J. Koehler, Sharman Siebenthal, Aman Yadav
Date: 23rd May, 2003
Subject: 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
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:
Website | Email
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!
Website | Email
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!
Website | Email
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:
firstname.lastname@example.org) 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.
Sharman Siebenthal, & Aman
509A Erickson Hall
East Lansing, MI 48824
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: email@example.com)
has to over-ride your enrollment, and will mostly likely do it this first
week of June.
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.
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.
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.