San Jose State University

EDIT 241: Emerging Technology

Course Syllabus

Foothill College Special Session, Dec. 2004-Feb. 2005

Anderson School, Oak Grove School District

5800 Calpine Dr. San Jose, CA 95123


Course Description

EDIT 241 is a systematic review of results of research studies in techniques of designing; selecting, producing, using, and evaluating the use of curriculum materials and instructional media in teaching; research studies in mass communication media; procedures applicable to setting up small-scale evaluative studies of curriculum materials and media programs within schools (3 units.)


Linda Ullah, M.A.; M.Ed.; 650-949-7681

Course Purposes or Goals

EDIT 241 is a course for educational leaders and planners to prepare them for future changes in educational technology. It is based in research, theory, educational philosophy, history, and current trends in technology, education, and training. It relates cycles of change to paradigm shifts in order to interpret current trends and project future developments.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

Web-based Support

Course hand outs, copies of previous examinations, homework assignments, PowerPoint lectures, class readings, note taking shells for class and so forth may be obtained from the EDIT 241 Interactive Syllabus. The address of the syllabus is:

Optional References and Texts in Emerging Technologies:

Professional Standards

It is assumed that all students are practitioners in the field of educational technology. As such, the highest of standards are expected in professional conduct and in workmanship. Assignments are to be turned in on their due dates, late assignments will be accepted only with a valid medical excuse. Late work will be penalized one letter grade per class meeting. All work is to be word processed - handwritten work is unacceptable. It is anticipated that students will maintain the highest of professional standards in their class attendance and participation.

Assignments and Grading


A - 90 to 100% of the total possible points

B - 80 to 89% of the total possible points

C - 70 to 79 % of the total possible points

D - 60 to 69% of the total possible points

F - 0 to 59% of the total possible points

Reflective Journal  (  (100 points) - Students are to collect reflective teaching assignments and place them in ePortfolio using Blogger ( The purpose of this journal is to showcase each studentsą ability to integrate technology into classroom and/or learning activities. Reflective teaching activities are listed in this syllabus. Each student is responsible for email the URL (Web address) for his/her Blogger journal to the instructor (  Final journals are due February 12.


Multimedia Poster Sessions (100 points each) for a total of 200 points ­

1. (100 points) Students are to prepare a multimedia poster presentation on an emerging technology. The poster presentation is to focus on an emerging technology as is has and is affecting teaching and learning. The multimedia poster session (PowerPoint, HyperStudio, etc) should cover the following: description of the technology, developers of the technology, current or projected uses of the technology, costs, specialized equipment or standards for usage, availability, physical access, adaptability, level of interactivity, type of control, vendor or producer information, educational applications of the technology, effectiveness of the technology in the school setting, and a bibliography covering salient sources. Presentations: January 8, 2005


2.  (100 points) Students are to prepare a digital story (digital movie) on one of the course topics.  The movie will show the pedagogy behind the topic, major innovators, researchers responsible for the topic, major information about the topic we should all be familiar with, the importance of the topic to the integration of technology in the classroom, and the effectiveness of the new technology in regard to student learning outcomes.  Presentations: February 5, 2005


Classroom Web Site: (100 points)  Students will review a variety of classroom web sites to determine what features a good classroom Web site should contain, and use Netscape Composer to create a Web site for their classroom.  Due: February 12, 2005


Final Assessment (100 points) - The cognitive assessment to measure students' knowledge of the content covered in lecture and resources will be due on the last class meeting date. This assessment will be based on the students understanding of the course material and the studentsą integration of technology into his/her classroom curriculum and teaching practice. This assessment will be based on the creation of a technology related project based on the online course materials to be done in the classroom during the 2004-2005 school year. The progress toward completing this project will done weekly.  The final project is due: February 12, 2005


Fudge Factor (25 to 100 points) - From time to time during the course, smaller in-class and out-of-class assignments will be made by the instructor. These assignments will be announced at the time they are made and due as assigned.


Criteria for Evaluation of Projects


Projects will be evaluated on the following criteria:


1. Educational application

2. Technical quality

3. Use of technologies

4. Product delivery

Mission Statement

The College of Education continues a long history of preparing educators for a diverse, technologically complex society. Programs prepare students in a variety of educational fields, including teaching and other areas of specialization. Although a large majority of students are graduate candidates seeking California educational credentials or Master's degrees, undergraduate programs in Child Development and Speech Pathology and Audiology are also available.

Within the college, the Instructional Technology Program offers a curse of studies that has an emphasis on instructional materials and technology of instruction. Course offered include basic production and utilization courses intended for students seeking basic training credentials as well as advanced courses for those students specializing in materials preparation, media services, computer utilization and instructional design.

Instructional Technology Department Mission

The mission of the Instructional Technology Department in the College of Education at San Jose State University is to prepare instructional designers who have the knowledge, skills, dispositions and ethics that ensure equity and excellence for all learners in a culturally diverse, technologically complex, global community. The policies and practices of the Instructional Technology Department in the College of Education at San JosŽ State University are based on the belief that teaching in a democracy requires and must ensure that:


Day 1,  Saturday, December 11, 2004

·         Welcome to the Anderson School 04-05 Special Session EDIT 241

·         The course home page will be regularly updated with new information. More importantly, all the course materials are located on the Web site and you are responsible for downloading and printing documents you need before class. Course materials located on the web site will not be provided to you in class.

·         You will need the FREE Adobe Acrobat Reader to view and print course materials saved as PDF documents.

·         Be alert...the syllabus and schedule are subject to change! So, bookmark this page and visit regularly before each class!.


·         Introduction and History of Emerging Technologies (Software= Inspiration, MS Word, PowerPoint)

·         Project-based Learning ­an overview

·         Online Educational Resources and Tools

·         Exemplary Technology Integrated Educational Projects

·         Virtual Worlds

·         Online bookmark sites for gathering resources for your project:

o        Trackstar (online annotated bookmarks)

o (online bookmarks)

Homework Due Jan 8


1. Work on Emerging Technology PowerPoint presentation (See potential topic list below.  Bring a hard copy of your PPT to share with the class)

§         Palms in the classroom

§         Wireless technology in the classroom of school

§         Laptops in the classroom

§         Use of instant messaging as an instructional strategy

§         PC Tablets in the classroom

§         Alphasmarts in the classroom

§         WebQuests

§         Great online resources for teachers


2. Online Course:


Reading: Topics 1 and 2


3. Reflective Journal (Your Blogger Account):


1: Due Dec 18: Reflect on the challenges teachers face when dealing with the realities of the standards movement.


2: Due Jan 8:  Write a short (one or two paragraph) plan for integrating virtual worlds, Quicktime VR, and /or webcams into your instruction.  What would be an appropriate use of virtual learning materials in your classroom?  What specific lesions and/or units of instruction would be enhanced through the use of these resources?  Explain our answer.


4. Assignment (Post at:


1. Due Dec. 18:  Post the standards (both content and technology) you would like to meet with the project you will plan in this course.

Respond to one other person's posting. Offer suggestions and resources to help that person.


2, Due Jan 8:  Next write your goals. Goals are the general or overall concepts that teachers want students to learn.

Then write a measurable objective or two for each goal objectives are what Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe refer to in Understanding by Design as enduring understandings. These are the concepts that teachers want students to comprehend fully.

Think about the following as you plan to write your objectives:

 1. What will your students do that will indicate they understand the subject?

 2. What will happen if they do not fully understand the subject?

 3. How will you know the difference between students getting the "right" answer and really understanding the subject?

 4. What will students do to indicate they REALLY understand the subject?

 5. How will technology be used as a tool to contribute to your students gaining enduring understanding of the subject?


Respond to one other person's posting. Offer suggestions and resources to help that person


Day 2, Saturday, January 8, 2005: 




o  Share Emerging Technology PowerPoints  (100 points)

o  Visual Imaging

o  Multimedia, Visual Literacy and CD Rom

 Topics (choose 1):

·        Changing Views of Teaching: Multiculturalism

·        Changing Views of Teaching: Constructivism (Project-based Learning)

·        Telecommunications Tools

·        Information Technologies

·        Adaptive Technologies

·        Visual Literacy

·        Assessing Learning

·        Systemic Change and Paradigm Shifts

·        Distance Learning


Homework Due Feb 4

1. Work on Digital movie on one of the above topics  (100 points)


2. Online Course:


Reading: Topics 3-6


3. Reflective Journal (Your Blogger Account):


1.       Due: Jan 15: Attend one Tapped In After School Online discussion and post a summary of what you learned that you can use in your classroom.

2.      Due Jan 22: Which element of Project Based Learning do you think will be the hardest for you to implement. Explain why you think this will be difficult?

3.      Due Jan 29: What surprised you the most about the article Meaningful, Engaged Learning?

o  How do the indicators of engaged learning in this article compare to what you see in your classroom?

o  What modifications do you think you might need to make in your teaching style to accommodate integrating a technology project into your curriculum?

4.   Due Feb 4:  Post a summary of your teaching style and how you think you can best integrate technology to engage your students in learning and improve student learning outcomes. How do you think the goals and objectives you've written for your student project, lesson or unit will accomplish this?



4. Assignment (Post at:


1.      Due Jan 15:

o       Think about the project, unit or lesson you are developing to integrate technology into your curriculum. Go to the Forum and post your answers to these questions.

o       How you think you can best integrate technology to engage your students in learning and improve student learning outcomes?

o       How do you think the goals and objectives you've written for your student project, lesson or unit will help accomplish this?

o       What would you have to do to adapt this project to your grade level standards and students' learning needs?

o       What technology standards does this project meet?


Read the other students' postings. Pick one posting to comment on.


2.  Due Jan 22: Discuss the ways Piaget's views are evident in your teaching practices.

3.  Due: Jan 29: As you work on planning your final project reflect on and post your thoughts on the following:

Respond to one other person's posting. Offer suggestions and resources to help that person

4.  Due: Feb 5:  As you work on planning your final project reflect on and post your thoughts on the following:

§        How will technology be used to support and foster learning?

Respond to one other person's posting. Offer suggestions and resources to help that person


Day 3, Saturday, February 5, 2004




1.  Presentation of Digital Movies (100 points)

2.  Multimedia and Relational Databases  (Software: Filemaker Pro)

3.  Creating a Classroom Web site (Netscape Composer)

4. Assessing Learning

Rubistar(online rubric maker)


Homework Due Feb 12

1. Work on Classroom Web site  (100 points) Due Feb 12


2. Online Course:


Reading: Topic 7


3. Reflective Journal (Your Blogger Account):

Due February 12 (100 points) : What changes will take place in your classroom as a result of student use of technology?


4. Assignment (Post at:


Due February 12 (100 Points): Post a standards-based, student-centered project that integrates student use of some form of technology into your classroom curriculum. Be sure to include the following:

o  Goals and Measurable Objectives

o  Real World Connection

o  Time frame

o  Opportunities for student collaboration and decision making

o  Activities that integrate technology into your curriculum

o Non technology related activities


Day 4: Saturday February 12


o   Telecommunications Tools, Distance Learning.

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o  Wireless and PDA technologies in the classroom (hand on)

o       Copyright and Fair Use

o       Presentation of classroom Web sites and overview of project plans