Computer Applications for Curriculum & Instruction
CECS 5500.090
Fall 2000

Instructor: Dr. Gerald Knezek

Class meets at NTSC on Monday from 6:30 pm until 9:30 pm beginning August 28, 2000. It will be web-extended, meeting every other week with required attendance 3 times - first class, mid-term, and final project presentations.

Course Links:

Schedule of Topics
Course Roster
Project Presentation
 Required text: Norton, P. & Wiburg, K. (1998). Teaching with Technology. Harcourt Brace, ISBN     0-15-503087-6.
Texas Center for Educational Technology (1997). START Web Site (Sharing Technology Applications Resources with Teachers)

Optional CD-ROM: Knezek, G., Christensen, R., and others. (1997). Technology Applications Companion on START CD-ROM ($15). (available at TCET in Matthews Hall #207)

Internet in the Classroom - by Rhonda Christensen


This course is for K-12 educators who are interested in integrating technology into teaching and learning. Its focus is on the Technology Applications Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TA-TEKS) and the National Educational Technology Standards (NETS), how these can be correlated with other TEKS content areas, and how units of instruction can be developed to appropriately integrate technology into daily classroom practice. Participants should gain a greater understanding of the Technology Applications TEKS and how to introduce them into the curriculum.

The course will be web-based in format, with  real-audio recordings and 24-hour postings (when possible) of video lectures making up a portion of the contact time. Self-paced, pre-recorded web activities, video archives of instructor presentations, and A/V segments from presentations at various workshops and institutes will also make up a significant portion of the class contact time.


Students are responsible for making arrangements for the following:
1.  Gather profile data about a K-12 school of interest, write a brief summary about the school environment and how technology is used (or not used), formulate a theoretical basis scenario for how technology might best be integrated into the classroom environment of the school, and post the data and the write-up to the e-groups listserv for the class. (Click here to see examples of assignment 1)
Due: October 2, 2000
2.  a. Search the WWW to find sites and on-line print materials relevant to the content in a field (preferably one of your interest) such as reading/language arts, science or mathematics.
    b. Cross-reference the resources you have found in assignment 2a to one of the Technology Applications TEKS Curriculum Connections (or another pre-approved topic). (Click here to see examples of assignment 2b)
Due: October 16, 2000
    3.  Newsletter - summarize in 500 words what will be presented in your final presentation and your unit of instruction (see #4 below). You should include the name of the unit, the intended grade level, your name as author, your title, poition and location/affiliation. You should list the TEKS that are addressed by your unit and do a "save as" html.Name it newsKnezek.doc etc. where Knezek is replaced with your last name. Remember this is intended as a "hook" for fellow educators like yourself, so they will be interested enough in what they read to go look at your entire unit of instruction in depth. (Click here to see examples of the newsletter assignment.)
    Due: October 30, 2000

    4. Produce a unit of instruction for a selected Technology Integration activity (be sure to include the theoretical background), submit it in printed (in your notebook - see 5 below) and machine readable form and post it on the class e-groups listserv; then deliver a "show and tell" presentation to the class about your lesson plan (approximately 10 minutes in duration). (Click here to see examples of assignment 4).
    Due: December 4, 2000

    5. Notebook - Turn in a notebook containing hard copies of assignments 1-4. It should be neat and well organized for your future use. A diskette with electronic copies of all assignments should be placed in it.
    Due: December 4, 2000

A total of 100 points for the course will be allocated as follows:
Assignment 1 15 points
Assignment 2 20 points
Assignment 3 10 points
Assignment 4 20 points
Assignment 5 - Notebook 05 points
Exam 10 points
Presentation 10 points
Participation 05 points
Attitude pre-post 05 points
Total 100 points
Letter grades will be the higher grade resulting from the following two standards:
top 10%
>=80 & <90
next 20%
>=70 & <80
next 40%
>=60 & <70
next 20%
last 10%

Examples from previous semesters
Summer 2000 - Assignment 1
Summer 2000 - Assignment 2
Summer 2000 - Assignment 3
Summer 2000 - Newsletters
Summer 2000 - Final Project Presentations

Spring 2000 - Final Project Presentations

Previous Semester Lectures (Explanation of theory available here)
Summer 1999 Technology Integration Newsletter No. 1
TEKS Lesson Plans

Contact Information:
Office: Matthews Hall Room 316H
Office Hours:
Voice mail: (940) 565-4195
FAX (940) 565-2185

Dana Arrowood
Phone: (940) 565-3556

Note: We will attempt to respond to email within 48 hours (business days).