      Send and receive e-mail

      Conduct online discussions with classmates

      Use common software and learn classroom applications for:

o        File management

o        Word processing

o        Creating spreadsheets with formulas

o        Electronic presentations

o        Web page design

o        Video editing

      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.

      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.

      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

Jan. 26th  

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

Feb. 2nd  

  • Microsoft Word & Publisher Skills & Integration

Feb. 9th  

  • PowerPoint Skills & Integration Pt 1

Feb. 16th  

  • PowerPoint Skills & Integration Pt. 2

Feb. 23rd  

  • LiveText 

March 2nd  

  • Share PowerPoint Projects
  • Google and Track It!:  Effective Search Techniques & TrackStar

March 9th  

  • Digital Photography Skills/Integration & Photo Story

March 16th  

  • Digital Animation using Gif Animator
  • Rubrics

March 23rd  

  • Graphing & Analyzing Data Using Microsoft Excel

March 30th  

  • Spring BreakEnjoy Your Break!

 

April 6th

  • WebQuests & United Streaming in the Classroom

April 13th  

  • Concept Mapping Using Inspiration

April 20th

  • Integrating Technology & Differentiated Instruction

April 27th

  • Web Page Design & Integration

May 4th  

  • Video Editing Skills & Integration

Dec. 11th

  • Video Editing Skills & Integration
  • Integrated Technology Lesson Due

Dec. 18th

Finals WeekShare Technology Integrated Lesson

 

 

 

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.

 

Assessments for Learning Outcomes

Points

Percentage

In Class Activities  (10 x 10 pts each)

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

100 pts

17%

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 Assignment (50 pts)

q     Rubric Assessment (25 pts)

q     Video Editing  OR Web 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

 

Reasoning and Independent Thought Element:

 

In a final project:

 

Scientific Understanding Element:

 

 
 
Personal and Cultural Awareness Objective

 

Sense of Individual in Society Element:

 

 

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 electronic portfolios and 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.