Computers in the Classroom 
LTEC 4100.024 Fall 2013

(Subject to Revision: See Moodle for Latest)



Instructor:  Dr. Gerald Knezek
Office: DP 193D
Office Hours: 10:00 - 11:30 on Tuesdays & Thursdays, and a half hour after class as time permits
Phone: 940-565-4195
Course Website:

Schedule (See Moodle for most current revisions)


Class Projects [Section .021]

ISTE Standards Covered



Course Overview/Objectives

This survey course will introduce preservice educators to techniques for integrating technology into daily classroom activities. Topics covered in this course will be areas that impact or have the potential to impact educators working in the classroom environment. Special emphasis will be placed on constructing relevant and appropriate instructional environments.

The objectives for this course include the opportunity for participants to be introduced to computer applications in education relevant to student learning in k-12 classroom environments.  In addition students should gain knowledge in the selection of educational software, feel comfortable modeling an educational presentation system, understand the integration of technology into the classroom and the use of other electronic sources for educational classroom resources. Students will develop a unit plan of instruction and assemble a portfolio of materials on a chosen topic that integrates technology.

Course Topics

Course Prerequisites

CECS 1100 (may be taken concurrently with consent of department). If you have not taken this course, it is your responsibility to make sure you learn the prerequisite skills to be successful in CECS 4100.

Course Policies

Attendance and punctuality are professional behaviors expected of educators. Educational technology is not simply "doing computer activities"--it is much more. Hence, you need to participate in scheduled class discussions and learning activities. Since this is a hybrid course, some days will be scheduled as solely class activities, some will require your attendance at lab exercises or other small group activities, and some will require your virtual participation, even if there is no physical face-to-face meeting, from afar.  Attendance will be taken most class sessions through alternatives to roll call or submitted class activities. These will count for a significant part of your grade (Approximately 10%). You will not be allowed to make up missed attendances. You are expected to conform to all policies of the University of North Texas and work within the honor code.

Classroom Etiquette:

1. Students are expected to observe classroom etiquette and common courtesy toward the instructor and fellow classmates. Pagers, cell phones, electronic devices, game playing, checking/sending email and surfing the Internet are not allowed during class except during classroom activities that may involve these activities under instructor guidance. Your instructor and your fellow classmates will frequently be distracted by these activities. More importantly, it is our experience that students who are checking their email, making flight arrangements on the Internet, playing solitaire, finishing their assignment that was due at the beginning of the class, etc. -- miss the most important information that is said during class (and ask the same question that was just answered -- only a few minutes later).
2. Please turn off your monitors when class begins until you are instructed to turn them on.
3. Please pay attention during the question/answer sessions at the beginning of class. Repeatedly asking the same question that was just answered to the whole class, for another student, will be counted as a tardy/ attendance deduction.
4. Assignments are due by the beginning of the class and should be uploaded to Moodle before the beginning of class. If paper is required for the assignment, it should be prepared (including stapled or clipped) before coming to class and submitted in room 308 when requested by the instructor (expect this to be at the very beginning of class).   Binding all parts together is your responsibility; one point will be deducted for assignments submitted in loose parts. Any assignment submitted electronically DURING FACE to FACE class time will receive no more than 50% credit. (Compare this with 80% for late submission, see below.)
5. If your assignment is not ready to be turned in when due, please complete it after class and turn it in as a late assignment after class or during the following 2 weeks for up to 80% credit. I should not hear the printer running in our classroom after class begins, except when we are working on in-class activities. It is impolite and distracting behavior to get up during the middle of class to walk to the printer, especially when someone (the instructor or another classmate) is speaking.  Printing during class lectures and discussions will result in attendance / participation deductions.


Chapter Readings: You are responsible for the chapter assignments even if they are not covered in lecture.

Class requirements will be weighted as follows:

Exams (best two of three at 10 points each)



PowerPoint & podcast supporting topic selected (A1)



Finding Resources (& wiki posting) supporting your final unit of instruction (A2)



Student sample - newsletter or brochure & rubric + podcast or video explaining fit within your integration unit topic (A3)



Website supporting your unit of instruction (A4)

Website Rubric


Lesson taught to class on course content chapter topic & multimedia instruction segment on same (Probably in annotated / branching Powerpoint) (A5)

Energy Monitoring Activity or Digital Fabrication (A6)



Final unit of instruction and portfolio of materials supporting your unit,  in notebook / paper plus  web site  or comparable (approved) format



Class Attendance/Participation

(Including Discussions/ In-Class Exercises / Debate(s))



Important:Late assignments will receive a maximum grade of 80%. Late assignments are those that are turned in after the beginning of class on the day in which they are due. However, turning in a late assignment is much better than not turning in one at all. No late assignments will be accepted more than 3 weeks late and none will be accepted after the end of dead week (last week of classes prior to final exams). Assignments beyond these late submission deadlines will receive a grade of zero (0).  Most assignments will be submitted (at least in part) on paper and in the Moodle content management system (CMS).  The latter provides a time stamp of the date, hour and minute submitted.

Grades will be calculated by the following scale:
A = 90% or more
B = 80 to 89.4%
C = 70 to 79.4%
D = 60 to 69.4%
F = Below 60%

Required Materials

Textbook: Integrating Educational Technology into Teaching (4th Ed.), by M. D. Roblyer, Prentice Hall.

a USB pen drive - bring one with you every week.  

Please complete the Student Information Sheet for Learning Technologies.

EEO/ADA Statement

EEO/ADA:  The University of North Texas does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability or disabled veteran status in its educational programs, activities, admissions, or employment policies.  Please see me outside of class to make any arrangements involving special accommodations.

Cheating:  Plagiarism and cheating are serious offenses which may be punished by any of the following:
1. failure on the exam, project or paper
2. failure in the course, or
3. expulsion from the University of North Texas

For more information on EEO/ADA or academic dishonesty, please refer to your current Undergraduate Catalog.

Updated: August 30, 2011  

Course materials adapted from and used by permission of Dr. Rhonda Christensen

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