This course is designed for educators of early childhood, elementary, and adolescent children. The course provides a comprehensive overview of the use of computer education and technology in the classroom in order to enhance the education advancement of the child and facilitate ease of instruction and administration for the teacher. The course provides hands-on experience in the use of computer applications, educational software, and problem-solving skills through the development of an electronic portfolio process.
Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- define and describe the key issues in the access, use, and control of computer technology that focuses on early childhood and school age education.
- utilize basic computer systems and operations that specifically relate to applications addressing early childhood and school age programs.
- assess and evaluate developmentally appropriate computer software while also researching current trends for use in an early childhood and/or school age classroom.
- demonstrate the use of representative computer education related applications and programs to complete assignments related to early childhood and school age classroom management, including assessment.
- differentiate the use of critical thinking skills in the use of technology in early childhood and school age programs.
- demonstrate the use of teacher utility programs, such as incorporating applications, including but not limited to, word processing, spreadsheets, presentation software, and databases that enhance the expansion and management in program planning, organization, and curriculum implementation.
- describe the age-appropriate computer skills for young and school age children.
- synthesize, assemble, and produce a developmentally appropriate curriculum /lesson plan for young children using technology.
- present validated research and current trends based on the subject-matter related to the student’s area of interest.