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Standard 15

Technological Literacy

The program provides candidates with opportunities to understand and demonstrate skills in current technology for communication and collecting, organizing, distributing and analyzing data and resources in order to facilitate effective and appropriate outcomes in program management and individual student achievement.

Opportunities to understand and demonstrate skills in the use of technology for communication and for access to information.

Candidates develop and apply their technological literacy to facilitate their own learning outcomes, and the learning outcomes of their peers when they use the computer and/or media presentation to complete course requirements. They also apply their technological skills to facilitate the learning outcomes of K-12 students when they practice school counseling in their field placement.

Candidates are required by the university to have access to computers and communications links for educational purposes. In order to fulfill the requirements of courses in the PPS program, candidates develop and demonstrate basic technology literacy skills to use a word processor, access the Internet, download files, and communicate with others through email. Candidates use technology to conduct research, access resources, and collaborate with instructors and peers. Candidates also use technology to store, organize, and retrieve information for their course work. Candidates help peers learn specific topics through their presentations, which often use media such as powerpoint presentations. These skills are directly instrumental in facilitating effective and appropriate educational outcomes.

1.  Use of computers

Candidates are required by the university to have access to computers and communications links for educational purposes:

“At California State University, Fresno, computers and communications links to remote resources are recognized as being integral to the education and research experience. Every student is required to have his/her own computer or have other personal access to a workstation (including a modem and a printer) with all the recommended software. The minimum and recommended standards for the workstations and software, which may vary by academic major, are updated periodically and are available form Information Technology Services (http://www/ or the University Bookstore. In the curriculum and class assignments, students are presumed to have 24-hour access to a computer workstation and the necessary communication links to the University…” (Schedule of Classes, p. 15)

2.  Library Facilities and Equipment

Candidates are often required to conduct research on studies pertaining to the specific topics of the courses. They depend largely on the library for research. Candidates also use multi-media resources available at the library for class presentations. When they use the resources at the library, they are exposed to a wide range of technological instruments. For example:

Study stations and other supportive equipment available in the Libraryinclude:

  1. 1.      ALIS workstations                
  2. 2.      Audio listening stations         
  3. 3.      Video stations                        
  4. 4.      CD-ROM user stations
  5. 5.      Coin-op typewriters               
  6. 6.      Photocopy machines              
  7. 7.      Micro reader/printers              
  8. 8.      Microfilm reader stations       
  9. 9.      Student reader stations

The Library now has electronic access to over 40 databases covering periodicals, newspapers, and full text sources on many subjects. Students and faculty with Internet access can search many of these databases from home or office.

3.  Access of information regarding the counseling program

Students can access information via the website of the counseling program:

4.  Use of a word processor

Candidates have been submitting paper to instructors through the use of a word processor in all courses.

5.  Use of emails

Candidates are often encouraged to communicate with instructors and peers through the use of emails. Email addresses of instructors are included in the course syllabi.

Use of internets

Coun 150: The instructor incorporates the use of internet to access contemporary readings/resources with the following instructions:

Required Materials:

Internet:“Kids & the Law” – available from Links on instructor’s web page.

Coun 200, Seminar in Counseling Techniques and Coun 208, Practicum in Counseling require students to use technology such as audiotape and videotape to record and review their counseling sessions in order to improve their counseling skills and counseling outcomes with clients.

Coun 203: Topics include Major Appraisal Methods Including Computer Managed and Computer Assisted Methods

Coun 220: Objective 9: Identify the variety of computer-based and non-computer based career resources.

Students are introduced to the use of computer assisted guidance programs such as EUREKA and SIGI Plus which provide information to students about their interests and skills in order to help them make informed career decisions. A constant element of the course is to introduce students to various websites that provide material to enhance the course content.

Coun 240:Community and Internet Resource Assignment: Each student will explore the information and resources available from an internet site and a local agency that can assist the family that he/she is working with.

Coun 249: Syllabus, announcements and email messages are posted through Blackboard.

Use of technology in school settings:

Coun 249: Mandatory activities:

Become familiar with data and information systems on student learning and achievement

Become familiar with the use of school technologies for information access, teaching and learning

Assessment: Students’ skills in technology are assessed by onsite supervisor as a part of job mastery.

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