ERIC Number: ED346841
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Feb-5
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Media Equipped Classrooms: Giving Attention to the Teaching Station.
Anderson, James A.; Cichocki, Ronald R.
This paper provides an overview of the Media Equipped Classroom (MEC), i.e., a centrally scheduled or departmentally scheduled teaching space with permanently installed media and classroom support technology designed to enhance the quality of teaching when properly utilized. Specific emphasis is given to the teaching station at the State University of New York at Buffalo, which has three MECs where the types of equipment include an overhead projector, 35mm slide projector(s), a 16mm motion picture projector, a videotape player, an audiocassette tape recorder/player, a phonograph, sound reinforcement, a laser pointer, a microcomputer, a video/data monitor or CRT projector, projection screens, and custom designed cabinets for secure storage of the equipment. The paper also describes a fourth MEC, which is referred to as an Educational Technology Equipped Classroom (ETEC). It features a custom designed teaching station (modular podium/attached side cabinet) that houses a variety of electronic presentation systems including a microcomputer that supports 80386 applications; a CCD camera platform that converts transparencies, hardcopy, and small, three-dimensional objects to video); a VideoMate, which converts 35mm slides to video; and a VHS videotape player. The "electronic images" are displayed on a large screen with a data/video projector mounted on the ceiling. A public address system and audio recording are controlled from the teaching station, and a laser pointer is also available. This report includes a brief history of the MEC and discussions of the rationale for change and faculty input, orientation, and assessment of the most recent facilities. Twenty-one appendices include CAD (computer assisted design) drawings of the Jacobs 110 Instructor Station, equipment cost data, a purchase requisition and bid specification, and a questionnaire for ETEC's evaluation with tabulated faculty responses and written comments. (BBM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (Washington, DC, February 5, 1992).