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Course Syllabus



EDU 6606                                           Current and Emerging Instructional Technologies

Course Number                                  Course Title


Cynthia W. Sparks, Ed. D.                Term IV   2002 5/23,24; 6/13,14; 7/11,12

Instructor                                            Term/Dates



MEETING DATE AND TIME:       Friday, 4:30-9:30 p.m., Saturday 8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.  Norfolk Naval Station, Bldg. 143, Computer Lab. Students must check in and out at the quarterdeck for each class session. 


CONSULTATION HOURS: Dr. Sparks will be available in the assigned classroom before and after each class session.  She may be reached at 421-7346 (H) or 547-0153 ext. 199 (W).

E-mail address:


COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course focuses on the current and emerging uses of technology in the classroom, including electronic equipment for telecommunications, networking, online services, the Internet, e-mail, list serves, telnet, and user groups.  The uses and hazards of involving these technologies in teaching will be discussed.


COURSE OBJECTIVES: Upon completion of this course students will:

·        Acquire a technology vocabulary and knowledge of computer concepts.

·        Acquire an understanding of the impact of the Internet on classroom instruction.

·        Acquire an understanding of web page development needed to use computers professionally.          

·        Develop competence in using computers in the area of education.

·        Develop a theoretical rationale for the use of computers in education.  

·        Demonstrate an understanding of the application of the Internet and web page development in education.

·        Gain exposure to real life experiences in designing and using computers in the classroom.

·        Gain exposure to uses of and be able to evaluate web sites for educational application.


Students will fulfill the requirements for the Virginia Technology Standards for Instructional Personnel:

            Standard 4       Use electronic technologies to access and exchange information.

            Standard 6       Use educational technologies for data collection, information management, problem solving, decision-making, communications, and presentations within the curriculum.

Standard 8       Demonstrate knowledge of ethical and legal issues relating to the use of technology.


TEACHING METHODS: This course will be taught in a computer lab with hands on activities. The class will require participation from students in exploring the Internet and developing web pages for posting on the web.  This class assumes that students have a basic understanding of the computer and basic applications.  This is an intermediate level class where students will learn to create web pages for posting on the web. 


GRADING POLICY:            There will be a final exam that counts 25 % and demonstrates student’s skills learned with basic computer applications.    Five evaluative reports on web sites dealing with your instructional area in education for 25%.  A website created by the student and classroom presentation of the pages worth 35%. Attendance is worth 5% of the grade


Guidelines for Site Review:

1.         Select five web sites relating to your instructional area.  The sites can relate to any subject of interest to you concerning technology and your content area.

2.         A printout of the web site homepage should be submitted with each review.

3.         Each review of a web site will be one page word processed, single spaced with bibliographical information in the top right corner.

4.         The one page will include a concise summary of the content of the web site (site’s purpose, main points, etc.) and critique (your evaluation, comparisons, etc.).  The critique should relate to your job experience, general experience, and knowledge gained from other related readings.

5.         Sites for review should be dated 2000 or later.



Guidelines for Web Page.

1.         Identify a topic for instruction on which you can create a website minimum of 3 pages.  Your pages should be a method for instruction of some content.

2.         Plan and design the pages so that they support instruction in your selected area.  Be sure to include bibliographic sources for your information and the many concepts we will discuss as we evaluate web sites.

3.         You will present your final site to the class to show the merits of your web page. You will load your project on your computer and we will go around the room and view the lesson activities and offer constructive comments. The presentation consists of a brief oral summary of your lesson.


REQUIRED TEXT:  None.  Web site address will be supplied where all handouts and notes will be posted.


CLASS SCHEDULE:           




Class 1



Establish an e-mail account and E-mail the instructor giving her the address and a self-assessment of your computer skills



Activity 1—Internet Searching—Cyber Guides, Scavenger Hunts, Web Quests.  Begin looking at web sites and evaluating them

Class 3

Beginning HTML

Create a checklist of what you feel is necessary on a web page.

Class 4

HTML/Web Page Development

Create the index page for your web site.  

Class 5

Web Page Development

Create at least two secondary pages for your web site.  Link them to your index page.

Class 6

Final Project presentations

Final Exam (afternoon)*


*Schedule of Presenters to be determined.


RECOMMENDED READING:      Current articles from periodicals dealing with instructional technology. 


AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT:          Any student whose disabilities fall within ADA must inform the instructor at the beginning of the term of any special needs or equipment necessary to accomplish the requirements for this course.


ADDITIONAL SERVICES: Students who have or may be dealing with a disability or learning difficulty should speak with the instructor or contact the Office of Student Services at 451-8202.