Foundations of Computer Technology

CT 550

Thomas College Division of Graduate Studies

FALL Trimester 2002

MS-CTE Cohort 10

 

 

Instructor: Prof. Judy Hansen-Childers

Office: Room 209

Office Hours:

Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 9 10 AM

Tuesday & Thursday: 9:20 AM 10:20 AM

Tuesday: 1:30 2:30 PM

You are welcome to drop by at other times or make an appointment !

Office Phone: 859-1335

Home Phone: 582-7632

E-Mail: hansenj@thomas.edu

Snow Phone / Cancellation Line: 859-1140

 

Meeting Times:

Classes will meet in Room 126 from 6:00 PM to 9:30 PM on Thursday evenings beginning September 12th.

Texts - REQUIRED:

Using Technology in the Classroom by Gary Bitter and Melissa Pierson(Allyn and Bacon)

Technology for Teaching by Priscilla Norton and Debra Sprague (Allyn and Bacon)

Other Materials:

At least two or more formatted 3 High Density floppy disks.

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

This course is an introduction to technology and the personal computer. Students will get a hands-on, working knowledge of computer hardware and its terminology. They will also gain experience with several software applications that may lead to increased effectiveness in the classroom. Personal Information Management software, groupware, ANGEL, e-mail, the Internet, web pages and their use within the educational environment will be examined.

COURSE OBJECTIVES:

By the end of the course, the student should:

    • understand the operation of and be able to use ANGEL effectively.
    • be able to create a web page using HTML.
    • be able to create a dynamic multimedia presentation using PowerPoint.
    • be able to send and receive e-mail attachments with ease.
    • understand what computer technology, the Internet and application software can and cannot do to enhance education.
    • understand the terminology, functions and concepts of computer hardware.
    • be able to identify and replace basic computer components.
    • be able to build their own personal computer system on paper.
    • understand the basic concepts of troubleshooting computer systems.

 

 

ASSIGNMENTS AND GRADING:

Prior to each class students will have assigned readings from the texts, online sources, and/or handouts. In-class projects and written assignments will be added to each student's on-line portfolio as completed.

 

The student's grade will be based on class participation, in addition to the completion and quality of their on-line portfolio. 

SYLLABUS ALERT!!

This is a dynamic document. Check the schedule frequently for additions. As this is a dynamic and rapidly changing field, I often run across something interesting during the course and add it on. J

 

 

Important Links

ANGEL

 

E-Mail the Graduate Office

 

Thomas College Homepage

 

Portfolio Requirements

 

STUDENT PORTFOLIOS

 

SCHEDULE

DATE

TOPICS

Class 1

9/12 At TC

Course Overview

Knowledge Evaluation

ANGEL

The Computer System

Personal Information Management Software

E-Mail and Attachments

 

 

Class 2

9/19 At TC

Introduction to the Internet and WWW (Chapter 3, Bitter)

Internet 101: The Basics (Chapter 4, Bitter)

Metacrawler      Dogpile Alta Vista Yahoo Google Vivisimo

 

 

Class 3

9/26 At TC

Internet 102: More Advanced (Chapter 9, Bitter)

Creating Web Pages with HTML http://www.smartcomputing.com/editorial/stoc.asp?guid=s659lzmi&vol=6&iss=9&type=3

HTML PRIMER

Introduction to Email Discussion Groups and Usenet Newsgroups

 

 

Class 4

10/3 - Online

Online Research

TOPICS FOR RESEARCH

Class 5

10/10 - Online

Software Applications for Education (Chapter 2, 4, 5, Norton; Chapter 2, Bitter )

Class 6

10/17 - Online

Using Multimedia (Chapter 16, Bitter; Chapter 8, Norton)

Class 7

10/24 At TC

Educational Software (Chapter 7 & 8, Bitter)

NO CLASS ON HALLOWEEN NIGHT, 10/31

Class 8

11/7 - Online

Distance Education (Chapter 10, Bitter)

Class 9

11/14 At TC

Emerging Technologies (Chapter 5, Bitter; Chapter 10, Norton)

Portfolio Work

Class 10

11/21 At TC

Portfolio Work

Class 11

12/5 At TC

Portfolio Presentations

    Last Updated: October 3, 2002
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