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Information Technology Basics for Schools

4 Credits
This course is the first in a series of Computer Science Authorization courses that enable teachers to be credentialed to teach Computer Science and is designed to fulfill requirements for the California Computer Science Supplemental Authorization.

NOTE: The 4 unit CSED 900 course is equivalent to the 3 unit CSED 750 course that meets the Computer Science Supplemental Authorization requirements for the State of California. Notify the CE office if you wish to use this course to fulfill requirements for the California Computer Science Supplemental Authorization and we will register you for the CSED 750 course number.

Participants will learn about and discuss the following: computer hardware, software programs and apps, Internet and cloud computing, computer networks, databases, artificial intelligence and file management. Participants will create lesson plans to teach the above listed technology, as well as explore and discuss new technology and how it can be used in the classroom. Participants will learn how to include technology into their own classroom. By the end of the course, participants will be able to define and describe computer hardware, software, cloud computing, networking, security, databases and file management and be able to create lesson plans to teach those topics.

Participants will explore and discuss new technology that can be used in schools such as assistive technology for students with disabilities, software applications for aiding learning, security pitfalls to avoid for both teachers and students, the use of artificial intelligence and robotics in education, and more.

Participants in this course will learn how technology is relevant, useful and meaningful in the school setting. They will be able to create lesson plans for teaching technology to students at any grade level.

NOTE: Required book must be acquired separately.

This course is applicable towards Computer Science Authorization and Licensure.

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Dr. Joan Frese

I have been interested in technology all my adult life. I get particularly excited about new technology and how it can change our lives for the better. I taught at Fresno City College for 21 years full-time and 7 years adjunct. I had the privilege of teaching Computer Concepts as well as C++ Programming, Web Page Development and more. I enjoy sharing my knowledge as well as learning from my students.