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EDU 201
Technology and Instructional Materials in the Classroom
Spring, 2001

Dr. Merryellen Towey Schulz
Office - Adm 289
Office Hours - 1:00 - 3:00 T & Th or by appointment
Phone - 399-2432 (office)  558-0789 (home)
Email -
Web Site -

Thursday evenings - 6:00 - 8:40

Test:  Shelly, G.B., Cashman, T. J., Gunter, R.E., & Gunter, G.A. (1999). Teachers Discovering Computers: A link to the Future. Cambridge, MA: Course Technology. URL http:// 

High density floppy disks
CSM Email account

Course Description
As a result of participation in this course, using the educational technology research as a foundation, students will …

        learn strategies for integrating instructional technology in curriculum planning.

        select software and instructional media for use in classrooms, develop curricular activities that include computer applications and use hypermedia and multimedia programs.

        demonstrate operation and use of equipment and materials that involve the effective use of technology in teaching and presentation.

An attempt is being made to make this a "paper-less" course. Most course handouts will be available on the instructor's web page. Students will submit their work electronically.

The goals for this course are based on national standards set by the International Society for Technology in Education, ISTE and competencies set by the Nebraska Department of Education.  These serve as a framework for the course from which each student will set specific individual objectives.


Iste Standards for Teachers


Iste Standards for Students


Nebraska Competencies (in process)

Important Information

This is a performance-based course, very different from traditional college courses. In order to learn to use technology you will need to spend time using computers.  Be sure to plan computer time into your schedule. Plan to spend about 6 hours a week outside of class working on computers to complete class assignments. Allow extra time for unexpected technical problems. It is important that you begin projects early and plan time for technical difficulties and system failures.

You are expected to complete and turn in all assignments.  While there is a great deal of flexibility in the schedule, it is important that you turn in assignments as close to approximate due dates as possible.

Save Often
It is important that you always save your work. I recommend that you save your work every 10 minutes while you are working to prevent frustrating loss of time and effort. The most important thing you can learn about working with technology is SAVE OFTEN. Also important is backing up your work.  Always make a backup disk (even two) and be careful about where you put them.  Be sure to label every disk.


This course will consist of hands-on experiences and attendance is necessary for learning and meeting the objectives.  Missing a class is equivalent to missing a week of classes and can jeopardize your grade.  Each tardy or leaving early for any reason will lower your grade by 1%.  Each absence for any reason will lower your grade by 2%.  Exceptions may be made at the discretion of the instructor.

 Should weather conditions cause the cancellation of class, an announcement will be made on the radio and by the instructor with e-mail.  Telephone arrangements will be made for those who do not have access to e-mail in their homes.

Learning Activities

Pedagogical considerations and assessment techniques will be integrated with each learning activity. 

All course assignments will be submitted individually, though on most assignments it will be beneficial to work with your learning partners. 

A demonstration by the instructor, who has experience with technology, can make procedures seem simple. Be careful to take notes during demonstrations so that you can perform the task at a later time when the instructor or your partner may not be available.

The purpose of the technology portfolio web site is to demonstrate the technical and pedagogical skills that you have developed and the progress that you have made toward the course goals during the semester. It is made up of samples of the work from each of the areas explored during the course, reflections on the course activities, and a self assessment of your progress toward the course goals. Specific instructions and a scoring rubric will be given in class.

Introduction journal 20 Print Shop sign 10 Web Site 75
Basic Skills checklist 10 Digital photo 10 Newsletter 20
Inspiration graphic organizer 10 Treasure Hunt 50 Web Quest 50
Web site evaluations 20 Hyper Studio stack 50 Presentation 20
Spreadsheet 10 Lesson Plans 50
NETA response paper 20 Participation A 15 Participation B 15


Grading Scale for Educational Technology 201

 A  90 - 100%  338 - 375
 B  80 - 92% 300 - 337
 C  70 - 83%  263 - 299
 D  60 - 74% 225 - 262
 F  Below 60%  < 225


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