CEP 800~801~822
Summer, 2003
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Course Documents
Educational Technology
Master's Program
Summer 2003: East Lansing

Matthew J. Koehler, Sharman Siebenthal, Aman Yadav
23rd May, 2003
Getting ready for summer

Dear fellow educators, Welcome to the summer 2003 session of the Masters Program in Educational Technology. We are sending this note out to all the students who have signed up for the summer session. Please read through this note carefully, because this email contains a lot of useful information that will help you prepare for this intensive 3 course summer program. Attached to this letter is a short checklist of issues that we want you to read, consider, and (if need be) take action on before these classes begin.

We (Matthew J. Koehler, Sharman Siebenthal, Aman Yadav) will be your instructors for the block of three courses: CEP800 (Learning in school and other settings); CEP 801 (Psychological development, learner differences and commonalities); & CEP 822 (Approaches to Educational Research). We will cover these three courses as an integrated seminar beginning on Thurs, June 19 and continuing through Friday, July 18. There will be no class on July 3 & 4. We will meet in Room 133, Erickson Hall (Technology Exploration Center, a.k.a. TEC) in the College of Education from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM every day.

This three-course, integrated seminar brings together a study of technology, teaching, and learning. Throughout our time together we will explore various uses of technology and what is currently known about human learning and development. After all, in order to use technology in meaningful ways, we must understand who it is that will use the technology and their abilities at a specific age and/or grade.

There are two key goals we aim to achieve this summer: one easy and the other difficult. The easy one is to learn about technology. Some of you may already know a lot about it and some may know less. But learning that stuff is easy and we will do some of that this summer. The difficult goal is figuring out what we are going to do with our knowledge of technology to help students learn and to help ourselves develop professionally. Here things get messy and confusing. Clear answers are hard to come by, in fact sometimes it may not even be clear what the problems are. We will try to make some headway into these issues.

Because this is the first time you will be meeting us, we have included brief personal statements below to introduce ourselves to you:

Matthew J. Koehler
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I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Learning Technology and Culture at MSU. I am interested in the psychology and design of educational technology, particularly around the use of digital video. I have a background in mathematics, computer science, cognitive psychology, and educational psychology. Check out my website for more information!

Sharman Siebenthal
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I'm defending my Ph.D. in Teacher Education in August and will assume an assistant professor at UM-Flint in the fall. I'm interested in instructional technology, early childhood education, literacy, social foundations, assessment, and educational policy. I enjoy working with digital video and helping teachers express their ideas, lesson plans, student work, and professional development ideas with technology. I'm looking forward to a terrific summer working with you this summer!

Aman Yadav
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I am a second year Ph.D. student in the Learning, Technology, and Culture program at MSU. I am interested in the way in which technology affects cognitive process, helping people learn and explore new dimensions. This will be my first experience as a teacher, so please be gentle with me! :)

Finally, we have attached a short checklist of issues that we want you to look over and (if need be) act on before these classes begin. Please contact Sue Way (phone: 517-353-0637 or email: waysusan@msu.edu) by June 10 if you foresee problems with any of these issues. We look forward to meeting each of you on June 19. Please feel free to get in touch with us if you have any questions or concerns.

Thanks, ~M~J~K~

Matthew Koehler, Sharman Siebenthal, & Aman Yadav
509A Erickson Hall
East Lansing, MI 48824
Ph: 517.353.7211
Email: mkoehler@msu.edu
Fax: 517.353.6393

Check-List to prepare for Summer 2003 Master’s Program in Educational Technology

Registering for Classes
Each of you should have recieved (or recieve shortly) a formal letter from the University with your Pin and Pan #s. This should allow you to register, but our registrations are done by over-rides first. Sue Way (phone: 517-353-0637 or email: waysusan@msu.edu) has to over-ride your enrollment, and will mostly likely do it this first week of June.

Advising & Meeting with Advisors
You may have received a letter from the program that mentions meeting with your academic advisor. You need not meet with anyone before classes begin. You just need to register, and show up to class. Both Patrick Dickson and Sue Way will be at one of our early meetings to discuss program issues and answer questions.

Readings etc.
We have compiled a reading packet for the summer that will be available for purchase at Budget Printing. We will inform you when these are available and where to pick them up. Additional readings may be provided as and when needed in paper or electronic form.

This intensive summer program requires a lot of work outside of class time which makes having access to a personal machine quite important. We expect that each of you have regular use of a personal computer with a CD-ROM drive, a phone line, and a modem (preferably in your home). Getting a laptop may be a good idea. It can be very useful to bring all your work to class each day on a portable computer. This may be impossible for some, but if you have the option of owning or using a laptop computer for the duration of the classes, we strongly encourage you to do so. If you do get a laptop please remember to get an Ethernet cable so you can plug your computer into the MSU network.

Digital Cameras
We will be doing some work with creating, editing and manipulating digital images (still and video). We are getting some cameras for the class but it is difficult to get one for everybody. If you have access to a digital camera (still or video) then please bring it to class.

Your computers should have the following software:

  • A Web browser (the latest versions of Microsoft Internet Explorer or Netscape Navigator),

  • Productivity tools (word processor, presentation software, spreadsheet, basic image editor etc.)

  • Web Page editing software (we recommend, but require you to,mpurchasing Macromedia Dreamweaver 4.0). Dreamweaver is often sold as a part of a package deal including Macromedia Fireworks. We do not require that you buy Dreamweaver but it may be useful to have a copy. You may consider buying it from the MSU computer store, to make sure you get the educational discount.

Note: We understand that some of you may have used Microsoft FrontPage in the past and would like to continue to do so. You do not have to buy Dreamweaver if you already have FrontPage. However, our experience indicates that Dreamweaver is a much easier package to learn and use. So if you are a beginning web designer, or do not own a package currently, please go with Dreamweaver.

© 2003, Matthew J. Koehler (thanks to Punya for his work in designing this course)