Teachers open the door, but you must enter by yourself. -Chinese Proverb
The tribute to learning is teaching.
- Wise saying from the orient.
CS-100 is a basic computer literacy class for
the novice or for those
who would like to learn what is really going on in the computer and many
other related subjects such as computers in society.
CS-100 is ordinarily meeting in one of the smart classrooms.
This classroom lends itself
beautifully to hands-on/discussion/lecture combination.
Now, CS100 is also offered as a hybrid course, i. e., partly online.
If you are interested in the hybrid option, be aware of the advantages and disadvantages. This is not for everyone.
In general students will learn
A programmer or killer quiz.
In addition students will use e-mail and converse through a discussion list and Blackboard.
Because it is hard for a single teacher to pay attention to so many students on 20 terminals, I would need your assistance:
Credit on participation will be given.
It's up to you to choose on which tool you would like to assist in the instruction. Please fill up the questionnaire on this regard.
For a tentative class schedule follow this path...
For a grade change
Substance Abuse Prevention
I have received a grant from the Network for Dissemination of Curriculum Infusion to incorporate substance abuse prevention in this particular course. Check it out.
You will find there some facts about alcohol abuse and a link to your group presentations. By learning the facts about the bad effects of drugs and alcohol, it is hoped that some change of attitude and knowledge will occur. Hopefully each one of you will become a more informed person, knowledgeable in ways to relieve stress, and knowing other methods of having good times.
The reason I chose cs-100 for the prevention curriculum design is because this course is open to students from all disciplines. Students at Northeastern also come from diverse backgrounds and I allow great flexibility in my class to choose the people in the presentation teams and in the selection of the presentation tool as well.
The original curriculum lends itself naturally to encompass a variety of subjects. Most other computer science courses do not.
Since each student has a unique learning style, working alone on a computer (assisted or unassisted by a peer --- see our assistance program), with a partner, within a small group, in the lab, or in the distance education classroom, offers the student a variety of learning methods. Discussions are encouraged throughout, especially on our discussion listserv.
A case study will be presented as well and each small group will analyze it and use it as a possible basis for a class presentation using one of the tools that is studied during the semester.
Consequently, one of your assignments will be related to substance abuse prevention. Give it some thought.
Another assignment will be done in a group and presented to the class as a whole at the end of the semester by the entire group.
During the first few weeks of class, talk to your fellow friends and see who shares some of your interests. You will have a choice of tools to work with on this group presentation. You may choose between:
So don't delay. Any work you do in this class can be used in conjunction with knowledge that you already have or that you will partake in this course. Make sure you share your thoughts with your group. Good luck!
Discussion List on Computer Literacy
An old way to subscribe to any one of my lists.We will use the discussion forums on BlackBoard too. YouTube may be another way to share information among us, like the future of computers. Blogging Please suggest other ways.
Job opportunities for graduating students
CPSR is an international organization. See www.cpsr.org or send me to firstname.lastname@example.org if you'd like to join.
CS-100 & CS-200 students:
Please take the Windows workshop during the 1st 2 weeks of class in CLS 2108. Bring a floppy disk with you.
If you can afford it, do advance registration...
If you have any news-worthy news to share with our class please let me know.
Otherwise: There is nothing new under the sun...
The NY Times on the web.
Last updated 5/2/11