TED 6020 Course
The Effective Urban Educator: Reflective, Innovative and
Committed to Diversity
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Course: TED 6020, Computer Applications in Teaching
Course Credit: 3 hours
Location: Lab 112 Education
Instructor: Dr. Bob Pettapiece
Office: 271 College of Education
Winter 2014: Tuesdays, 4:30-7:15
Office Hours: Tuesdays 2:00-4:00 by email
Provides you with a variety of hands-on experiences where
technology is used as a tool to support instruction and assessment
purposes in K-12 classrooms using Macintosh
educational computer applications. Course Activities introduce
students to educational technology standards.
In addition, you will explore Assistive Technology, explore
the world using Google Earth and learn about many free Web resources,
many on Delicious.com.
able to use wordprocessing,
WSU email and to
surf the Web using Search Engines
Expected Learning Outcomes
Course: Generally stated, they are to have you:
Evaluation & Grading:
- Build an understanding of ways computers can be
used to support teaching on a Macintosh platform
- Be introduced to Assistive Technology
- Be introduced to uses for Google Earth in your classroom.
- Make plans to incorporate computer
software, including an App, into your teaching discipline(s)
aligned with METS-S
- Build proficiency in computer tools including
Internet searches, desktop publishing, Keynote, Inspiration and Web
- Learn to use the Internet for research and
applications in the classroom
- Understand copyright laws and other ethical
issues related to technology
- Become vey familiar with
WebQuests as a unit plan
- Realize you need to first win the heart of your
students before their head
- See the methods used in this class as a model
for constructivist teaching
- Each assignment will be evaluated on the
quality of the work. Quality includes not only correct
grammar & spelling, but creativity.
- Reviews turned in more than one class late are
subject to a loss of credit (the later the bigger the possible loss).
- The weight of each assignment is the percent of
the final grade stated in parenthesis below.
- Joining a
Professional Technology Educational organization or attending the MACUL Conference will raise your
grade by 3 points.
- A=94-100, A-=90-93, B+=87-89, B=83-86,
B-=80-82, C+=77-79, C=73-76, C-=70-72, D+=67-69, D=63-66 & D-=60-62
of a possible 100 points.
- An incomplete (I grade) may be given only for
good reason, after completing a contract with the instructor and may
not be for a grade higher than a B.
Perhaps the best way for you to approach this course, or any course
you take in college, is to think of it as your current job; possibly
the most important job you will ever have. It helps determine your
future opportunities and establishes the pattern for your teaching
College credit is determined by an estimation that for every hour of
credit you are expected to be in class one hour (50 mins.) plus two hours of work for the class
outside. This class is three hours credit, so . . . .
If this is your first course in the College, you may want to sit
next to someone who understands teaching, lesson plans and unit plans.
For the following Wayne State policies please check the tab on
- While attendance is not taken in this class every
student is expected to be in class for each meeting.
- When you are absent it is your responsibility
to get the information you missed from another student; make
friends. However, if you are absent for a field
trip there is a loss of credit.
- Even though you are a student in this class, you are going
to be asked to think like a teacher.
- You are expected to use the software described in
the assignments to complete your work.
- While Wikipedia
may be a good place to look for background, it is not to be used as a
final source of information for any assignments.
- Telephones and beepers are not expected to be
heard during class discussion.
- To contact me outside of class, please use email.
- You are expected to use your WSU email account
(email@example.com) & to sign up for WSU
Broadcast Messaging through Pipeline (under WSU Resources on the left).
- You are expected to understand Academic
Integrity & not commit Plagiarism.
- If English is your second language you may need
the services of the English
- If you have a documented disability
that requires accommodations.
- For help with writing, check out the Writing
- Religious holidays
Important: When an assignment
asks you to describe how you would use it in your classroom, include
what your (future) classroom is by grade & subject; like high
school math or elementary social studies.
For all assignments where you use wordprocessing, double space your text.
- (15%) # Write a lesson
plan for three (3) software packages/programs or an
educational use of an App & align them
[You may use a podcast
for both types of reviews; details in class.]
- (5%) Complete a tutorial & an
assignment using classroom data on a spreadsheet
- (5%) Do an assignment in Inspiration for your students to use in
- (5%) Design your own Home
Page using SeaMonkey
- (5%) Complete an original Keynote assignment for use in your classroom
- (10%) Participate in two class field trips;
one using Google Earth & the second, to build a list of ideas to use assistive technology
- (30%) By yourself or in groups of 2-3, complete a
WebQuest for your students
to use in your (future) classroom
- One flash
(thumb) drive (suggest 2 GB min.) or
Briefcase tool in
your WSU Webmail
- A Web Browser (with a Composer)-
Netscape (earlier than 8.x) or SeaMonkey
- Download Open Office
to your personal computer (optional & free)
- Get an account at Free Web Hosting
(choose a USA Domain) for your WebQuest
- Read about Proofreading
- Free Advice
Disk? You may save to
THAWSPACE in Lab 112 by saving to a folder you create (use your
name). You must come back to that computer to retrieve your work.
Best, use Dropbox or your
Assistive Technology Resources
& Field Trips
Evaluating Online Information
Copyright Laws for
Educators & Fair Use Policy
2008 (National Technology Standards)
In the end, best practice is whatever helps
students to engage more deeply with the subject and to become more
actively responsible for their own learning.
This site updated July 2013