Introduction to Educational Computing
412B Miller Hall
This course is intended to provide opportunities for self-directed learning
through exposure to a wide range of topics in educational computing, and
through experience and experimentation with educational computing activities.
Special emphasis will be placed on two student activities: using the Internet
to connect and share information and ideas among classrooms on geographically
dispersed campuses, and creation of a computer-based lesson using an authoring
Maddux, Johnson, & Willis, Educational Computing: Learning with Tomorrow's
The first 90 minutes of most class meetings will consist of discussion of
the assigned reading, presentation of student article reports, instructor
lecture-demonstrations, and a video related to the day's topic. The second
half of each class meeting will be devoted to working with the lab computers on:
(1) applied exploration of the scheduled topic, and / or
(2) course assignments (messages to and from EDUC-TEL, the model school
report, the courseware project).
Allocation of sufficient time for the required projects, both during scheduled
class periods and at other times as needed, is the student's responsibility.
I can answer most questions by e-mail on the same day virtually anytime
during the week, including most weekends. Please use e-mail to consult with
me about any aspect of the course or your studies, day or night. Please
always use the subject line "434" so that I will notice and respond
to your message as soon as possible.
Week 1 Introductions; course overview;
video: TV 2000; EDUC-TEL
sign-up; article topic sign-ups
Week 2 Video: The
Machine that Changed the World: Inventing the
groups for model school field trip/ report project
Reading: Chapters 1, 3
Week 3 Type A Software: word processor,
spreadsheet, graphics tools; videos: El Cerrito, Bellrive,
Alpine, & Marine Park
DUE: Introductory Messages to EDUC-TEL
DUE: Type A Software articles
Reading: Chapters 7, 10, 12
Week 4 Type B Software: drill &
practice, tutorial, game, simulation
DUE: Type B Software articles
Reading: Chapters 5, 9
Week 5Courseware Authoring
DUE: Model School Report to EDUC-TEL
Week 6 Courseware Authoring
DUE: Courseware Project Plan
Week 7 Multimedia, CD-ROM, laserdisc;
videos: Church Street &
DUE: Multimedia articles
Reading: Chapters 15, 16
Week 8 Integration in Classroom Practice;
videos:Yujin Gakuen &
DUE: Integration articles
Reading: Model School Reports on the EDUC-TEL list
Week 9 Virtual Reality; video: Discovering
Virtual Reality: An
Experiment in Learning
DUE: Virtual Reality articles
Reading: To be provided
Week 10 Courseware Project Presentations
DUE: Courseware Project
In addition to the projects described below, you are expected to complete
the assigned reading before class and prepare to ask a question or state
your views on the topic.
Due Dates for Principal Assignments
April 12 - Introductory Messages to EDUC-TEL
This assignment has three parts:
(1) Subscribe to our special Internet Mailserv list EDUC-TEL.
(2) Send a message introducing yourself to the other student subscribers
the EDUC-TEL list.
(3) Reply to one or more of the issues raised either by the instructors
Hunt at Cal State, Matt Maurer at Butler, or Chet Hedden
or one or more of the student subscribers to the EDUC-TEL
April 26 - Model School Report to EDUC-TEL
This assignment has three parts:
(1) Working in small groups, you will locate and visit a "model"
school in the Puget Sound region. Your visit should
include observation of
student and/or teacher activity, hardware and software,
and discussion with
a teacher, principal, librarian, technology coordinator,
or other knowledgeable
(2) Working individually, you will write a two-page report of your observations
using a word processor. You will then "upload" your
report to PINE and send
it to the EDUC-TEL list for review and comment by
students at Cal State and
(3) Read and prepare to compare the results of our research with those reported
by students on the other campuses. We will discuss the results of all the
on the EDUC-TEL list on May 17.
Districts and schools in our area that are rumored (not verified by me)
to have notable technology programs include the Shoreline District (especially
Kellogg Middle School and Shorecrest High School); Northshore, Edmonds,
Lake Washington, Bellevue, and Issaquah School Districts; and Rainier Beach
and Nathan Hale High Schools in Seattle. It will be your responsibility
to find the schools in the Puget Sound area that are making good use of
computers, visit one of them, and write up and share your observations with
all subscribers to the EDUC-TEL list.
April 12 - May 24 - Article Assignment
Due Dates & Topics
April 12 - Type A Software
April 19 - Type B Software
May 10 - Multimedia
May 17 - Integration in Classroom Practice
May 24 - Virtual Reality
The Article Assignment has four parts:
(1) Choose one topic from the above list.
(2) Find one article that interests you in the research literature on that
(3) Copy the article.
(4) Describe the article to the class on the day the topic is scheduled
Be prepared to answer questions about your article posed by your classmates.
Please also hand in one copy of the article (unstapled). I will copy and
distribute all the articles to the class on May 31.
May 3 - Courseware Project Plan
Send to me via e-mail a one-half page plan for a lesson you will produce
using Authorware Professional or equivalent software. Describe
the students, the learning outcome(s), and the strategies you will use.
May 31 - Courseware Project
Using the instructional design guidelines I will provide in lectures on
April 26 and May 3, and Authorware Professional or other software
provided by you, create a simple, computer-based lesson that teaches a fact,
a concept, a rule, or a procedure. Present your work at the last class meeting
and provide me with a copy on a 3.5 inch floppy disk.
The course is graded credit/no credit. For credit, students must satisfactorily
complete all assignments, attend class, and participate in activities
and discussions. Unsatisfactory work will not receive credit.