Computer Information Systems (CIS) 220E            

Computers and Teaching

3 semester hours                                                                                  

Prerequisite - Education 211 (Introduction to Education)

Required materials:  Subscription to Livetext either purchased from the bookstore or purchased online.

 

Instructor:        Ren Bryan

Office:               Powell 308                    Home Phone:   227-0293            email:   bryanr@elon.edu

Office Hours:     7:30-8:30 Monday and Wednesday and other times by appointment (in lab)

Campus Box:    2332

 

Course Goals:

CIS 220 provides an introduction to the role of technology in teaching and learning in K-12 schools.  The course provides opportunities for students to develop basic skills in using technology and in selecting and applying technology appropriately to enhance teacher productivity and student learning.

 

Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of this course the student will be able to:

  1. exhibit competency in the use of the microcomputer, peripheral equipment, and software programs that include works programs, telecommunications, multimedia authoring tools, teacher productivity programs, and curriculum based software.
  2. identify strategies for appropriate integration of technology into the K-12 curriculum.
  3. identify the goals and objectives of the North Carolina K-12 Computer/Technology Skills Curriculum.
  4. identify appropriate print, online, and human resources including periodicals, professional organizations, catalogs, internet sites, conferences, and support personnel and materials at the school, system, and state levels.
  5. demonstrate the skills necessary to effectively evaluate internet resources and commercial software for its appropriateness in an educational setting. 
  6. demonstrate an understanding of the societal and ethical issues involved with the use of computers.
  7. demonstrate an understanding of the National Educational Technology Standards for Teachers.

 

 

The skills that you acquire in this course will be skills useful to you in other methods courses, as well as provide you with effective presentation skills.

Course Topic

CIS 220

Learning Outcomes

NC K-12 Computer Skills Curriculum topic strand

National Educational Technology Standards for Teachers

Basic computer operations, use of network resources, saving, printing, etc.

1

Societal issues

1

Internet search strategies, evaluating internet sites, citing internet resources

2-7

Telecommunications

Societal issues

2,3,5,6

Drawing, painting, and graphics editing programs, digital camera

1-4

Multimedia/Desktop Publishing

2,3

Spreadsheet program to create charts and graphs

1-4

Spreadsheet

5

Programs for creating multimedia presentations

2-4

Multimedia

2

Spreadsheet program for calculations/gradebooks

2-4

Spreadsheet

5

Database program

2-4

Databases

5

Webpage design

2-6

Telecommunications/multimedia

2

Word processing advanced techniques

2-4

Desktop publishing/keyboarding

2,3

Internet child safety

3-6

Societal Ethical

6

Copyright and fair use guidelines

3-6

Societal Ethical

6

Evaluating software for school use

5

Societal Ethical

6

School TV resources

4

 

3

Technology Equity issues

3-6

Societal Ethical

6

Graphic organizer

2-4

Multimedia

3

Internet collaborative projects

3-7

Telecommunications

2,3

 

Rationale for Computers and Teaching in the Teacher Education Program

·         Your students need to know about and be able to use technology.  The North Carolina State Board of Education has mandated a Standard Course of Study which includes a Computer Skills Curriculum, as well as an Information Skills Curriculum for students in grades K-12.  Like many states, the North Carolina standards are aligned with the National Educational Technology Standards for Students.  Your practicum experiences in education will be in North Carolina schools and this course will insure that you will be able to do what the state requires of students in grades K-12, but that you are also familiar with the curriculum.

·         You, as a teacher, need to know and be able to use technology.  North Carolina requires anyone seeking an initial teaching license to demonstrate mastery of technology competencies, which include basic skills and the ability to use them effectively in teaching and learning.  The technology standards for teachers are the same national standards adopted by many states and are located at the National Educational Technology Standards for Teachers.

·         You will begin to apply the skills that you learn in this class to your other methods courses.  You will be required in future courses to use your technology skills to locate and create developmentally appropriate instructional strategies.

·         Your knowledge, skills, and dispositions are important to your success in the Elon teacher education program.  The mission of Teacher Education at Elon University is to prepare quality teachers who are knowledgeable, responsible and thoughtful professionals.”  The conceptual framework, ‘Thoughtful Practice in a Community of Learners,’ reflects the intention to create a learning environment in which teacher candidates inquire and collaborate to develop the knowledge, skills and dispositions for effective professional practice.”  In this course you will gain knowledge and skills in the use of technology and reflect on its appropriate, effective, and ethical use, not only in teaching and learning, but also in your professional interactions with students, parents, and colleagues.

 

Dispositions:  Engagement in Academic Work and the Learning Process

  • Dispositions Toward Professionalism
    • Contributes to group work,
    • Takes responsibility for his/her behavior and learning and seeks help when needed
    • Manages time, resources, materials, and assignments effectively
    • Adheres to professional and ethical standards of behavior
  • Dispositions Toward Inquiry
    • Reflects on teaching and learning
    • Considers and utilizes feedback
  • Dispositions Toward Knowledge
    • Actively pursues pedagogical and content knowledge
    • Strives for quality and completeness

 

Course Requirements and Grading:

10%      Class participation (attendance, attitude, involvement, willingness to give things a provisional try).  Attendance is expected at every class meeting because much of what we do in class will be hands-on activity that cannot be duplicated.  Participation in online discussion forums is also expected.

20%      Class work will include a variety of activities that will demonstrate your use of skills introduced in class (word processing, spreadsheet, database, presentation software).  All written assignments are to be completed using a word processor (typed or handwritten work will not be accepted).  All work turned in for credit should be carefully proofread and spell-checked.  Deadlines will be announced for each assignment and there will be a penalty for late work.  Absence on the day that an assignment is due will not be an excuse for missing a deadline because all work can be posted to the Digital Drop Box for this class.

15%      Annotated bibliography of websites useful in teaching.  The project will be competed over the course of the semester after instruction about how to locate, critically evaluate, and correctly cite the resources.  The bibliography will be created using iKeepBookmarks.

15%      Professional webpage to be used for communicating information to your prospective students

15%      Question of the Week essays.  Each week you will write a response to a prompt that has been discussed in class.   You will be given a variety of resources to use in formulating your response and those resources will be added to your Annotated Bibliography.

10%      Livetext will be used to assemble products that can be used in portfolio development

15%      Final exam.  All tests will include a written and a performance component.

(FINAL EXAM DATE Monday, Dec 12  6:30-9:30) 

 

It is expected that all academic work completed during the course and related activities will be done in compliance with the Elon Academic Honor Code and that it will guide your actions during the course.  Grading will be on a 10 point scale with the minimum average required for each letter grade as follows:

A(93), A-(90), B+(87), B(83), B-(80), C+(77), C(73), C-(70), D+(67), D(63), D-(60)

 

Computer Labs/Resources

Work outside of class will require you to have access to a computer and software, some of which will be available on the campus network.  All assignments will be created using cross-platform software, so that if you work on a Windows computer, the files will transfer to your network storage.  If you prefer to work in the Mooney lab, posted times when the lab is scheduled for classes and when it is open will be available in the lab.  By planning ahead, there should be ample time to complete assignments using available resources.