CSE610 - Readings

     Reading is essential to this course whether for discovering new information, as a basis for discussions and instilling knowledge or as a reference for computer skills. There is one required book, three journal articles chosen by the student and numerous supportive references.

     Required Reading:

Computers have significantly changed society over the past 20 years including education and how children develop. These two articles consider these issues with young children as native digital users.
First assigned articles:
     Young Children and Computers
     Young Children and Computers (Australia)

Not everyone is excited about the use of computers with children as seen in one of these articles. The other article considers health issues in particular the wear and tear on eyes.
Second assigned articles:
     Fool's Gold
     Children and vision

Additional reading will include Media Literacy: Eight Guidelines for Teachers.

     Required Journals:
Four articles from professional journals will be including in the readings for this class. Each will relate to the general topic of "Computers in Education. The first will be general, the OEA article second will further focus on the student's particular interest or content area for teaching, and the third will relate to the use of computers with students with special needs. Each student will select articles of their own appropriate use and choice. There are adequate resources through the Hamersley Library to fulfill this reading requirement."

     Recommended Textbooks:
There are numerous published books that may serve as a reference for MicroSoft Word, MicroSoft Excel and MicroSoft Powerpoint. Any one of these may be useful as the student enhances their use of these programs beyond the routine and into features offering more creativity for teaching and learning with these programs. The Internet continues to improve as a resource for tutorials on these programs.

"When the going gets tough, we might even refer to a reference book."
     Other references may assist the student in the creative use of these programs. "Non-Designer's Design Book" by Robin Williams (ISBN 1-56609-159-4) is an excellent resource for design. "PresentationZen" by Garr Reynolds (ISBN 13:978-0-321-52565-9)serves as a thought provoking book resource about the best use of Powerpoint.
"Please don't buy this book (PresentationZen)! Once people start making better presentations, mine won't look so good." - Seth Godin

      Similarly there are scores of reference books available for website design ranging from basic HTML to cascading stylesheets to PHP to Flash to SQL. Perhaps most convenient though are the references on the Internet. A very useful website is "w3schools.com."There's more there than you may want to know for this course."