Discussions. - 15% - We will be reading three articles over
the nine weeks of class. After you read each article you will
logon to Blackboard and
write one original posting and respond to two other postings. At
the end of the course, you would minimally have three original
postings and six responding postings - of course feel free to post as
often as you wish.
#1. Autobiography. - 15% - This project
will be prepared with the word processor Word (or other equivalent
word processing package). You will draft and revise a Personal
History of Microcomputer Use, a historical sketch to be documented
from your own personal experiences. Your tale should let me know
how you first came to use microcomputers and how your use of them has
changed over the last few years. The history should be written
using narrative prose; like telling a folk-tale or a story. Tell
your story the way it is!
#2. Specialized Bookmarks. - 10% - You will
create a specialized bookmark’s page for your students to use in
Netscape (can also be used in Explorer). This will provided your
students with structured access to the World Wide Web (WWW). You
will be asked to find resources that your students will use related to
a curricular topic of your choice.
#3. Database. - 15% - This project will be
prepared with a version of the Access database (or equivalent DB).
This project's focus is to develop a student learning environment.
Create a database application that would be of use to enrich your
students' learning. Typical examples of databases useful in
instruction are: inquiry into inventions, classification used in
zoology, or research into the universe. Use a word processor to
write a learning activity on the topic of your database.
#4. Spreadsheet. - 15% - This project will be
prepared with the Excel spreadsheet (or equivalent SS). This
project is to be a student learning environment. Create a
spreadsheet application that would enrich your students'
learning. A typical example of spreadsheet application useful in
instruction are: laying out and understanding data from an
experiment, examining data and drawing conclusions from a survey, or
exploring a mathematical application. Use a word processor to write a
learning activity on the topic of your spreadsheet.
#5. Connecting Curriculum and Technology. - 30%
- You can use a unit you currently use in your teaching or create the
framework for a unit you will use in your teaching that show the
topic/activity sequence of your unit and the links to the NETS
Grade Level Performance Indicators (click Standards for
Students on the left then Profiles for Technology Literate
Students) and the Illinois