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This teacher prep course, EDUC 368/568 Educational Uses of Computers, is in a lab setting in the education building. Although not entirely lecture and exam, professors find it hard to create team projects and collaborative assessments in a lab setting. Students design lesson plans using new software tools and internet resources they learn and integrate a Standards-Based Curriculum into those lesson plans. Tapping the proper resources like the State Deparment of Education's web site for their content area is a good start for these pre-service teachers. Students' tasks are authentic, meaningul, and culturally supportive. This course is currently a 2 credit course and will be a 3 hour course in the Fall of 2001.

Grade Level: Pre-service teacher education

Subject: Teaching with Technology

Learner Outcomes:

Technology Standards for all students:

1. Basic Operations (NETS)

2. Social, Ethical, and Human Issues 3. Technology Productivity Tools 4. Technology Communication Tools 5. Technology Research Tools 6. Technology Problem-Solving and Decision-Making Tools

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Student Task: Students collect electronic products for their digital portfolio. They design lessons with technology integrated into those lessons. They create class web pages, WebQuests, slide presentations like Power Point and HyperStudio for their final presentations. They may burn this portfolio into a CD or post them to the web on their own student email web space.

Teacher Role: Lab setting. While not really a lecture setting, this computer lab is used for pre-service teachers. Professors realize that this does not truly model the public school setting. Some small group activities are done in EDUC 368, but mostly demonstration of software and classroom application is how this course is taught.

Grouping: Students are working independently and not in teams. They design lesson plans on their own with lots of teacher guidance and input.

Hook: None.

Student-Directed Learning: Students design their own lessons using new skills they have learned in this 2 credit course.

Use of Technology: Technology is the tool for these pre-service teachers to pull together an electronic portfolio. They use Web C-T, email, Internet, word processing, spreadsheets, databases, multimedia, and imaging devices.

Assessment: Students collect electronic products for their digital portfolio and present their final projects as a whole class.

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Authors: Michele Stafford-Levy, Shirley Davis, Albert Alvarez Ortiz, and Ellen Treadway.
Shcool: New Mexico State University.

Created for the NTEP II Fermilab LInC program sponsored by Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory Education Office and Friends of Fermilab, and funded by United States Department of Energy, Illinois State Board of Education, North Central Regional Technology in Education Consortium which is operated by North Central Regional Educational Laboratory (NCREL), and the National Science Foundation.
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Last updated: April 7, 2001