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EDU 6607                                          Curriculum Integration of Technology  
    Course Number                                                                            Course Title

Cynthia W. Sparks, Ed. D.                Term V   2002 6/14,15; 6/28,29; 7/19,20

MEETING DATE AND TIME:       Friday, 4:30-9:30, Saturday 8:00-6:00.  Students must check in at the quarterdeck for each class session. Building 143.

CONSULTATION HOURS: Dr. Sparks will be available in the assigned classroom before and after each class session.  She may be reached at 421-7346 (H) or 547-0153 ext. 199 (W).

E-mail address:

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course covers evaluation, selection, and integration of educational software into elementary and secondary education curricula, taking into consideration teaching and learning styles while relating technologies to various disciplines, diverse models, and developmental levels.  Micro lessons are produced using multimedia-authoring tools.    

COURSE OBJECTIVES: Upon completion of this course students will:

·       Acquire a technology vocabulary and knowledge of computer concepts.

·       Acquire an understanding of the impact of computers on classroom instruction.

·       Develop competence with and understanding of the role computers fill in the content oriented classroom.          

·       Develop competence in using computers in the area of education.

·       Develop a theoretical rationale for the use of computers in education.  

·       Demonstrate an understanding of the primary application of computers in education.

·       Gain exposure to real life experiences in designing and using computers in the classroom.

·       Gain exposure to uses of and be able to evaluate software for educational application.

·       Demonstrate the ability to integrate computer applications into specific content areas.

Students will fulfill the requirements for the Virginia Technology Standards for Instructional Personnel:

Standard 1       Operate a computer system and utilize software

Standard 2       Apply knowledge of terms associated with educational computing and technology

Standard 3       Apply productivity tools for professional use—word processing, databases, presentations tools, and spreadsheets.

Standard 4       Use electronic technologies to access and exchange information.

Standard 5       Identify, locate, evaluate, and use appropriate instructional technology-based resources (hardware and software) to support SOL and other instructional objectives.

Standard 6       Use educational technologies for data collection, information management, problem solving, decision making, communications, and presentations within the curriculum.

Standard 7       Plan and implement lessons and strategies that integrate technology to meet the diverse needs of learners in a variety of educational settings.

TEACHING METHODS: This course will be taught in a computer lab with hands on activities. The class will require participation from students in exploring various ways to use the basic four application programs—word processing, spreadsheets, databases, presentation tools and the Internet to integrate technology into classroom instruction.  This class assumes that students have mastery of the basic skills of the four application programs.  Students will be using these programs to create integrated learning experiences for the classroom. 

GRADING POLICY:            There will be a final exam that counts 25 % and demonstrates student’s skills.  A research paper (case study) on a topic of the student’s choice which counts 25%.  A Web Project composed of three integrated lessons that display various techniques for using the Internet within the classroom will be created (guided tour 5%, scavenger hunt 10% and Web Quest 20%).  Each student will present one of these lessons to the class.  Each student is expected to evaluate three web sites that pertain to the specific area of content interest of the student (5% each--total 15%).

Guidelines for Website Review:

1.       Select three web sites relating to your instructional area.  The sites can relate to any subject of interest to you concerning technology and your content area.  The sites should reflect the lesson models under study:  guided tour, scavenger hunt, and/or WebQuest.

2.       Each review of a web site will be one page word processed, single spaced with bibliographical information on the document..

3.       The one page will include a concise summary of the content of the web site (site’s purpose, main points, etc.) and critique (your evaluation, comparisons, etc.).  The critique should relate to your job experience, general experience, and knowledge gained from other related readings. How could this site be used in the context of instruction?

4.       Sites for review should be dated 2000 or later.

Guidelines for Research Paper/Case Study

1.       Identify an educational environment or topic related to instructional technology appropriate for a review.  The topic for study can relate to any concept that you wish to study related to technology in your particular job.

2.       The length of the paper will depend on the depth of your study but will be double spaced with an introduction, purpose, summary, and bibliography.

3.       Research must be written according to the APA Publication Manual.

4.       Each study will include a an opening section summarizing knowledge gained (Executive Summary).

Guidelines for Web Project and Presentation.

1.       Identify a topic for instruction (theme) which incorporates instructional technology in the lesson format.  The three design models are Internet guided tour, Internet Scavenger Hunt and Internet Web Quest.

2.       Plan and design the lessons to meet the design specifications of each model (to be discussed during class) including: lesson summary, objectives (SOL), expected student outcomes, vocabulary, materials needed, prerequisite skills, procedure, and evaluation.

3.       Select one element of the Web Project and present to the class.

REQUIRED TEXT:  None.  Web site address will be supplied where all handouts and notes will be posted. Be sure to read the articles located in the Resource section for EDU 6607.

CLASS SCHEDULE:           




Class 1

Brain Research, Learning, and Standards 

Discussion of Web Projects--Themes

Establish an e-mail account and E-mail the instructor giving her your e-mail address.  If new to Dr. Sparks' courses include a self-assessment of your computer skills and experiences.

Class 2

Introduction to lesson models on the Web--  Focus on Guided Tours

Create a guided tour of a topic from your area of content.

Class 3

NTEQ Model, Focus on Internet Scavenger Hunts

Create a scavenger hunt (minimum of 10 questions) on a topic from your area of content

Class 4

Focus on Internet Web Quests

Create a Web Quest of a topic from your area of content.

Class 5

Simulations and Integrating technology into the classroom

Finish the revisions of your three basic lesson models from the Internet to create your Web Project.

Class 6

Final Project presentations

Final Exam (afternoon)*

Lesson Plans and research paper due.

*Schedule of Presenters to be determined.

RECOMMENDED READING:       Current articles from periodicals dealing with instructional technology. 

AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT:           Any student whose disabilities fall within ADA must inform the instructor at the beginning of the term of any special needs or equipment necessary to accomplish the requirements for this course.

ADDITIONAL SERVICES: Students who have or may be dealing with a disability or learning difficulty should speak with the instructor or contact the Office of Student Services at 451-8202.

This page was updated on:  04/10/02