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Technology Plan 2004-2007

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Foreign Language Department

Description
Presently, Spring 2004 the Foreign Language Department has ten (10) computers and nine (9) printers. One is used by the Foreign Language Assistant and is located in the Foreign Language Office. The Foreign Language Office has an HP printer/scanner/copier/fax. The Foreign Language Office also has one computer with the capability to burn CDs and is used exclusively for that. All eight full-time faculty have upgraded computers and printers. Seven of the faculty computers now have ZIP drives, and CD Roms; six have speakers and four have printer/scanners/copiers. All departmental computers need to have Microsoft Office upgraded to at least 2000 and Windows needs to be upgraded and replaced with Windows XP. Software packages are required for web page design, foreign language characters and translation software, in all languages taught. The Foreign Language Department is pushing towards replacing computer-assisted learning software for Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian and Spanish with web sites links. It is imperative that all fulltime faculty members obtain computers and software that will facilitate the quick access to web pages and the proper tools in order to create web pages with appropriate and proper links. A CD burner is now available to provide instructional support.

In the classroom, there are Smart Carts in four of the five foreign language classrooms. Currently, smart-cart use in room 538 is limited to equipment check out from IMS. The addition of at least one more Smart Cart is necessary. At present, none of the classrooms used by the Foreign Language Department are equipped with data projectors and screens. With the continued incorporation of technology in language learning, data projectors and screens in at least two classrooms, 555A and 555B, would enhance instruction.
 
Also, our program would benefit by having our Smart Carts updated with ELMO, DVD and data projectors. We are requesting, in addition, six new computers with flat monitors, a PhotoShop program, and a Test Making program.
 
 
Curriculum Impact
Updated computer technology provides faculty with tools to generate instructional material and high-tech multimedia presentations; furthermore, it provides faculty with the vehicles to develop collaborative learning packages and increases the overall work efficiency of the Foreign Language Department programs. Faculty and students will have access to new and/or updated versions of software from on or off campus.

Approximate Number of Students Served
Presently the Foreign Language Department serves approximately 2200 students. With the approval of majors in Arabic, Japanese and Russian and the offering of Chinese in fall 2002, the Department anticipates a slight increase in enrollment.
 
Support Impact
None.

Year 1 (2004-2005)

Objective
Equip the all Foreign Language instructors Office’s with new computers, monitors and software appropriate to enhance and improve the support to students and faculty.
Objective not met.
Provide faculty and the Foreign Language Department office with computers and software that are commensurate with current technological demands.
Objective met as of computers, but not software.
Equip all Foreign Languages classrooms with updated SmartCarts containing: ELMO, DVD players and data projectors and screens
Objective not met.
Equip at least one Foreign Language instructor’s Office PhotoShop program and Test Making software.
Objective not met.
 
 
 
Action to Meet Objective
HP Deskjet printer/fax/copier/scanner for Foreign Language Office done
One high –end computer with IFAS access for Foreign Language Chair done
Six faculty computers need to be upgraded to at least 128 RAM. done
Five zip drives done
Four CD roms done
Four sets of speakers done
Four printer/scanners/copiers done
One SmartCart not done
One data projector and screen not done
CD Burners in all full-time instructors' offices

Year 2 (2005-2006)

Objective
Because the Foreign Language is pushing towards replacing computer-assisted learning software for Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian and Spanish with web sites links that will facilitate the quick access to web pages and the proper tools in order to create web pages with appropriate and proper links. The objectives for year 2 will be reviewed and modified in spring 2005 when the new technology plans will be submitted.

  • To continue to provide faculty and the Foreign Language Department office with computers and software that are commensurate with current technological demands.
    Objective in progress.
  • Equip all Foreign Languages rooms with an updated SmartCart
    Objective not met.
  • Equip all classrooms with a data projector and screen.
    Objective not met.
  • Provide support to faculty and student with the use of a CD burner
    Objective met.

Action to Meet Objective
Four zip drives done
Four CD roms done
Four sets of speakers done
Four printers/scanners/copiers done
Five computers need to be upgraded to Microsoft Office 2000 done
Nine Windows XP software need to be installed done
Nine website software packages in progress
One CD burner done
Updated SmartCarts not done
Data projectors and screens not done

Year 3 (2006-2007)

 

Objective

  • To continue to provide faculty and the Foreign Language Department office with computers and software that are commensurate with current technological demands.
  • Equip all Foreign Languages rooms with an updated SmartCart
  • Equip all classrooms with a data projector and screen.
     

Action to Meet Objective

  • One lap-top computer
  • Three printers/scanners/copiers
  • Three CD burners
  • One brand new computer for FL Office (546)
  • Four 17” LCD Flat Display Monitors

 


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