Covers basic computer literacy, including Microsoft Office, popular alternate productivity suites (e.g. Google Docs), use of the world-wide-web, and security, privacy, responsibility and ethics in a technological and online world. Also introduces future teachers to educational software, apps, devices, resources, and the pedagogy of technology Integration. Includes the development of an electronic portfolio which demonstrate various ways of incorporating technology in the classroom environment. This course is designed as the first course in Instructional Technology for the early childhood and pre-education student and fulfills the HFC Institutional Outcome in Computer Technology.
Goals, Topics, and Objectives
- Computer and technological devices
- Operating systems and file/folder structure, organization and access
- Use of classroom technology to enhance student learning and classroom management
- Productivity software suites
- Communication and collaboration
- Development of digital age learning activities that facilitate and inspire student learning and creativity with appropriate assessments
- Digital citizenship, responsibility, privacy and ethics, including copyright and fair use.
- Multimedia and visual learning
- American with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Special Needs
- Professional growth and leadership
- Operate basic computer/tablet/smartboard LCD hardware, including input, output, and storage devices.
- Perform file management tasks, including finding, organizing, saving, copying, and printing files.
- Use basic word processing functions to prepare documents that incorporate a variety of formatting options.
- Locate information on the Internet, identify appropriate search terms, download files, and use a search engine effectively.
- Prepare a spreadsheet that would be used in an educational setting and incorporate basic formulas and a variety of formatting options.
- Create and view a slideshow using basic presentation software functions.
- Create lesson plans and rubrics that demonstrate effective technology integration into the pre-K through grade 12 classroom based on established pedagogical approaches.
- Use technology to demonstrate effective teacher-to-the-student, and teacher-to-parent, and student-to-student communication and collaboration e.g. send/open e-mail and attachments, eportfolio, web site/blog, social media, messaging, learning management systems (LMS), classroom management platforms.
- Identify issues and recommendations related to computer/technology ethics, responsibility and netiquette.
- Recognize common threats to computer security, malware, and privacy, such as viruses, phishing, and identity theft; and identify methods of prevention.
- Create and host a multimedia video.
- Utilize technology to design and create visual diagrams/mind maps.
- Create and host a web site.
- Create an educational portfolio.
- Explain the importance of the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) and accommodations for students with special needs in education and computer/technological considerations related to it.
This course also addresses the standards for educator standards as defined by the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE). Upon successful completion of this course, future teachers will be the following:
- Educators continually improve their practice by learning from and with others and exploring proven and promising practices that leverage technology to improve student learning.
- Educators seek out opportunities for leadership to support student empowerment and success and to improve teaching and learning.
- Educators inspire students to positively contribute to and responsibly participate in the digital world.
- Educators dedicate time to collaborate with both colleagues and students to improve practice, discover and share resources and ideas, and solve problems.
- Educators design authentic, learner-driven activities and environments that recognize and accommodate learner variability.
- Educators facilitate learning with technology to support student achievement of the ISTE Standards for Students.
- Educators understand and use data to drive their instruction and support students in achieving their learning goals.
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Assessment and Requirements
Assessment of academic achievement will include, but is not limited to, quizzes, projects, construction of a web site, and an electronic portfolio of course work and artifacts demonstrating computer and technological literacy and pedagogically-based integration of technology in the pre-K through grade 12 classroom and environment.
- Computer Technology
- Computer Technology