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The College of Education at Valdosta State University (Georgia) developed a followup course to their required entry-level educational computing course. The introductory course covers word processing, spreadsheet, database, presentation, Internet, electronic mail, and operating system software and basic computer concepts. Students expressed a need for a followup intermediate-level course covering a wide range of software and topics appropriate for all education majors. The new course, Applied Educational Computing, allows students to be creative and complete practical, instructional-based projects in their own subject areas. The course teaches skills that students need to create programs and publications; create mailing labels and form letters; use spreadsheets; use database packages; use presentation software; and use the Internet for specific tasks. The course also teaches students about purchasing and evaluating computer hardware and software and detecting and repairing malfunctions. The course meets twice weekly for 10 weeks. Student projects require them to be creative and generate practical, instructional-based materials suitable for use in their own subject area. Results from the first three courses have shown that students are highly motivated, and they are very positive on course evaluations. Two appendixes describe applied educational computing projects. (SM)

Descriptors: Computer Literacy, Computer Science Education, Computer Software, Computer Uses in Education, Curriculum Development, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Preservice Teacher Education, Student Teachers

Author: Thomerson, J. D.



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