Appendix 5: sample syllabus.course profile





Instructor:     Anthony Foster

Textbook:      None: Readings from Internet and course website authored by instructor.




This course introduces the student to the many uses of microcomputers in education. Topics include introduction to computer technology, software selection, developing computer literacy in children and applying computer technology as a teaching tool. Applications for word processing and multimedia are covered. This course is currently an elective in teacher education and is not required for teacher certification. Please check with an advisor to determine transferability.


GOALS: Upon completion of the course, the student will meet the following educational technology foundations standards:


A. Basic Computer/Technology Operations and Concepts.


I .  Demonstrate through application an understanding of how a computer functions, operate related peripheral devices, and  use a variety of software packages.

2.   Students will use terminology related to computers and technology appropriately in written and oral communications.

3.   Students will describe and implement  BASIC troubleshooting techniques for multimedia computer systems with related peripheral devices.

4.   Students will use imaging devices such as scanners, digital cameras, and/or video cameras with computer systems and software.

5.     Students will demonstrate knowledge of uses of computers and technology in a learning environment by completing sample lesson plans


B. Personal and Professional Use of Technology.


Students will apply tools for enhancing their own professional growth and productivity. They will use technology in communicating, collaborating, conducting research, and solving problems. In addition, they will plan and participate in activities that encourage lifelong learning and will promote equitable, ethical, and  legal use of computer/technology resources.

Students will:

1.   use productivity tools for word processing, database management or spreadsheet applications.

2.   apply productivity tools for creating multimedia presentations.

3.   use computer‑based technologies  to access information and enhance personal and professional productivity.

4.   use computers to support problem solving, data collection/research, information management, communications, presentations, and decision making.

5.   demonstrate awareness of resources for adaptive assistive devices for students with special needs.

6.   demonstrate knowledge of equity, ethics, legal, and human issues concerning use of computers and technology.

7.   identify computer and related technology resources for facilitating lifelong learning and emerging roles of the learner and the educator.

8.   observe demonstrations or uses of distance learning applications.







C.    Application of Technology in Instruction. Candidates will apply computers and related technologies to support instruction directed towards a variety of age groups. They must plan and deliver instructional units that integrate a variety of software, applications, and learning tools. Lessons developed must reflect effective grouping and assessment strategies for diverse populations.


Students will


I .   explore, evaluate, and use computer/technology resources including applications, tools, educational software and associated documentation.

2.    describe  and implement current instructional principles, research, and appropriate assessment practices as related to the use of computers and technology resources in the curriculum.

3.    design, deliver and assess student learning activities that integrate computers/technology for a variety of student grouping strategies and for diverse student populations.

4.    design student leaming activities that foster equitable, ethical, and legal use of technology by students.

5.   practice responsible, ethical and legal use of technology, information, and software resources.





Possible enabling tasks students will engage in:


A.        Demonstrate a particular function of a multimedia equipped computer

B.         Utilize a word processing program, a database program or power point to create an instructional unit.

 C.         Build a collaborative (group) resource site for a particular discipline or grade level within student area of Blackboard.

D.        Explore strategies for using computers with children

E.         Name the microcomputer components and explain their functions

F .        Operate the computer peripherals successfully and explain their functions

G .       Discuss microcomputer applications in the classroom

H .       Create a lesson plan or outline at least three classroom applications for a piece of multimedia software

I .         Design a lesson using power point as an instructional tool

J .         Evaluate the appropriateness of identified software for children from K-12

K .       Plan series of computer activities for children from K-12

L.         Define effective computer teaching techniques with children of various ages

M.        Discuss the adaptive devices presently available for making computers more available to special needs individuals

N .       Use an electronic gradebook

0.         Create an html document. Successfully publish to the Internet

P .        Review a recent journal article  or web resource pertaining to using computers in schools

Q.             Develop a computer‑based portfolio demonstrating skills learned during this class

R.             Participate in online discussion forum and /or course listserv

S.              Utilize the internet as a resource for research.

T.              Discuss copyright, legal and ethical issues

U.             Participate in critique/assessment sessions



ADA ‑Statement


Any student in this class who needs special testing arrangements, notetaking or other

accommodations, please feel free to discuss this with me.


The Access Office guides, counsels and assists students with disabilities. If you have

accommodation needs (EXAMPLES: seating closer to the front of the class, a notetaker, extended­ time for testing or any other approved accommodation), please make an appointment during the first week of classes to speak to me.





This schedule is subject to change at the discretion of the instructor in order to accommodate

instructional and/or student needs. It is the student's responsibility to keep abreast of such changes.










Goal addressed


Deliverables / assignments / checkpoints


Week 1

 A1, 3, B7, C1, 2

Computers in Education overview
Computer Literacy 101

Hands on with hardware



No Class




Week 2

 A1,2, B1, C1, 5

Productivity & Information Management:
Word Processing

Word Processing assignment on computer hardware saved as html


Week 3

 A1, B3,4, C1

Productivity & Course Management:
Blackboard 101

Assignment of course management shells


Week 4

 A1, B3,4, C1, 5

Productivity & Course Management:
Blackboard 102

Students enrolled in each others' group courses

Begin shell population per rubric


Week 5

 A1, 2, B1,3,7, C1, 3, 5

Instructional computing pedagogies
Learning Theories & Computer Technology

Course information site review/critique



No Class




Week 6

 A1, 2, B1,2, C1, 3, 4, 5

Presentation Technology & Multimedia-Powerpoint  et. al.

Discussion board journal entries

Hands on lab with Powerpoint


Week 7

 A1, 2,3,4, B2, C1, 4,5

Digital Graphics and multimedia-hardware and software

Image capture lab exercise/Powerpoint project due- 10 minute presentation



No Class




Week 8

 B1, 3,4,7,8, C1, 2, 3, 5

Information Technology & Connectivity

Computer networks in the schools
Introduction to the Internet in all its glory

Search engine scavenger hunt

Offline resource review posted

Bookmark file posted



Week 9

 A2, B1, 3,4,5,8, C1, 2, 3,5

Integration Strategies for Web-based Technology

Discussion board journal entries

Webquest reviews posted


Week 10

 A2, B1,5,7,8, C1, 3,5

Distance Learning Alternatives/Access

Observation assignment/discussion board


Week 11

 A1, B3,4,6,8, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Best Practices for Using Technology in the classroom 101

Work on group Blackboard resource

Discussion of ethics, etc.



Week 12

 A1, B3,4,8, C1, 3, 4, 5

Best Practices for Using Technology in the classroom 102

Work on group Blackboard resource


Week 13

 A5, B3,4,7,8, 1, 3, 4, 5

Managing Computer Technology

Leveraging reality against vision

Unit lesson plans due each added to group course


Week 14

 B1,3,4.8, C1, 3, 4, 5

Project Presentations

Web based research posted


Week 15



Exit Assessment

The following assignments will facilitate the construction of learning by providing real world learning environments where students will have to apply what they are learning on a collaborative and individual basis . They will learn to use some of  the same tools the course instructor uses to manage the course learning environment in the process . They will in paxis and application become managers of their own portfolio  of course resources which in themselves will be part of  a useable resource for their future instruction. Students will also be enrolled in group units  in which they will play the role of the student- taking student created quizzes.


Assignment #1 One Page Essay- this will be created in a word processor and saved as html to be incorporated into the student portfolio area of the course site.


Assignment #2 Discussion participation- Several prompt questions will be posted to the course discussion board. You will be required to reflect and journal here. I will review your input in the course discussion area. Topics include ethics, pedagogy and strategic planning and critiques/discussion of peer work.


Assignment #3 Web Based  Resource Review and associated bookmarks and descriptors will be posted to course Blackboard site  ............................................................. 20 points


Assignment #4 Quiz- this will cover the basics of computer hardware and system literacy.- a web based quiz you will take online....................................................................... 20 points


Assignment #5 PowerPoint Presentation  Powerpoint is a full fledged multimedia application in its current iteration. You will create a classroom presentation................... 40 points


Assignment #6 Unit Lesson Plans - You will use computer software as a member of a group to actually construct a group unit lesson plan that utilizes computer technology in a practical way-  Sections will be assigned and the presentation of the unit will be posted to the group course site you are assigned to. Students  in group A will  be enrolled as students in Group B's course and vice versa............. 100 points


Assignment #8 Portfolio - this is the individual work you have posted to the course and group sites................ 100 points


Assignment #9 Group resource site - this is cumulative the fruit of your collaborative efforts- grading will follow a provided rubric- Course Blackboard site will be the collection/ management point........................................................................................... 50 points














TOTAL .................................................................................


A= 206‑230


C= 160‑182


F=136 and Below


Attendance is REQUIRED. Missing Class will lower your grade one full letter grade. Please talk with me

regarding any class you MUST miss.Week I- Operating system


File management

System commands



Week III: Applications: Word Processing

Creating and formatting a document


Entering and manipulating text

Use spell checker and thesaurus





Teaching children to use a word



Using a word processor write a document (one page)

and save

Use spell checker and thesaurus

Save corrected document, using a new name

Week I: Computer Hardware

Inside the microcomputer

Four fundamental components

of the computer

Computer hardware








Week VI: Data Base (continued)

Create a grade book

Data base inquiries and sorting

Applications in the classroom

Week IV: Use of word processing in classroom

Letters, portfolios, and other uses

Week V: Introduction to Data Base

Create and modify a data base

Play solitaire

Label computer parts on diagram

Answer test questions on the computer about the

computer's hardware

Fonnat a disk

Load a program

Save the program using a new name

Answer test questions on the computer about the

computer's operating system

Using a word processor write a document using

Kids Work H

Write a one page paper on using word processing

in schools. Use spell check, thesaurus and save

Using a word processor write a paper explaining

how to create and modify a data base

Create a data base and save

Modify the data base and save

Do assigned data base inquiries

Do assigned data base sorting

Using a word processor write a paper explaining

applications for the classroom