Savvy Cyber Teacher® CourseMentor 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. Participants who
are selected to become Mentor Teachers for the Alliance project will have
the added requirement of conducting their own training back in their school
or district once they complete the 10-week program.
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 and
especially if they will go on to mentor other teachers. 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
be selected to become Alliance Mentor Teachers. If you have questions
about items listed below or are unsure if you meet the requirements, please
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.
NOTE: Participants' skill levels will be reviewed at the first session
and those who are not ready to take the course may be asked to delay participation
until they gain more experience.
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
Ability to print documents - You should know how to print from at
least one program.
Word processing skills - You should be able to type a letter in
at least one general word processor (e.g. MS Word, Clarisworks, MS Works,
WordPerfect, etc.). You will not be using word processors in the
course but similar software will be introduced, thus having a working knowledge
of word processors is needed.
Basic understanding of Mac or Windows operating system
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 use a spreadsheet program - Spreadsheet programs will
not be used in the course but knowledge of them is beneficial.
Ability to cut, copy and paste text
Access to Technology
Access to computer in classroom - You should have at least one computer
in your classroom.
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,
One year of computer experience - You should have been using a computer
for at least one year before enrolling.
Use of computer at least 2-3 times per month
Use of computers and technology with students - You should have
some experience using computers and other instructional technology in the
Training/teaching adults - You should have experience training
other adults and be comfortable conducting training for your peers.
Three to five years of computer experience - The more experience
using computers you have the better.
Use of computer 2-3 times per week
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. If you do miss a class, be prepared to make up
the work outside of the regularly scheduled workshops.
Interest in using technology as an instructional tool - Participants
would benefit from having a personal interest in using technology in the
classroom in new and creative ways.
Support from school district - It will be helpful if you have support
from your school district and principal.
Commitment to mentoring - It is important that you realize
that you will be expected to conduct your own training back at your school
or district. If you have questions about this, please contact your
city's project coordinator.