CAT 200-004: Computer Education Applications
                         Spring 2009
             Three (3) Undergraduate Cre...
Course Requirements

   •   The instructor is available during class and by appointment.
   •   Students are expected to s...
•   Safe, responsible, legal and ethical uses of technologies including fair-use and
       copyright guidelines .42(4)d(1...
•   demonstrate the ability to select appropriate reading and research materials
       from sources like the Alabama Virt...
•   Use your elearning Mail account to communicate with the instructor and your

Submitting Assignme...
Problem Solving

                  •   Quiz 3: Chapter
                  •   Assignment 5:        ...
Attendance Policy

Attendance is required for first group meeting and specific dates assigned by your
instructor. You are ...
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  1. 1. CAT 200-004: Computer Education Applications Spring 2009 Three (3) Undergraduate Credit Hour Instructor: Chris Inman Office Hours: By appointment Phone: 256-318-2090 Office: 227 Graves Hall Email: (Email me at any time, either using my email address or through our CAT 200 course in E-Learning.) Program Coordinator: Dr. Margaret Rice Office: 204 Wilson Phone: 205-348-1165 Email: Course Catalog Description including all Prerequisites • Computer Applications in Education • Includes Problem Solving using hardware and software **SPECIAL NOTE: ALL Special Education and Kinesiology students are required to purchase LiveText for this course. Students should purchase the Discovery Education Streaming edition, either online at, or at the UA SupeStore. Conceptual Framework Preparation of Professionals as Reflective Practitioners and Ethical Decision Makers: Experiences in academic programs are devoted to developing individuals' understanding of knowledge construction, learning, pedagogy, and responsible professional practice in the contexts of education. The University of Alabama's College of Education seeks to prepare professionals who value and demonstrate reflective practice and ethical decision making through respecting diversity, honoring difference, and promoting social justice. Course Overview This course is the second course of the CAT sequence. In this course, students will gain cognitive knowledge of advanced applications of current and emerging instructional technologies in a variety of settings and in the context of various fields of study and job environments. Course Methods Throughout the course students are asked to reflect on their beliefs about technology in teaching, participate in authentic learning tasks, develop instructional materials for classroom use, and critically examine their work.
  2. 2. Course Requirements • The instructor is available during class and by appointment. • Students are expected to spend sufficient time in and out of class to achieve the stated outcomes. • Students may work in the computer lab during their assigned application (class) time in Graves Hall 109 or outside of class time where space allows. Lab Rules • No cell phone use is permitted. Please go into the hall to use your phone. • No food or drink allowed in the classroom. • There is a 20 page per day printing limit. • Graves Hall 109 is an Open Lab, meaning that any student from any college on campus may work in the computer lab. • The Lab Assistants in the computer labs are there only to provide technical assistance. • Check the schedules outside the computer labs to see when the labs are open. • This course is based on several important assumptions, including that the student will be expected to: • o complete all competencies to complete this class. o assume personal responsibility for completing the Information/Instructions/Reading required for each topic to acquire the knowledge and/or skills covered in the topic. o have mastered the basic use of computers and have a general working knowledge of hardware and operating systems o have mastered the basic skills associated with tool software o accept responsibility for acquiring assumed skills if, for some reason, prerequisite experience didn't include basic skills Course Objectives and Student Outcomes Course objectives are designed to further prepare tomorrow's professionals to use technology in their chosen careers professionally and efficiently and to enhance teaching and learning. The objectives are aligned with the International Society of Technology in Education's (ISTE), National Educational Technology Standards (NETS) and NCATE. NETS/ALSDE Technology Standards: Knowledge of: • Strategies to identify and evaluate technology resources and technical assistance available within the school and district . .42(4)d(1)i • Available and emerging technologies that support the learning of all students.QTS(3)(c)4.(i) • The Wide range of technologies that support and enhance instruction, including classroom and school resources as well as distance learning and online learning opportunities(QTS(3)(c)4.(ii) • Strategies for developing and implementing a classroom management plan to ensure equitable and effective student access to available technology resources .42(4)d(1)iii
  3. 3. • Safe, responsible, legal and ethical uses of technologies including fair-use and copyright guidelines .42(4)d(1)iv;QTS(5)(c)5.(ii) • Characteristics of appropriate and effective learner-centered lessons and units that integrate technology .42(4)d(1)v • Technology tools for instruction, student assessment, management, reporting purposes, and communication with parents/guardians of students including but not limited to word processing, databases, spreadsheets, graphics programs, internet, and email .42(4)d(1)vi • How to facilitate students' individual and collaborative use of technologies to locate, collect, create, produce, communicate, and present information . 42(4)d(1)vii • The variety and application of technologies that are sensitive to diversity, learning styles and special needs of all students .42(4)d(1)viii • Processes and criteria for evaluating students' technology proficiency and students' technology based products within content area learning .42(4)d(1)ix • The resources for enhancing professional growth using technology .42(4)d(1)x • Media communication technologies to enrich learning opportunities QTS(3)(c)1. (iii) Ability to: • Identify and evaluate technology resources and technical assistance . 42(4)d(2)i • Assess advantages and limitations of current and emerging technologies, on-line resources and software to facilitate teaching and student learning . 42(4)d(2)ii • Use technology to enhance professional growth . 42(4)d(2)x Students will: • have knowledge of how to encourage use of technology as a learning tool • identify the benefits of technology to maximize learning and facilitate higher order thinking skills • demonstrate the ability to use a variety of current materials, technologies, and media • demonstrate a sound understanding of productivity and communication software and be proficient in required use to enhance learning, increase productivity, and promote creativity • identify available technology resources and analyze how accessibility to those resources affects planning for technology use and instruction • understand the ethical, cultural, and societal issues related to technology • practice responsible use of technology systems, information, and software • use telecommunications to collaborate, publish, and interact with peers, experts, and other audiences • design technology-enriched learning activities that connect content standards with student technology standards and meet the diverse needs of students • use a variety of media and formats to communicate information and ideas effectively to multiple audiences
  4. 4. • demonstrate the ability to select appropriate reading and research materials from sources like the Alabama Virtual Library and traditional Internet sites based on the students' interests, abilities, and grade levels • demonstrate the ability to use Microsoft Word, Power Point, and other applications to prepare resumes, classroom papers, lesson plans/training, resources, and other assigned work Course Texts and Readings Lever-Duffy, J., McDonald, J.B., & Mizell, A.P. (2005).Teaching and Learning with Technology (3rd Edition). Boston: Allyn and Bacon.( ISBN: 0-205-43048-1) **SPECIAL NOTE: ALL Special Education and Kinesiology students are required to purchase LiveText for this course. Assignments, Related Requirements, and Due Dates NOTE: All assignments/products are to be submitted via Elearning Mail and or the Submit Assignments tool unless otherwise indicated. Select Due Dates to refer to submission of assignments. Late Work Submission Policy If an assignment is submitted the day after the due date, 5 points will be deducted. If an assignment is submitted 2 days after the due day, 10 points will be deducted. After 2 days, no late assignments will be accepted without a valid excuse (illness, family illness, family emergency, etc.). The same rule applies to quizzes. Quiz Grades During the semester, students will take 6 online, timed quizzes. Each quiz covers a specific chapter of your textbook (Example: Quiz 1 covers Chapter 1 of your textbook), however some questions from other chapters may also appear. Your lowest quiz score will be dropped. Class Attendance You must attend class on the dates specified in the Class Meetings section of this course. Points (20 points) are given per attendance. Class Communication The instructor will send email messages to the class. The instructor expects the students to use the Discussion Board to communicate with classmates concerning questions, issues and comments about assignments in this course. Elearning Mail:
  5. 5. • Use your elearning Mail account to communicate with the instructor and your classmates. Submitting Assignments: Submit assignments via the Attach files tool or via elearning Mail. • Keep a copy of every assignment submitted, in case the instructor has a problem receiving or opening a message or attachment. • You may be required to resubmit an assignment, so keep copies of all assignments! Make-Up Policy All assignments/products are due by 11:30 pm on the due date in the course calendar. Points will be deducted for assignments submitted after the due date. If you are unable to complete the assignment/product because of illness, provide a doctor's excuse to request an extension. If you have extenuating circumstances other than illness, contact me to discuss your circumstances; extensions will be made on an individual case-by-case basis at the discretion of the professor. Written Assignments: All materials for the course should be carefully prepared, processed, and proofread. APA style should be followed (refer to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (4th Ed.). Student Assessment • The final grade will be based upon completion of all activities outlined below. See possible accumulation of 1170 points below: Assignments / Available Points Quizzes • Assignment 1a • 20 • 30 • Assignment 1b • Quiz 1: Chapter • 25 1 • Assignment 3: Instruction and • 75 Learning • Quiz 2: Chapter • 40 2 • Assignment 4: • 150 Technology Planning and
  6. 6. Problem Solving • Quiz 3: Chapter 3 • Assignment 5: • 200 • Quiz 4: Chapter • 50 4 • Assignment 6: Resource • 75 Evaluation • Quiz 5: Chapter • 50 7 • Assignment 7:Virtual Field • 150 Trip • Quiz 6: Chapter • 50 8 • Assignment 8: Ethical, Legal, & • 175 Social Issues • Attendance • 80 (20 per Points meeting) • Total: • 1170 • Letter grades assigned on the standard scale according to how many points accumulated during this course: A+ =100 - 97% A = 96 - 93% A- = 92 - 90% (1170 - 1135 pts.) (1134 - 1088 pts) (1087 - 1053 pts.) B = 86 - 83% B+ = 89 - 87% B- = 82 - 80% (1017 - 971 (1052 - 1018 pts.) (970 - 936 pts.) pts. ) C+ = 79 - 77% C = 76 - 73% C- = 72 - 70% (935 - 901 pts.) (900- 854 pts.) (853 - 819 pts.) D+ = 69 - 67% D = 66 - 63% D- = 62 - 60% (818 - 784 pts.) ( 783 - 737 pts.) (736 - 702 pts.) F= <60% (<701 pts.) • All coursework must be submitted before or by the due date. • If a grade of "F" is earned in a required course, the student must repeat the course and earn a passing grade in order to receive credit that will be applied to the requirements for the degree. Grades of "I" ("Incomplete") must be removed within 12 months of the end of the term in which they were awarded but prior to the student's graduation, or the grade of "I" will be changed to "F." The "I" may not be used as a means to re-enroll in a course during a subsequent semester. A grade of "I" may not be used to satisfy a prerequisite requirement.
  7. 7. Attendance Policy Attendance is required for first group meeting and specific dates assigned by your instructor. You are given points for attendance and should not miss scheduled class meetings. However, other meeting times are optional. Academic Misconduct and Plagiarism Academic misconduct by students includes all acts of dishonesty in any academically related matter and any knowing or intentional help or attempt to help, or conspiracy to help, another student commit an act of academic dishonesty. Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, each of the following acts when performed in any type of academic or academically related matter, exercise, or activity. See Honor Code Policy for further information. • Cheating--using or attempting to use unauthorized materials, information, study aids, or computer-related information. • Plagiarism--representing the words, data, pictures, figures, works, ideas, computer program or output, or anything not generated in an authorized fashion, as one's own. • Fabrication--presenting as genuine any invented or falsified citation or material. • Misrepresentation--falsifying, altering, or misstating the contents of documents or other materials related to academic matters, including schedules, prerequisites, and transcripts. All suspected incidences of academic misconduct, including plagiarism, must be reported by the course instructor. Plagiarism is considered a serious act of academic misconduct and may result in a student receiving an F in the course and suspension from the University. For more information, see University Policies I. Policy on Academic Misconduct All acts of dishonesty in any work constitute academic misconduct. The University's Academic Conduct Policy will be followed in the event of academic misconduct. II. Statement of Equal Treatment and Disabilities The instructors and students in this course will act with integrity and strive to engage in equitable verbal and nonverbal behavior with respect to differences arising from age, gender, race, physical ability, and religious preferences. If you are registered with the Office of Disability Services, please make an appointment with the instructor as soon as possible to discuss any course accommodations that may be necessary. If you have a disability but have not contacted the Office of Disability Services, please call 205-354-5175 or visit Osband Hall to register for services.