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OpenOffice in the Classroom

EDUC 600




Instructor: Rojanne Brown

Grading: Graded

Spring, Summer & Fall (Ongoing)

Instruction Mode: Internet-Asynchronous (Online Class)

Academic Level: K-12 Professional Development

Course Fee: $295

Class Offered Through IT4Educators

Course Description:

This course is designed for teachers of Grades 3-12. Many school districts are making the shift from Microsoft Office to OpenOffice.org. Boost your confidence with this free open source software and get a head start on your colleagues. Learn about effective technology integration in the classroom that engages and motivates learners. Teach your students to demonstrate and share their learning by creating products with the OpenOffice tools Impress, Writer, Calc, and/or Base. Working at your own pace throughout the course, you will use online, step-by-step tutorials and Internet resources to apply new knowledge and skills to instructional practice.

Required software: OpenOffice, version 2 or 3, or OpenOffice for Mac. Free download available at http://www.openoffice.org.


As a result of participation in this course, students will:

  1. Use Atomic Learning and other online software tutorials as your resource to create OpenOffice.org products with practical application to your classroom.
  2. Identify National Technology Standards for Teachers and Students (ISTE) and make correlations to your teaching experiences in the eleven standards areas.
  3. Related learning theories to technology use. Learn about the power of open source software and its critical impact on teaching and learning
  4. Enhance content you already teach by motivating your students and engaging their learning with powerful, new technology tools.
    1. Create a class newsletter with Writer
    2. Teach your students to compare and contrast content with Base
    3. Teach your students to create charts and graphs from data they have collected with Calc
    4. Create an engaging and interactive presentation of content with Impress
  5. Create rubrics to assess student assignments.
  6. Use Moodle's online discussion forum to reflect and share.



About The Instructor

Rojanne Brown
Rojanne Brown

Rojanne Brown earned her M.Ed. from the University of Minnesota. Rojanne has been in the field of education for 27 years. For the past 15, she has been a Technology Integration Specialist in the Osseo Area School District. She has published an article in TechTrends and received the following awards: The William E. Gardner Pre-K-12 Outstanding Educator Award (2008), TIES Exceptional Teacher Award (2005), Teacher of the Year, Minnesota (2000, Technology & Learning Magazine). Rojanne is a Google Certified Teacher as well as Google Certified Trainer, A NET'S Certified Teacher, and an Intel Teach to the Future Master Teacher.

**Registration Instructions:

A minimum $20 processing fee will be assessed per person for cancellations received after the start of the course. Refunds are not issued after the start of the course or after access to the course has been provided.

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