IT 3210: Teachers & Technology
Course Syllabus
Note: Syllabus is subject to change!
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Course Description Introduces students to resource-based teaching through the use of educational technology and its appropriate uses in the classroom. Focuses on developing research skills by designing, planning and producing basic educational materials using technological hardware and software. The process of selecting and utilizing technological resources are emphasized.

This course focuses on the creation of a learning environment through the use of technology. The plan is to anchor the use of technology for the creation of a productive and inviting learning environment. The creation of products for a learning environment will take place through numerous activities involving a variety of technologies. The activities will be anchored in a problem-centered context: problems will be presented for which the various technologies offer potential solutions.

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Course Goal The goal of the course is to create a learning environment, anchored in a specific metaphor, theme or topic, which demonstrates the integration of technology for a specific unit in your classroom <real or virtual>.
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Course Objectives Note: Course Objectives reflect ISTE/NCATE standards. (Note: if this gateway link is still not working, navigate from the Error 404 page to Standards-Foundations.)
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Course Requirements
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Unit Themes & Possible Questions/Problems to be Answered/Solved

Specific dates for each unit are outlined in the Course TimeLine. Units may be reordered by the instructor during certain semesters/sessions.

Unit 1 Creating Environments for Learning

Unit 2 Using Internet-Based Resources Unit 3 Sharing Thoughts and Ideas Unit 4 Using Cognitive Tools for Organizing and Understanding Unit 5 Selecting and Evaluating Educational Resources Unit 6 Emerging Technologies
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Required Course Materials

Text: Grabe, M., & Grabe, C. (1998). Integrating technology for meaningful learning (2nd ed.). Boston, MA: Houghton-Mifflin.

Software Help Sheets: Available on Course Web site (print out and review prior to coming to each class)..

Related Web Links: Updated regularly on the Course Web site.

Diskettes: 2 unformatted 3-1/2 1.4 MB (high density)

Portfolio: 3-ring binder with dividers (1-1/2" - 2") (1 per group)

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Additional Course Information

The following provides more information on course responsibilities and expectations, for you and for the instructors.

Academic Honesty

Georgia State University has a Policy on Academic Honesty. You are expected to read and observe this policy. A copy can be found in the General Catalog 1996-98 (pp. 65-70) or visit the GSU Web site: GSU Policy on Academic Honesty

Assessment/Assignments

All assignments cited in the syllabus must be turned in by the specified due date (see Course TimeLine (Monday classes) or Course TimeLine (Tuesday - Wednesday - Thursday classes) for details). Due to the large number of assignments, to facilitate your timely completion of assignments, late work will not be accepted. All assignments, except Internet-based assignments, must be prepared using a word processor. Specific details related to each assignment will be provided. Special assignments may be added during a regularly scheduled class or via e-mail by the instructor. It is your responsibility to obtain the specifics of any such assignments.

All assignments will be evaluated and returned within a week of being submitted, unless otherwise noted by your instructor. You will also have the opportunity to evaluate the course two times during the semester: at mid-term and at the end. This will enable your instructor to adjust the course as needed to better meet your needs.

Attendance

IT 3210 is a "hands-on, minds-on" activity-based course; as such, your participation and attendance in class is important, and in fact required. Class will begin on time -- and tardiness will be penalized (3 tardies of 10 minutes or more = one unexcused absence). The accumulation of more than 3 unexcused absences (or the equivalent) will automatically result in the reduction of one letter grade. If you miss more than five class meetings without contacting your instructor, you will be dropped from the official class roll with a grade of WF. Obtaining work missed due to absence is your responsibility. Be sure to notify your instructor in advance if at all possible if you need to miss a class.

If the instructor will not be in class for whatever reason (illness, emergency, etc.) you will be notified as quickly and conveniently as possible.

Class Courtesy

As a "hands-on, minds-on" activity-based course, IT 3210 will usually meet in computer classrooms. That means that you will typically have a computer in front of you during class discussions. Out of respect for your class mates and your instructor, it is expected that you will focus your attention and energies toward current class activities (e.g., class discussion). Disrespectful use of lab computers during instructional time will be noted and will result in a grade reduction. Lab time will be made available during the class session so you can work on course projects.

As a courtesy, please turn off (or sound off) all electronic devices during class (e.g., beepers, cell phones).

E-mail

It is your responsibility to have your Panther/Paw Prints account active and up-to-date before the second class meeting (August 30 - September 2). Class instructors will use e-mail and WebCT to make announcements pertaining to the course. It is your responsibility to check your e-mail on a regular basis (e.g., twice a week) to make sure you keep current with the course and are prepared when you come to class each week.

E-mail is also a good way to get in touch with your instructor with any questions or concerns you may have. Instructors will check their mail on a regular basis. Answers to any messages will usually be returned within 24 hours of the receipt of your message.

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Course Evaluation
Grading rubrics will be used for the Unit Work Samples and the Learning Environment Portfolio. Detailed rubrics can be viewed for each work sample and the final project. When submitting a project to your instructor, be sure that:
 
1. your full name (or names if group project) and class section number are clearly visible on the paper copy (if applicable) and on your diskette, and
2. the project is printed out (if applicable) and saved in electronic format (double check to make sure the file is actually on the diskette you are turning in).


Several items will be used to assess your performance in the course. The item, along with possible points, is outlined below:
 
Evaluation Item Possible Points (out of 100 total)
Unit Work Samples 50
Learning Environment Portfolio 30
Reflection Papers 10
Participation/Idea Sharing 10

Grading Scale
 
Grade Range
A 90 - 100
B 80 - 89
C 70 - 79
D 60 - 69
F 50 - 59

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Page last updated 23 August 1999.