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Educational Technology Minor (Fall 2008)

Offered by the Department of Educational Studies and Secondary Education

Effective Fall 2008

Technology is permeating all aspects our lives. Schools are increasingly making use of the Internet, multimedia, digital video, online courses, and other forms of analog and digital technologies. School web sites, email, video conferencing, discussion boards, and other forms of digital communication are becoming more common for use among teachers, students, parents, administrators, and the general public. Consequently, a tremendous need exists in the public schools for new teachers who will become technology teacher-leaders and role models for integrating 21st century technology practices into the curriculum.

The growth and development of the Internet in the past 12 years has revolutionized the use of technology in all aspects of our daily lives. In particular, technology has permeated the workforce and stimulated the demand for employees who have the ability to generate, process, and manage enormous amounts of electronic information.

In addition to seeking employees with competent technology skills, nearly every organization in education, business, and industry is engaged in the integration of technology through ongoing instruction and training in technological areas. Future graduates who are able to apply teaching and learning pedagogies to web-based and multimedia technologies will develop a competitive edge in the job market.

The purpose of the "Educational Technology" minor is to provide preservice teachers with the opportunity to incorporate these competencies. The overall program goal is to provide students with the necessary technological skills and practices that will empower them as future teachers and strengthen their career interests and goals.

The program is designed to encompass the following areas:

The Educational Technology minor is administered through the Department of Educational Studies and Secondary Education. The Department maintains several technology labs that serve as the main facilities for implementation of the minor. The labs are equipped with PC and Macintosh computers capable of producing and editing interactive multimedia. The lab also has video/audio production and editing hardware and software, distance learning equipment, and a large collection of state-of-the-art software programs and hardware peripherals.

Required courses

The minor consists of 18 required credits. 60.204 Educational Computing and Technology, a required course for all Education majors, will be applied toward the 18 credits. In addition, students may enroll in the 60.325 Educational Technology Field Experience course during student teaching. The following six courses are also offered in conjunction with the minor:

60.320: Digital Photography and Graphics for Teaching and Learning Environments (3 credits)

60.321: Interactive Multimedia Authoring Systems for Teaching and Learning Environments (3 credits)

60.322: Creating and Editing Digital Video Movies for Teaching and Learning Environments (3 credits)

60.323: Designing, Constructing, and Maintaining Web Sites for Teaching and Learning Environments (3 credits)

60.324: eLearning Applications for Teaching and Learning Environments (3 credits)

60.325: Educational Technology Field Experience