Savvy Cyber Teacher® Course
Mentee Teacher Prerequisites
Although the Savvy Cyber Teacher Course is designed for the beginner
Internet user, it is a fairly intensive 30-hour course which presents a
good deal of new information to its participants.
From the experience gained in similar course offerings it has become
clear that it is important that potential participants meet certain prerequisites
and benchmarks if they are going to meet with success in the course. For
this reason, it is important that the following list of prerequisites be
reviewed prior to the course and only those candidates who meet the requirements
participate in the training. If you have questions about items listed
below or are unsure if you meet the requirements, please contact your course
instructor. If you need assistance in contacting your instructor
or need more information about the course, place contact your city's project
coordinator whose email address and phone number can be located by clicking
on the "Project Staff" button on the menu to the left. City project
coordinators can also direct you to web site tutorials or local classes
that can help you meet these prerequisites and prepare for this course.
If you are looking to gain more experience, you can find many online
Basic Computer Skills
Ability and experience using a mouse - You must be able to accurately
point and click with your mouse.
Good keyboarding skills - Although you do not need to be able to
touch type, you do need to locate the appropriate keys quickly and be capable
of typing accurately in a timely fashion.
Ability to open (run) and close (quit/exit) programs - You should
be able to open and close at least one program.
Ability to open and close windows (screens)
Ability to save files to your floppy disk or hard drive
Be able to create folders (directories) on your hard drive or disk
Ability to use a multimedia CD-ROM - Although you will not be using
CD-ROMs in the course, knowledge of how they work is useful.
Ability to cut, copy and paste text
Access to Technology
Access to the Internet in your school - At a minimum, you should
have Internet access on at least one computer in your school building.
You should be able to access the Internet-capable computer during the school
Access to the Internet after work - The course does require participants
to complete homework assignments and practice skills outside of the training
lab, thus it is important that you can access the Internet outside of the
regular school day.
Fast Internet access - It is important that you have at least a
28,800 bps modem and computer that is no more then 4 years old.
Reliable Internet access - Although the Internet is never 100% reliable,
it is important that you can count on a connection when needed (i.e. no
busy signals or disconnection) and access to technical support people who
can respond to your needs in a timely fashion.
Access to the Internet in your classroom - Although this is not
required, it is highly recommended. If you do not currently have
access in your classroom, you should investigate getting it by the conclusion
of the course.
Access to the Internet and a computer at home - Because of the homework
assignments and need to practice new skills, having a computer at home
with Internet access can be a real asset.
High speed Internet access - The faster your Internet connection
Exposure to use of computers - You should have at least limited
experience using a comuter.
Use of computers and technology with students - You should have
some exposure to using computers and other instructional technology in
One years of computer experience - The more experience using computers
you have the better.
Science and/or math teacher - Although the course is open
to all educators, it is geared toward teachers who deal with math and science
topics as part or all of their curriculum. If you do not cover these
topics, you can still benefit from taking the course but should be prepared
to see a large portion of math and science resources and applications.
You may wish to review the syllabus for the course to gain a better understanding
of what is covered.
The following items should also be considered:
Time - It will be important to have the time to complete the homework
assignments and practice what you learn in the 3-hour workshops. The homework
assignments are not optional and will take between 30 minutes to an hour
Attendance - Because this course covers so much material in each
class, it is vital that you do not plan to miss any classes and attend
for the full three hours.
Interest in using technology as an instructional tool - You would
benefit from having a personal interest in using technology in the classroom
in new and creative ways.