Computers in the Classroom 
CECS 4100.003

(Last Revised 1/13/06)


Instructor:  Dr. Gerald Knezek
Office MH 316 H
Office Hours: 11:00 - 12:30 pm on Mondays & Wednesdays
Phone: 940-565-4195
Course Website:



Class Projects

ISTE Standards Covered



Course Overview/Objectives

This survey course will introduce preservice educators to the extensive field of educational technology. 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 students to analyze computer uses in education including simple applications programming in LOGO (MicroWorlds).  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 "doing computer projects"--it is much more. Hence, you need to be here for class discussions and learning activities. Attendance will be taken most class sessions and will count for a significant part of your grade. 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.
4. Assignments are due by the beginning of the class and should be submitted to room 316 before coming to class. All 15 minutes at least for lines that may form. Binding all parts together is your responsibility; one point will be deducted for assignments submitted in loose parts.
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. 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.


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

Class requirements will be weighted as follows:




PowerPoint presentation about integrating technology into the curriculum, focus on 1 chapter key topic (A1)



Finding Resources for your final unit of instruction (A2)


Student sample - newsletter or brochure (A3)



Website supporting your unit of instruction (A4)

Website Rubric


MicroWorlds Programs (1-3) featuring topics such as Logo programming or multimedia instruction


Final unit of instruction and portfolio of materials supporting your unit (A6)


Class Attendance/Participation



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).

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:  TLT= Teaching and Learning with Technology (2nd Edition) by Lever-Duffy, McDonald & Mizell Companion Web site

3 CD-RW blanks or a USB jump drive - bring one with you every week.  

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: September 12, 2005  

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

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