Department of Information and Communication Technology
PARP 140: Introduction to Technology in Education
- Course Syllabus -
Dr. Anthony Betrus: Instructor
Fall 2006

Credit: Three semester hours

Time: 4:00 - 9:15 Friday, 9:00-5:00 Saturday [Sep 08, 09], [Sep 29, 30] [Oct 20, 21]

Location: Flag 162

Purpose: This course provides an introduction to various computer applications in education, including word processing, database, spreadsheet, presentation, and multimedia software.

Textbook: Although there is no textbook requirement, there are technology requirements (see digital storage below).


Attendance: Daily attendance is required of all students, as the content of daily class discussions can not be obtained in any other way than attending class. Class participation constitutes a significant portion of the overall course grade, and class attendance is a prerequisite for class participation. Starting with the second class missed, each class missed will result in a .3 drop in maximum overall grade (eg. 2 misses = max 3.7, 3 misses = max 3.3, etc...)

Digital Storage: It is strongly recommended that each student purchase a USB Pendrive, with at least 256mb capacity.

Computer Use: As a class we will be using the Windows computers in Flagg 162.

Assignments: To be determined in class.

Plagiarism: This course adheres to the College's policy on academic honesty as stated in the Undergraduate Catalog. Plagiarism may lead to grade reduction, course failure, or expulsion from school.


(90-100%) 4.0
(87-89%) 3.7
(83-86%) 3.3
(80-82%) 3.0
(77-79%) 2.7
(73-76%) 2.3
(70-73%) 2.0
<230 points 0.0

Course Schedule:
Date: Topic:
Sept 08

In Flag162: Computer Hardware and Software Scavenger Hunt.
Opening Microsoft Word.
Inserting Images from Clip Art into Word.
Saving Word docs on USBdrive.
Searching for images on Google Images.
Saving images from internet onto Pen Drives.
Rock/Paper/Scissors Game using saved images from google.
Keeping score in MS Word using Basic Tables
Application Switching (required to play rock, paper, scissors)..

Sept 09

Entering fixed URLS into WEB Browser (eg: this syllabus)
Internet Searching/Finding Information on the Web (Google, Wikipedia, Snopes, etc...)
Who Wants to be a Millionaire PowerPoint - Internet Search Game
Cut Copy Paste Undo
File Management (Folder Creation, Moving files, Housekeeping)
Microsoft PowerPoint
2nd Microsoft Word Poster in Flag 162. Opening word files on a mac. Reformatting in Mac Word. After Lunch: Intro to PowerPoint. ClassRoom Jeopardy (including web-searching techniques to find answers). PowerPoint slidewhow, start to finish.

Sept 29

Writing a Business Letter in Word. File Management. 1st Desktop Publushing Project in Microsoft Word. Internet Safety (Viruses, Spyware, MySpace, Identify Theft, Online Shopping). Online Games Artificial Intelligence: Twenty Questions (

Sept 30

Completion of 2nd Desktop Publishing Projects (CRAP principle included)
Simulations and Games. Diversity.
Downloading and Using OpenOffice
Ghetto Board Game.

Oct 20

Internet Privacy: History, Cookies, Private Data. Changing Home Page.
Changing Desktop Image (background). Changing Screensaver.
E-mail attachments. Winzip, utilities, games.

Oct 21

Virus Protection (AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition 7.5.4)
Spyware Protection (SpywareBlaster 3.5.1)
Spreadsheets: Lunch Order; Personal Budget
Online Educational Games: Miniclip; Pogo; Addicting Games
Windows Movie Maker: Creating a movies with Digital Pictures (including scanning as necessary), imported music, transitions, and titles.
Burning CDs
Teaching/Learning Methods: Peer-Tutoring, Chaining, Self-Regulation, Constructivism

Office Information:
Office: Satterlee Hall 212
Phone: (315) 267-2670

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This page created 9/8/2006. Last updated by Anthony Betrus 10/21/2006