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Mr. Tim Casperson

MSET Program Director

Ramapo College of NJ Mahwah, NJ 07430


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Ramapo School of Arts NJEDTC 525 Technology in the Curriculum (4 credits)
This program is designed to address the challenges teachers face in effectively applying computer technology to enhance student learning. Coursework will focus on the integration of computers and computer resources into school curricula. Class sessions will be hands-on and project centered. Key components include: teamwork, problem-solving, research, communication, and productivity. The final project for this course will be a plan for integrating the use of computers into school curricula.

EDTC 613 Digital Image Acquisition (4 credits)
This course emphasizes design and learning theories in developing multimedia projects for classroom use.  Students will learn how to use original and imported images in Power Point presentations, Digital Videos and Web Sites; and learn how to shoot Digital Stills and Digital Videos. Scanning techniques needed to import regular photos will also be covered. Students will create a lesson they can put on storage media or the internet.

EDTC 615 Developing Multidisciplinary Learning (4 credits)
This course will provide an opportunity to develop multidisciplinary units that take advantage of new technologies and the active learning environment of the Meadowlands Environmental Center. The course will provide hands-on experience with computers, digital cameras and software programs in designing multimedia lessons. Students will incorporate a variety of content areas into their coursework through collaboration with classmates and center staff. Each session will include art, language arts, science and social studies content workshops along with discussion and evaluation of software found in most schools. Students will develop project-based lessons and classroom presentations as part of the coursework. Participants do not need to be computer experts to succeed in this class. Although the course material can be adapted to any grade level, this course will focus on materials for K-6 grades.

EDTC 616 Audio-Visual Multimedia Production for Educators (4 credits)
An in-depth experience in video and audio editing, creating a CD, and soundtracks for multimedia classroom audio visual presentations.  This course will make the transition from analog video and audio tape production to understanding and using the complete multimedia workstation.  Skills in digital nonlinear video and audio editing, composing music on the computer and selecting and editing video and audio for enhanced classroom and interactive distance teaching presentations will be learned.  Students will leave the class with their own CD of a project they can use in their schools.

EDTC 620 Assistive Technology (4 credits)
In order to use assistive technology in teaching, instructors need to know: what assistive technologies are available; how they can be used in teaching and learning; to operate the components; and how to match specific technology options with specific student needs. Topics to be covered include: principles and policy foundations; applications of technology; and emerging assistive issues and resources.

EDTC 621 Instructional Design (4 credits)
This web design course will help you build upon your educational knowledge by developing skills as they relate to designing, and delivering instructional multimedia web content. Students are required to have a basic understanding of simple web page design.  Emphasis will be placed on the development of sound lesson delivery and implementation. You will learn the basics of multimedia instructional design and will have opportunities to practice applying your knowledge through the development of multimedia instructional materials.

EDTC 624 Meteorology Remote Sensing Technology (4 credits)
Accessing and interpreting live images from Earth-orbiting environmental satellites, analysis of real time meteorological data collected at school sites and from the Internet, sharing data and collaborating with other schools through the Ramapo website.

EDTC 628 Astronomy (4 credits)
Selective use of the Internet and astronomical websites in the study of modern astronomy. Topics include the solar system, the nature and structure of galaxies, properties of light, astronomical instrumentation, and cosmology.

This online course will provide an opportunity to use Historical Fiction and Storytelling to enhance student learning in the  curriculum. “Stories are essential to a science education that values the belief that students must have a personal engagement with the ideas they are to learn.” (Martin & Brower, 1991). Through discussion, research, readings and use of print and digital media, teachers will choose literature to develop into multi-media presentations for classroom use.

EDTC 634 Advanced Data Processing for Educators (4 credits)
For students who wish to develop advanced technical skills in integrating and managing information through a web/database interface. Participants will create and deploy a relational database system to manage an educational project or need. This project will include the ability to collect, modify, update, delete, and review all data through a series of web pages. Skills addressed will include relational database design; data types and properties; relationships and joins; properties and validation of form elements; advanced Adobe Dreamweaver data features; ASP technologies, SQL, and vbscript scripting; login schemes and security; passing and retrieving data through forms, cookies, and query strings; and creating auto-response email. Applications used will be Microsoft Access, Adobe Dreamweaver and Notepad.

EDTC 645 Instructional Web Design: Advanced (4 credits)
This web design course will help students build upon existing educational knowledge by developing skills as they relate to designing, and delivering instructional multimedia web content. Students are required to have an advanced beginning to intermediate understanding of website design. Emphasis will be placed on the development of sound lesson delivery and implementation. Students will use multiple advanced web design tools and will have opportunities to practice applying their knowledge through development of multimedia web-based instructional materials.

EDTC 660 – Networking and Hardware for K-12 Educators (4 credits)
This course will provide the learner with an overview and hands-on experiences in the areas of hardware, software, maintenance, and problem-solving issues involved in computer information technology and network administration in educational settings. The course emphasizes a hands-on approach, supported by appropriate lecture and discussion, that provides the student with the fundamentals and essentials of state-of-the-art network and hardware technology as it is applied to the development and implementation of networks in   K-12 schools. The course serves as a general introduction to hardware, computer maintenance, and networking including local and wide area network technology.
Hands-on training will occur via two major components: 1) students will repair and work with a given set of computers and 2) students will work in a computer laboratory where they will have opportunities to design and implement mini-versions of specified networks

EDTC 684  Science and Human Values
The purpose of this course is to examine the effect of science and technology on the ascent of humankind.  An integral part of the class will focus on an overview of the three major branches of general science: Earth, Life, and Physical Science.  The course employs a variety of 21st century perspectives, including the historical, sociological, and quantitative.  To that end, the course concerns itself with questions in scientific methodology, exponential energy use, “green” technology, health care, and social responsibility.  Science & Human Values is designed for teachers, K-12 as it relates to the broad spectrum of all content areas.   We will target the impact science has had on humankind, both positive and negative.  As an example:  Faraday’s discovery of electricity, providing us with the endless creature comforts vs. Joule’s use of fossil fuels to generate electricity, and in the process, contaminating our planet’s ecosystems.

Contact Information

Dr. Richard Russo
Director MSET
Coordinator, Center for Learning & Instruction
Teacher Education Program
Room D-212
Ramapo College of NJ
Mahwah, NJ 07430