Technology in the Classroom Links
- Pilot Laptop Program,
College of Engineering, University of Oklahoma. The case for a CES initiative
in Information Technology is contained in this link. There are approximately
330 engineering programs in the United States and less than 10 require
student computer ownership. However, most engineering administrators agree
that over the next five to eight years all of the engineering programs
will either require computer ownership by their students or so strongly
encourage ownership that they will effectively achieve the same.
Explosion Looming, College of Engineering, Oklahoma University. OU
may become the first large public university in the country to require
students to purchase laptops. For most of the university, mandatory laptops
are years away, but not for engineering.
- College of Engineering,
Oklahoma University, Pilot Project. The University of Oklahoma College
of Engineering invites you to join us in an exciting new program which
will place you at the leading edge of technology in engineering education.
- Grove City.
- Penn State University:
Project Empower. The Commonwealth Educational System seeks to make
learner-centered instruction the norm in all its undergraduate programs.
Project Empower has been conceived to quickly bring as many CES faculty
as possible into the learner-centered paradigm. Further, the project seeks
to equip faculty and campuses with the human and technological resources
required to support a contemporary, active and collaborative learning environment.
Project Empower provides laptop computers to the faculty who agree, through
proposals they submit, to enhance opportunities for collaborative and active
learning in their courses. In addition to laptop computers, Project Empower
provides multimedia development stations for instructional development
personnel use in support of faculty initiatives.
- Laptop Computer Usage in the Department of
Mathematics and Computer Science at Wake Forest University. We convinced
the University to purchase a site license for Maple and have installed
Maple on all of the faculty ThinkPads and on all of the ThinkPads of our
students in the first two calculus courses. The ThinkPad is then their
laboratory. Some of our calculus teachers use the ThinkPad in their class
daily. We have several classrooms that have power at every seat and also
data connection at each seat.
- Universal Standardized Notebook Computers.
The Vice President for Academic Affairs for two North Dakota institutions,
Mayville State University and Valley City State University, makes a compelling
argument for universal access to technology through laptops.
Information for Students on the Georgia Tech Student Computer Ownership
Initiative, 2 December, 1996. After careful study, Georgia Tech has
adopted a policy requiring all freshmen, beginning with those entering
in the summer of '97, and all students joining the class of 2001 and all
subsequent classes to own a computer.
Computer Ownership Advisory Committee Memo to the Georgia Tech Executive
Board, 2 December, 1996. Memo concerning the recommendation for Student
Ownership of Computers including software and support.
of the Student Computer Ownership Committee, December 20, 1995, Georgia
Institute of Technology. It is extremely attractive to envision an environment
in which a faculty member can expect students to show up in class with
a laptop that can be connected to a network outlet in the classroom, and
which can be employed by the student and faculty to facilitate interpersonal
communications. Wake Forest University, whose students will be employing
laptops exclusively, reports newly discovered reasons for employing laptops:
data acquisition in certain programs has been much facilitated, and astronomy
students are finding great benefits in having starfield maps available
on their laptops during field exercises.
we should require student computer ownership. Article from the January
26, 1996 issue of The Technique, the Georgia Institute of Technology Student
Newspaper. If the Institute decides to require laptops, another range of
interesting possibilities opens up. Every classroom could be networked
to allow the students to "plug-in" to the network when they started
class. Having OIT move out of the business of supplying run-of-the-mill
software and hardware would free up resources for them to devote to high
Forest Reengineers Student Learning. Beginning with the fall 1996 semester,
Wake Forest University first-year undergraduates will be issued an IBM
ThinkPad. Wake Forest seeks to create a learning environment that is not
hindered by barriers such as limited computer laboratory resources. In
effect, each student will carry the computer lab with him to the dorm,
the cafeteria, even overseas. Students will be able to communicate by electronic
mail, access the library, submit assignments and conduct research all from
the lightweight ThinkPad.
- Wake Forest, the Plan for the Class
of 2000. In 1993, faculty, students and administrators began work on
a blueprint to enrich the quality of undergraduate education.
Guide for the Class of 2000, Wake Forest University.
at Wake Forest University. The mission of the STARS program is to bring
students and faculty together in a joint effort to explore the use of technology
in teaching and learning. The program will provide the resources to hire
and train students to work one-on-one with the faculty to develop the critical
mass of technological understanding on campus.
to the Campus Network, Wake Forest University.
- Laptops update
Wake Forest University's curriculum. USA Today High-Tech Article.
- Wake Forest Technology
Assessment. The five year duration longitudinal study is being conducted
my a team of researchers from the Department of Communication at Wake Forest
University to assess the impact of wide scale computerization of the campus
in preparation of the Plan for the Class of 2000.
- University of Minnesota,
Crookston: Mobile Computing. All students have notebook computers that
can be connected to the LAN in the dorms, classrooms, and the library.
The computers are leased. The same model is used by all students. Models
are changed yearly.
Benefit From Powerful Laptop Computers, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.
Rose-Hulman last year become one of the first colleges in the nation to
require freshmen to purchase laptop computers. This fall, freshmen will
have an even newer, more powerful laptop to use.
Acadia Advantage, Acadia University, Nova Scotia. Beginning in September
1996, Acadia will be the first electronic campus in Canada. Use of notebook
computers will be an integral part of first-year courses in business administration
and computer science. Most departments in the Faculty of Arts, as well
as mathematics and physics in the Faculty of Science, will also offer "notebooked"
courses to incoming students. By the year 2000 all Acadia students will
in the Classroom, Michigan State University. The room in N106 BCC has
strip tables instead of desks for the student stations. These strip tables
contain an ethernet outlet and an electric plug at each seat. This allows
students to bring properly equipped portable computers to the class, set
the portables on the table at their seat, and plug them into the ethernet
outlet. Again, dynamic addressing is employed so the portables do not have
to be reconfigured to access the Internet. Wherever possible, the classroom
technology improvements were done in conjunction with other improvements
and renovations in the rooms. Since lighting is of paramount importance
in any room where projection is being used, the lighting was modified in
all the new technology rooms so there are banks of lights on different
switches. Where possible, both fluorescent and incandescent lights were
included, with each bank of the incandescents being separately dimable.
- Networked Laptop
Computers, Educational Initiatives and Activities, RPI.
inside the Classroom, Georgetown University. See the link Options for
Computers in Classrooms.
school might require laptop leases, Missouri University.
College equips students with ThinkPad computers. President William
Hamm of Waldorf College in Forest City, Iowa, has announced that freshmen
at Waldorf College will receive an IBM ThinkPad when they arrive on campus
in the fall. The laptop computer is included in their 1996-97 tuition package.
Coming soon to a classroom near you, Yale University renovation project.
Scenarios: Students in Education, Strategic Plan for the Department
of Information Technology and Communication, University of Virginia.
Studies of a Flexible Computer Classroom, Stanford University.
Notebook Systems. We are constantly researching the net for information
about schools that are using laptop computers.
Schools. This article advocates the adoption of laptop computers for
all students in public schools. Early studies indicate that writing and
math skills have developed significantly faster and stronger in Seattle,
Washington, and Anchorage, Alaska. Students with fine motor problems have
improved both the quality and quantity of their writing by using laptop
computers in Toronto, Ontario. The direction of the American workplace
is demanding this of American educators. In 1950, 60% of all jobs were
unskilled labor, 20% were skilled, and 20% were professional in nature.
By 1990, the percentage of unskilled jobs had dropped to 45% with skilled
labor rising to 35%. By 2000, economists project that unskilled labor will
fill only 15% of the American workforce with 65% of those jobs will require
- Student Projects
Using Laptops. The goal of Project PULSE (Pupils Using Laptops in Science
and English) is to provide real-world use of laptop computers as a tool
with an emphasis on getting involved in numerous hands-on research-oriented
- NCIP Resources: Laptops.
National Center to Improve Practice in Special Education Through Technology,
Media and Materials.
- Floyd College: Instructional
Technology Project. Two hundred and fifty laptop computers, the cornerstones
of a joint Instructional Technology project with Floyd College and Clayton
State College, arrived on campus September 1. The Instructional Technology
Project as a whole will be brought before the Board of Regents this fall
for approval. Their approval would allow Floyd and Clayton State Colleges
to require that every student lease a laptop computer by fall 1997, to
charge a student technology fee to cover the lease of computers, and to
approve the use of funds generated as auxiliary funds, allowing them to
be carried over year to year and be used for infrastructure and technology.
By leasing the computers the college will be able to keep up with state-of-the-art
technology by replacing the computers every two years.
Proposal, Southern Utah University. Response to the RFP for the Laptop
Computer Technology Initiative.
- Laptop schooling in
a class of its own. An Australian method of using computers in schools
has sparked imitations all over the United States. Mr. John Sabol, an assistant
to Microsoft chairman Mr. Bill Gates, has come to Australia to study the
approach. He has sent a video crew to Melbourne to make a documentary about
it, has sponsored a visit by 10 US school principals and directors of education
to show them how it works, and has sponsored Australian educators and computer
consultants to the US to explain it.
Instruction with Multimedia, by James S. Noblitt, Ph.D. New technologies
are incorporated into teaching methodologies when they help us do our job
- Classroom Design and Retrofitting. An extremely
informative and detailed description for designing new classrooms and for
retrofitting old ones with an emphasis on flexibility.
- Smarter College Classrooms, a
complete source of classroom information, Dr. Daniel Niemeyer, consulting
- Classroom Technology
Initiative, Baylor University. In an effort to facilitate the use of
technology in the classroom, CCIS Instructional Technology has begun an
initiative to install computer and video projection systems in classrooms
throughout campus. The faculty, through direct requests and technology
surveys, have expressed an interest in making use of technology-rich classroom
environments to incorporate technology into the teaching process.
- Smart Classrooms and Video
Conference Rooms, Northwestern University, pictures and equipment lists.
Notice the lighting, projector placement, and technology podiums.
- Classroom Technology
Initiative. In 1994 the University of Virginia developed the Classroom
Technology Initiative (CTI), a project to promote innovative technology
in teaching and course development.
- Plan for
Classroom Improvements: 1996/97 through 1998/99, University of Virginia.
- Lynchburg College's Technology
Classroom. The technical specifications link covers lighting.
University Technology Classroom Project. Includes plan views of classrooms
and layout of projector podium and technology podium.
Learning, and Technology, Summer Institute June 1996, University of
- Teaching with Technology,
University of Delaware.
- Technologies and Learning
Center, Moulton Hall, Kent State University. Moulton Hall will be the
vehicle for aligning educational and informational technologies with new
and creative approaches to teaching, learning, research and service. This
facility and its programs will drive new models of education, research
and service at Kent State University. Note: Kent State is putting in a
$2.2M ATM backbone and investigating virtual networking solutions to the
problem of dynamic addressing.
- New Technology for the
Science Classroom, College of Mathematical and Physical Sciences, Ohio
- Computer Projection,
for Higher Education, White papers.
BIG PAGE of School Internet Projects & Educational Technology.
- The Future of Networking
Technologies for Learning. U.S. Department of Education reports.
- American Association for Higher
Education Technology Projects. The Technology Projects seek to promote
effective and selective educational uses of information technology and
information resources across sectors, leading to significant educational
(and societal) change.
An Architecture for Switched Internetworks. Network administrators
increasingly need to deploy scalable, flexible networks that will accommodate
growing demands for bandwidth, stability, and manageability, while minimizing
the financial impact on their existing network infrastructures.
- The Virtual LAN Technology
Report. Virtual LANs (VLANs) have recently developed into an integral
feature of switched LAN solutions from every major LAN equipment vendor.
- The Switched Network
Revolution. Outline of a three phase transition to a virtual network.
- Making the switch
to virtual networking. Virtual networking, or connectivity achieved
through logical rather than physical means, is set to change the face of
networking as we know it, and in more ways than one.
- The Evolution of Networking.
Outline of past, present, future.
- Switched Virtual
Networking. Ask network managers to list the top three problems they
face, and you will hear about bottlenecks, the increasing difficulty of
supporting distributed computing, and a concern about the looming needs
of upcoming bandwidth-hungry applications. So how do you eliminate these
Unveils Transcend Virtual Networking.
architectures: users’ new dilemma.
- Bay Networks,
IBM and 3Com Announce Network Interoperability Alliance.
News. With the arrival of laptops came a major networking project across
the Rose-Hulman campus. Even now, well into the third quarter of the year,
Rose-Hulman is working to accommodate the networking needs of its students
by optimizing the existing system, networking both on and off campus fraternity
houses, and networking the student union. Already, every laptop classroom,
residence hall, and library floor is networked.
- Byte, May 1996.
Penn State evaluated NT for years before making a commitment. Finally,
in March '95, the conversion began. It took about six months. Most of Penn
State's client machines are running Windows for Workgroups on 75 and 100
MHz Pentium PCs; there are also some Power Macintosh 7100s. To handle these
desktops and upwards of 100,000 users, counting full and part time students,
the network has about 25 servers.
- Windows NT
Server Product Overview.
- Windows NT
4.0 Server Information.
- Capacity Planning, Windows
NT Server Networks.
and Tools for Intranet Applications. Microsoft. At the core of the
network services is the basic plumbing, including a built-in transport
system. To reduce the cost of managing a TCP/IP network, Windows NT Server
includes automatic TCP/IP address management with the Dynamic Host Control
Protocol (DHCP) as well as name lookup and resolution with WINS and DNS.
- NDS: Novell Outlines
Ambition. LanTimes 7/22/96. Novell Inc. last week unveiled an NDS (Novell
Directory Services) road map in hopes of dominating the world of directories.
Running NDS on as many platforms as possible is at the top of Novell's
to-do list, although the goal of porting its directory to Windows NT won't
be complete until the middle of next year.
Others Look to Fill NT Gap. LanTimes 4/15/96. Novell's NDS Application
Server Manager module will help large organizations such as Chemical Bank
Corp. simplify the way users log in to a mixed NetWare and NT network.
The move will also help speed Chemical Bank's deployment of Windows 95
and Windows NT Workstation ... .
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