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OpenOffice.org for Teachers

TEC-955
3 Credits
Correspondence
4.92/5.00
OpenOffice.org (OOo) is a productivity suite of software comprised of six components - Writer, Calc, Impress, Draw, Base and Math. OOo is 'open source software' designed as an alternative to Microsoft Office (it can read and save files compatible with Word, Excel and PowerPoint) with the intent of providing universal access by making it available to everyone at no cost; it will always be free to download and may be freely distributed.

This course introduces the basics of OpenOffice.org from installation to creation, saving, printing, and sharing. Through this hands-on, skills-based course participants are offered choices of assignments among a variety of practical projects in the six OpenOffice.org modules. Classroom applications are curriculum-wide including essay writing, history, mathematics, business, sciences and others. The course is suitable for teachers of all subjects and grade levels, administrators, and specialists.

Upon registering, the instructor will mail physical course materials at no additional cost. All assignments may be completed without classroom participation. Instructor support is always readily available by email and phone. Additional information may be found at: www.steveyoungfpu.net



This course is applicable towards the Technology Skills for Educators Certificate.

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Steve Young

Instructor
Just as my mother lived from the dawn of the airplane to watching men walk on the moon, I’ve witnessed the computer shrink in size from a locomotive to a fingernail; from costing more than a house to less than a pair of shoes. In 35 years I’ve worked as a teacher, lecturer, trainer, and technology coordinator, always striving to find the best way to teach. If a pencil does the job, use a pencil. Simple. But the world is not simple, and there are things students need to comprehend that require a depth of knowledge best reached through the power of technology. Never before have I seen so many teachers marvel at how technology has enhanced their classroom - it’s still fun to watch the light bulbs go on!