Larry and all -
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Bill Romond
Educational Technology Coordinator
Vermont Department of Education
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-----Original Message-----
From: School Information Technology Discussion [mailto:[log in to unmask]]On Behalf Of Laurence Booker
Sent: Sunday, January 12, 2003 2:59 PM
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Subject: Info/Tech Certification


I've just spent a half hour reading and digesting the email notes from a slew of folks in the Tech Ed et. al. areas.  One of the notes said we  could state our opinions about the requirements for Info/Tech.  I am interested in this certification as a 9 - 12 teacher.  I doubt I would pursue the Coordinator position at this time, perhaps later down the pike.  However, here follow my thoughts on Info/Tech requirements for certification, since I can't get up to the 1/14 meeting.


An Information/Technology person should be or have:

- knowledge of two word processing systems, like Apple Works and Microsoft Word;

- knowledge of two spread sheet systems like Apple and Microsoft;

- knowledge of data base software and its uses;

- knowledge of the use of Power Point and how it can be used for presentations in the content areas;

- knowledge of financial -- and other content -- software, like QUICKEN and the use of sites like BLOOMBERG.COM, so that these can be used in content areas like Accounting;

- the ability to program, or to have programmed, in two languages. BASIC and Pascal come to mind, and there are also several others, but God save us from COBOL;

- the ability to configure in a classroom lecture a hardware system, data communications system, and internal LANs;

- knowledge of the history of computers,  numbering systems and relevant material as background information;

- familiarity with additional software -- PAINT and others -- since we may decide to use these in classroom presentations;

- familiarity with powerful and relevant search engines, like GOOGLE.COM, so classroom research can be done.

- industry experience should be highly applicable in the Info/Tech application process;
- experience in having taught of the professional or college level should also weight in favor of the applicant;
- experience in designing and using web pages.
I think the fact that some of us, because of the incidence of using these software packages in our content area classrooms, have already been exposed to these programs and therefore favorable weight must be given to the applicant because of his/her practical experience.  There are very few classes which a professional teacher can take as regards Word Procesing, Spread Sheet and so on, so practical experience is unavoidable and important.
I wish I could make the 1/14 meeting, but I can't.  Hence, my thoughts above.  I will be quite interested in seeing the finished requirements since I hope to apply for thr Info/Tech certification.
I would appreciate hearing from ay 9of you foplks on my comments.
Thank you,
Larry Booker
Business/Computer Teacher
Windsor High School

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