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Welcome to W505-Using Digital Media in the Classroom. My name is Sharon Woodbridge and I will be your instructor for this online course. I am currently the Technology Specialist at Brebeuf Jesuit and I am pursuing my Masters Degree in Educational Technology at IUPUI. I can be reached through Oncourse mail or through my IUPUI e-mail. I will also be available for online chats Tuesday evenings from 7:30-9:00.


Face-to-Face Session:

Saturday, Aug 21, 2004 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Room 2B Brebeuf Jesuit 2801 W 86th St Indianapolis

Technology Requirements:
Windows Macintosh
Processor: 600MHz or greater Intel or AMD
Memory(RAM): 128MB
Hard Drive: 10 GB
Operating System: Windows 2000 Professional
Connection: 56K modem or Internet connection
Processor: PowerPC 603e/604 processor, 180MHz
Memory(RAM): 64 MB
Hard Drive: 10 GB
Operating System: Mac OS 8.6
Connection: 56K modem or Internet connection

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Course Description

Using Digital Media in the Classroom will introduce you to the ways you and your students can use digital images and video in the classroom. At the end of the course you will be able to:
  • understand the concepts of copyright and fair use as it applies to images
  • teach the concepts of copyright and fair use to your students
  • acquire images from the Internet, a scanner and a digital camera
  • edit those images and place them in Word documents, PowerPoints and Web pages
  • acquire and use digital video in PowerPoints and Web pages
  • edit digital video
  • create lesson plans using digital images and video
  • choose a digital camera based on an analysis of your classroom needs
  • create a classroom management plan for digital cameras
  • analyze your teaching style to include visual and kinesthetic learners


This is an introductory course. The only prerequisites are a basic knowledge of Microsoft Windows including file handling,Microsoft Word, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Excel, and use of the mouse. Please let me know if you feel you do not meet these prerequisites and we can work out the best way for you to proceed. Basics of Windows tutorials


The course is divided into 7 modules which can be found on the Schedules tab in the Oncourse interface.
Introduction-Getting to know each other
Module One-Exploration of visual literacy, image types, their uses, and copyright issues
Module Two-Acquiring and editing images
Module Three-Using Images in the Classroom
Module Four-WebQuest
Module Five-Using Video in the Classroom
Module Six-Making Movies

Admissions and Enrollment:

This course is open to teachers at Brebeuf Jesuit. They can either take the course for Brebeuf Jesuit continuing education credit or for IUPUI graduate degree credit. Those taking the course for Continuing Education will be paid a stipend for their participation; those taking it for academic credit will have their course fees paid by Brebeuf Jesuit. You must let me know before the start of the course if you want academic credit for the course. The course has a limited enrollment and cannot be started after the mandatory July 31st meeting. If you start this course you must complete the course within the time allotted there can be no Incompletes or withdrawals.



The goals for the course include five of the NETS (National Educational Technology Standards) for teachers as defined by ISTE (International Society of Technology Educators):

Teachers demonstrate a sound understanding of technology operations and concepts.
Teachers plan and design effective learning environments and experiences supported by technology.
Teachers implement curriculum plans, that include methods and strategies for applying technology to maximize student learning.
Teachers use technology to enhance their productivity and professional practice.
Teachers understand the social,ethical,legal,and human issues surrounding the use of technology in PK-12 schools and apply those principles in practice.


Objectives for each module can be found on the modules home page. All course module home pages can be accessed from the Schedules tab.


 Course Expectations


All assignments for the course can be found on the Schedule tab in the Oncourse interface. Each of the course modules will take approximately two weeks to complete with the exception of the Introduction module which will take one week and Module six which will take four weeks. This is to give you time to read the materials, take the tutorials and quizzes and post to the message boards. It is my expectation that you will spend the normal three hour classroom time each week reading the assigned readings and doing the assigned tutorials and quizzes. Each week will also require an additional three to six hours on the discussion boards and in preparing assignments. I will also provide supplemental readings and tutorials for each module. Those readings will help you if you are having difficulty with a particular topic or if you have an interest in going more in depth in a given area.


Message Boards:

The message boards can be found on the In Touch tab in the Oncourse interface. Each module has at least one message board that you must participate in. The deadlines for posting to the message boards are listed in each module. The message board is where you will discuss the reflection questions for the module. You are required to post a 200 word answer to each discussion board's reflection question and to reply to at least two other reflections with postings totaling 100 words. In order to give your classmates a chance to respond to your posts please treat these deadlines seriously. The message board rubric includes penalties for late postings. If you do not have experience with online message boards or would like further information view this flash presentation.


All dated assignments are due by midnight. If the assignment does not have a specific due date it is due by midnight on the day the module ends. Midnight is determined by the timestamp in Oncourse. If you are traveling and cannot turn in an assignment on time please either turn it in early or let me know so that you will not be penalized for issues beyond your control. There will be a penalty associated with all late assignments. That penalty varies by assignment and can be seen on the rubric associated with the assignment.

Academic Honesty:


"A student must not adopt or reproduce ideas, words, or statements of another person without appropriate acknowledgment. A student must give credit to the originality of others and acknowledge an indebtedness whenever he or she does any of the following:
a. Quotes another person's actual words, either oral or written;
b. Paraphrases another person's words, either oral or written;
c. Uses another person's idea, opinion, or theory; or
d. Borrows facts, statistics, or other illustrative material, unless the information is common knowledge."
Taken from:
Student Code of Conduct. 13 Dec. 1996. IUPUI. 13 July 2004


If you have further questions about plagiarism, here are some sources to consult:

Online bibliography creator
Tutorial on Plagiarism
How to Avoid Plagiarism


I will meet with any student I suspect of academic dishonesty and give them a chance to respond. I may at my discretion lower a grade for the assignment, require the assignment to be done again, give a failing grade for the assignment, lower the overall grade for the class or fail the student in the class. All students will have the right to appeal according to the procedures laid out in the IUPUI Student Code of Conduct


I expect a level of civility in the course postings that will also be reflected in your grade for the message board component of the course. No attacks will be tolerated especially concerning race, religion, gender or age. This does not mean you cannot challenge someone’s thoughts and ideas just do so in a polite manner that respects their difference of opinion.


Some general rules of “netiquette”:

  • Use capital letters sparingly as it can be seen as shouting
  • Avoid private discussions in the message boards
  • Give your posts a meaningful subject line
  • Be careful when using humor or sarcasm, without the face to face interaction they may be seen as criticism. If you want to express humor you can follow it by an emoticon such as a smiley face :-)



Grading policy of IUPUI School of Education:
Below is the grading policy of the School of Education as approved by the faculty represented by the Policy Council.

A Extraordinary high achievement; shows unusually complete command of the subject matter; represents an exceptionally high degree of originality and creativity.
A- Exceptionally thorough knowledge of the subject matter; outstanding performance, showing strong analytical abilities.
B+ Significantly above average understanding of material and quality of work.
B Very good, solid, above average understanding of material and quality of work.
B- Good, acceptable performance
C+ Satisfactory quality of work.
C- to D Unacceptable work. Not meeting requirements for certification in the School of Education.
F Completely unacceptable work.

Most students should expect grades ranging between C+ and B. Students should recognize that effort alone does not necessarily guarantee above average grades, since grades are assigned on the basis of the overall quality of a student’s work.
**The School of Education does not recognize a grade of A+.

Assignments and Rubrics:

Message board postings-20%
Lesson Plan/Module 3 - 10%
Lesson Plans/Module 5 - 10%
Webquest/Module 5-30%
Weekly Deliverables- 30%


For this course:

94 - 100% of total points A
91 - 93% of total points A-
88 - 90% of total points B+
84 - 87% of total points B
81 - 83% of total points B-
78 - 80% of total points C+
74 - 77% of total points C
71 - 73% of total points C-



Getting Help  

Oncourse Help:

Phone (317) 274-HELP (4357)
Walk In UITS Support Center in ES 2126
Getting Started with Oncourse:Student Guide

Distance Education Concerns:

Distance Education Primer

Technology Back Up Plan:


Syllabus and assignments:

Located in three places: Oncourse , on my personal website
and on the Digital Media CD you received during the face-to-face session

Tutorials and Images:

If you have a slow connection to the Internet I have placed the flash tutorials and the larger Images both on the Digital Media CD as well as in Oncourse. If you find that you cannot run the flash tutorials even from the CD you may need the flash plug-in for your browser. Browser Test and Flash Install

Microsoft Office:

If you are taking this course for credit you can download or purchase a copy of Microsoft Office at the IUPUI bookstores for $25.


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Last Updated August 12, 2004

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