P. O. BOX 2120
June 7, 1996


TO: Division Superintendents
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.
  Attachment:  This memo and its attachment will be sent to
               the superintendent's office.