Teaching in the Switched On Classroom:

An Introduction to Electronic Education and


Kent L. Norman

Department of Psychology
and the
Human/Computer Interaction Laboratory
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742-4411

Copyright (c) 1997, 2001, 2007 by Kent L. Norman. All rights reserved.

Last update 4/26/2007

Welcome to the on-line book: Teaching in the Switched On Classroom. This book is for a wide audience of professionals, teachers (in-service and pre-service), researchers, school administrators, and the general public.

This book is about the technological revolution in our classrooms and beyond. It is not just about computers and applications, but about the whole new environment. You will find out about why the electronic revolution is both compelling and inevitable; how to structure education in the new media; what is involved in electronic interactivity between students, teachers, and material; and how to make it happen!

Not only is this book up to date and current since there is no publication lag, it is also a dynamic document. You will want to return to it for new information as it is added and for new links to current research, projects, and activities.

You free to access the book at no charge; however, remember that there is a copyright on this material. You may not use the book for more than personal use without the author's express written permission. If you intend to print chapters or to use the book for a course, please contact me at: klnorman@umd.edu



PART I: The Vision

Chapter 1: Introduction to the Electronic Classroom

Chapter 2: Mitigating Forces: Early Failures and Misconceptions

Chapter 3: Compelling Developments: New Technologies and New Hopes

PART II: The Implementation

Chapter 4: Classroom Infrastructure: Computer Bricks and Software Mortar

Chapter 5: Rehosting Education in the Electronic Media

Chapter 6: HyperCourseware Overview

PART III: The Integration

Chapter 7: Interactive Lectures: Presentation Tools and Techniques

Chapter 8: Interactive Discussion: Group Tools and Collaboration

Chapter 9: Individualized Instruction: Tutorials and Agents

Chapter 10: Tests, Grades, and New Criteria for Education

Chapter 11: Classroom Management Tools

PART IV: Application and Practical Steps

Chapter 12: Lasting Products: Artifacts and Evaluation

Chapter 13: Across the Disciplines and Up and Down the Levels

Chapter 14: Transitioning the Faculty: An Incremental Approach

Chapter 15: Beyond the Classroom: Virtual, Video, & the World Wide Web

Chapter 16: Rethinking the Educational Process/Environment


GLOSSARY (forthcoming)