Establishing a Ubiquitous Computing Environment for Teacher Preparation Students and Faculty: The University of Texas at Austin Laptop Initiative
Paul Resta, Larry Abraham, Mary Claire Gerwels, Melissa LeBoeuf Tothero, The University of Texas at Austin, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Atlanta, GA, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-52-5 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
In the fall of 2002 the University of Texas at Austin's College of Education initiated a requirement for all teacher education students entering the professional development course sequence to acquire a prescribed laptop computer and software for use throughout their academic preparation and field experiences. The faculty and clinical supervisors are also equipped with the same computer platform and software. A wireless environment was established throughout the College of Education building and in the public school classrooms where preservice courses are taught. The laptop requirement was initiated to immerse preservice teachers in a technology-rich learning environment providing ubiquitous anytime/anywhere access to technology tools, Internet-based resources, and an online communication environment to support and build communities of practice among all players. This presentation will identify key elements of the laptop program and share important lessons learned in planning and implementing the initiative.
Resta, P., Abraham, L., Gerwels, M.C. & Tothero, M.L. (2004). Establishing a Ubiquitous Computing Environment for Teacher Preparation Students and Faculty: The University of Texas at Austin Laptop Initiative. In R. Ferdig, C. Crawford, R. Carlsen, N. Davis, J. Price, R. Weber & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2004--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 2570-2575). Atlanta, GA, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
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