This collection includes papers, publications, slides, negatives, and prints from SJSC and SJSU's Instructional Television
Program. Subjects include the various classes taught at the University and the creation and implementation of the pilot series
of the 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 before 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 (SJSU), offering more than 134 bachelor's and master's degrees with
110 concentrations, and is now recognized as one of the top public universities in the Western United States.
San Jose State started a pilot school using instructional television in 1955. In 1957, the state legislature officially included
the program in its budget. The project was established to enable students to observe educational practices in elementary and
high school education so that they could better prepare themselves to become teachers. Another critical use of the instructional
television equipment was to project the instructor's materials and activities in a large format so the students could view
them better. For example, the science classes could view the contents of microscopes as a class. Another use allowed instructors
to proctor exams without physically overseeing them. Classes were also offered via local television station KNTV, enabling
students to attend courses from the comfort of their own homes, pre-dating SJSU's online program. The ITV program remained
in use by SJSU until the late 1970s.
(11 linear feet)
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Collection is open for research.