This collection consists of papers, publications, slides, negatives, and prints from SJSC and SJSU's Instructional Television
Program. Subjects include the various classes taught at the University, as well as the creation and implementation of the
pilot instructional television program.
In 1857 the San Francisco Board of Education established Minns' Evening Normal School for current and prospective teachers
in the city. Named after its principal, George W. Minns, the institution was formally established as the first California
State Normal School by the State Legislature in 1862. A decade later, the Legislature voted to move the Normal School to San
José, and the school relocated to its new home on Washington Square prior to the fall term of 1872. After a fire destroyed
the Normal School building in 1880, the Legislature authorized $200,000 to construct a new building on the same site. Completed
in 1881, the building was commonly referred to as the Second State Normal School. After several names and curriculum changes,
Minns' Normal school is now San José State University, offering more than 134 bachelor's and master's degrees with 110 concentrations,
and is recognized as one of the top public universities granting such degrees in the West.
San Jose State started a pilot school in the use of instructional television in 1955. In 1957, the state legislature officially
allowed for the program in its budget. Projects were established in order to provide students the opportunity to observe educational
practices in both elementary and high school education to better prepare themselves to become teachers. Another key use of
the instructional television equipment was to project the instuctor's materials and activities in a large format so the students
could view them better. For example, the science classes were able to view the contents of microscopes as a class. Another
use allowed the instructor to proctor exams without needing to physically oversee them. Classes were also offered via local
television station KNTV, enabling students to take a class from the comfort of their own home, pre-dating SJSU's online program.
The ITV program remained in use by SJSU until the late 1970s.
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