Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
ED 171
Course Title:
Computers in Education II
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Course Description

Provides introduction to all aspects of the Internet and email. Use internet browser. Recommended: Basic computer knowledge. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Students will:

  • Synthesize and implement strategies to optimize searches for web content applicable to specific instructional techniques or K-12 content areas.
  • Demonstrate information sharing via the Internet using email, blogs, and discussion forums to address topics specific to education, content-area teaching, and library media practices
  • Create/adapt and apply evaluation criteria against which to test information found on the Internet and World Wide Web for accuracy, timeliness, and educational validity.
  • Create a list of links, specific to a selected K-12 subject area, to be published for the benefit of education practitioners.

Outcome Assessment Strategies


Student€™s progress will be evaluated by the following tools:

  • Completion of online search-and-evaluation assignments according to explicitly-stated guidelines including, but not limited to, accuracy, timeliness, educational validity, source validity, and balance exhibited by each online source
  • Creation of paper-based and online guides for specific subject areas
  • Participation in group and class discussions and presentations
  • Attendance

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Students will:

  • Use Web browsers, email clients, and appropriate online sources to find, evaluate, and publish annotated lists of sources that would be useful in addressing a specific content area typically encountered in the K-12 classroom.
  • Develop and rationalize the use of specific search strategies to aid in mining educationally-valid information on the Internet
  • Develop and defend an evaluation scheme designed to fairly and thoroughly appraise the accuracy, timeliness, and utility of Internet-based information as it applies to specific educational outcomes
  • Participate in a series of email exchanges, a blog, and a discussion forum to share information linked to a subject area common to education
  • Prepare and present written and oral evaluations of various Internet-based information technologies regarding their strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats for educators and students

In addition the students will demonstrate

COMMUNICATION: Graduates of Portland Community College should be able to communicate effectively by determining the purpose of communication; analyzing audience and context to sue appropriate language and modality; and by responding to feedback to achieve clarity, coherence, and effectiveness.

COMMUNITY AND ENVIRONMENTAL RESPONSIBILITY: Graduates of Portland Community College should be able to apply scientific, cultural, and political perspectives in understanding the natural and social world and in addressing the consequences of human activity both globally and locally, demonstrating an understanding of social change and social action.

CRITICAL THINKING AND PROBLEM SOLVING: Graduates of Portland Community College should be able to think critically and creatively to solve problems, understanding and using various methods of reasoning and evaluating information and it sources.

CULTURE AWARENESS: Graduates of Portland Community College should be able to demonstrate an understanding of the varieties of human cultures, perspectives, and forms of expressions as well as their own cultures complexities.

PROFESSIONAL COMPETENCE: Graduates of Portland Community College should demonstrate mastery in a discipline of profession at a level appropriate to program and transfer requirements through the application of concepts, skills, processes, and technology in the performance of authentic tasks that enhance community involvement and employability.

SELF-REFLECTION: Graduates of Portland Community College should be self-appraising in applying the knowledge and skills they have learned, examining and evaluating personal beliefs and comparing them with the beliefs of others.