Instructional Technology and Media Management
EDUC 410 - Media and Technology
- Course Syllabus -
Anthony Betrus: Instructor
Fall 1998

Credit: Three semester hours

Time: 2:00-3:15 T-Th

Location: Satterlee 300

Purpose: This course is intended to provide undergraduate students in secondary teacher education an overview of the instructional uses of media and technology within their academic area.  The goals of the course are to help students understand 1) uses of various media and technology in professional practice, 2) the current state of technology in education, and 3) major concepts and issues in the field.

Textbooks:    Required: Computers in Education, 8th edition.
                        Recommended: Land, M. and Turner, S. Tools for Schools 2nd Edition.


Homework: There will be 6 homework assignments for this course.  Each assignment will serve to reinforce your knowledge of the application of media and technology to instructional tasks.  For these assignments you are encouraged to acquire/develop materials which you may use in your classroom or instructional setting.  Requirements for individual assignments will be given in class.

Multimedia Project: A multimedia project on an instructional topic of your choice is due after Spring Break.  The topic should be in your teaching discipline and related to a selected unit of study.  The project should include text, graphics, animation and sound and be interactive with the user.

Lesson: Students will negotiate a topic for the final lesson.  The materials to be handed in include a completed lesson plan, presentation materials created in Powerpoint or similar presentation software (presentations may be printed and projected with an overhead projector), and an in class activity.  All materials listed in the lesson should be turned in with the lesson.

Attendance: Daily attendance is required of all students, as the content of daily class discussions can not be obtained in any other way than attending class. Class participation constitutes a significant portion of the overall course grade, and class attendance is a prerequisite for class participation.

Digital Storage: Each student is required to have one 3.5" high density diskette for e-mail and newsgroup communications.  Students are also required to purchase two100mb Zip cartridge for storage of larger files.  Zip cartridges can be purchased at the college book store.

Computer Use: As a class we will be using the Macintosh computers in Satterlee 300.  Students will be required to work with these computers or similar computers outside of class to complete homework assignments and the final term paper.

Newsgroups: Each week an article from Computers in Education will be assigned to be read.  Discussion of this article will take place on-line in the EDUC 410 newsgroup on the Internet.   Threaded discussions will take place among students in both sections of the course.  Students will be expected to do the assigned readings and contribute to the newsgroup discussion with well thought out and carefully considered comments.

Late Policy: Unexcused materials received late will be graded on the basis of a .5 loss in grade for each class day past the due date.

Plagiarism: This course adheres to the College's policy on academic honesty as stated in the Undergraduate Catalog. Plagiarism may lead to grade reduction, course failure, or expulsion from school.

Course Schedule: (subject to change as needed)
Date: Topic:
9/1 Course Introduction/Overview; Review Syllabus & Textbook 
  Read: Appendix A, Tools for Schools
9/3 Internet Communication: E-mail/Newsgroups 
  Read: Article 17 "Six stages for learning to use technology" CIE 
  Read: Introduction and Ch. 8. Tools for Schools
9/8 Locating Internet Teaching Resources: Netscape/WWW
9/10 [Assignment #1 Due: Internet site review] presentations 
  Read: Article 36 "Monster Job", CIE
9/15 Instructional Software Evaluation
  Read: Chapter 9. Tools for Schools
9/17 Instructional Software Evaluation
  Read: Article 13 "Software Evaluation" in CIE
9/22 [Assignment #2 Due: Instructional software review]  presentations 
  Read: Article 3 "The Modern Land of Laputa", CIE 
  Read: Chapters 1,4 Tools for Schools
9/24 Desktop Publishing/Word Processing 
  Read Chapter 2 Tools for Schools
9/29 [Assignment #3 Due: Desktop Published Piece]  presentations 
  Read: Article 4 "Education Wars: The Battle over Information- Age Technology" in CIE 
  Read: Chapter 6 Tools for Schools
10/1 Spreadsheet Applications in Education  (Gradebooks/Simulations)
10/6 [Assignment #4 Due: Class Gradebook] presentations 
  Read: Article 27 "Factors Facilitating Teachers' Use of Computer  Technology" in CIE
10/8 Projected Visuals: Overhead Projector/Opaque Projector 
  Read: Chapter 3 Tools for Schools
10/13 No Class: Columbus Day Break
10/15 [Assignment #5 Due: Projected Visual Presentation]  Class presentations 
  Read: Article 26 "Strengthening the Visual Element in Visual  Media Materials" in CIE
10/20 Visual Presentation Software: Powerpoint
10/22 [Assignment #6 Due: Powerpoint presentation] In class  presentations 
  Read: Article 10 "Design and Application of Teaching Software" 
  Read: Chapter 7 Tools for Schools
10/27 Creativity Software: Inspiration [Multimedia topic due]
10/29 Multimedia Authoring Tools: Hypercard, Hyperstudio, Astound 
  Read: Article 7 "Interactivity and Computer-Based Instruction"
11/3 Class time to work on Multimedia Projects
11/5 Class time to work on Multimedia Projects 
  Read: Article 25 "Multimedia and Cultural Diversity" in CIE
11/10 Class time to work on Multimedia Projects
11/12 [Student Presentations of Multimedia Projects]
11/17 [Student Presentations of Multimedia Projects]
  Read: Article 15 "Instructional Applications of Computer  Games"
11/19 Simulations and Games-The Oregon Trail
11/24 Simulations and Games-Where in the USA is Carmen San Diego?
11/26 No Class - Thanksgiving Break
12/1 Class Time to Work on Lessons 
  Read: Article 23 "The 21st Century Classroom-Scholarship  Environment: What Will it Be Like?"
12/3 Class Time to Work on Lessons
12/8 Class Presentations of Lessons
12/10 Class Presentations of Lessons
12/16 Final Exam Week: Time used if necessary 1:15-3:15 (Wednesday)

Homework: [6 x 20 points each] 120 points
Multimedia Project 60 points
Lesson 60 points
Newsgroup Participation 30 points
Class Participation  30 points
TOTAL 300 points

270-300 points 4.0
255-269 points 3.5
240-254 points 3.0
225-239 points 2.5
210-224 points 2.0
195-209 points 1.5
180-194 points 1.0

Office Information:
Office: Satterlee Hall 216
Phone: (315) 267-2670
Office Hours: M, T, W, Th 12:45-1:45 or by appointment

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