ERIC Number: ED490106
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Portable and Mobile Classroom (PortMoC)
Gerraughty, James F.
Association of Small Computer Users in Education (ASCUE), 37th, Myrtle Beach, SC, June 6-10, 2004
The Portable and Mobile Classroom (PortMoC) began as an idea to bring Internet connectivity to places where there was no connectivity for education and healthcare, but still make the connection reasonably sustainable in terms of cost and manpower. Through trial and error and several research iterations, Saint Francis University's Center of Excellence for Remote and Medically Under-Served Areas (CERMUSA) finally settled upon a tow-behind-style trailer combining a small form factor with a satellite dish, self-contained power and IP distribution, and 802.11b standard laptop computers. The PortMoC has gone through several iterations, including physical vehicles. However, the research approach has been the same: Does this technology work as we intended and is it a viable means to education? CERMUSA has surveyed the technology, such as upload/download speeds and laptop Internet connections, and is looking to roll this out into real-world situations. As it stands currently, the average download speed is 385 Kbs and the upload speed is 14 Kbs, with 8 laptops receiving separate low-bandwidth video streams. Items for future research and discussion are: Is it possible to raise the download/upload speeds for the benefit of the students while keeping the costs down? What applications are appropriate to use in the PortMoC environment? [For complete proceedings, see ED490093.]
Descriptors: Internet, Mobile Classrooms, Access to Computers, Online Courses, Mobile Educational Services, Virtual Classrooms, Rural Areas, Computer Networks, Higher Education
Association of Small Computer Users in Education (ASCUE), 1513 Magnolia Drive, Surfside Beach, SC 29574. Tel: 606-218-5308; Fax: 606-218-5184; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: http://www.ascue.org.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
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