SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 104
June 7, 1996
|FROM:||William C. Bosher, Jr.
Superintendent of Public Instruction
|SUBJECT:||Computer Literacy for K-12 Educators Course|
The Department of Education, in cooperation with Old Dominion University, will offer a distance learning, graduate level, three-credit course for Virginia educators through the Virginia Satellite Educational Network. The course, designed for teachers and administrators will be broadcast in the fall of 1996 and the spring of 1997. Computer Literacy for K-12 Educators will provide instruction in basic computer literacy skills. The course will be based on the recommendations for technology standards presented to the Board of Education in May 1996 by the Advisory Board on Teacher Education and Licensure (ABTEL). The course will include a brief history of modern computer theory, the basic operation of a computer, basic word processing, spreadsheet use, database development and tasking, telecommunications, and classroom integration. The Apple Macintosh computers equipped with a 68040 processor or better and at least 8 megabytes of random access memory will be used by the instructor. Software packages required are Claris Works 4.0, Aldus Home Publisher, Aldus Paint and Microsoft Power Point. The Department of Education will provide the necessary software packages not available at the school through ODU for the fall and spring courses. Tuition is $360 per participant, which is a reduced fee. This course will be offered via live satellite broadcast on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 7:00 - 7:50 a.m. (note the morning time). Tape backup will be available from ODU for participants who may miss a session. ODU will provide on-site technical support at locations with large enrollments. All schools will receive telephone technical support. No participant will be refused enrollment as a result of small group size or location. A description of the course is attached for your information. For more information on the content of this course, contact Dr. Paul Heine, Darden College of Education, Old Dominion University at (804) 683-4686. Department of Education questions should be directed to Dr. Ida J Hill, Division Chief for Technology, Department of Education at (804) 225-2757. WCBJr./psw Attachment: This memo and its attachment will be sent to the superintendent's office.