ERIC Number: EJ831797
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Sep
Abstractor: As Provided
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Laptop Computers in Teacher Preparation: Lessons Learned from the University of South Florida Implementation
Barron, Ann E.; Feyten, Carine M.; Venable, Melissa; Hilbelink, Amy; Hogarty, Kristine Y.; Kromrey, Jeffrey D.; Lang, Thomas R.
Journal of Computing in Higher Education, v20 n1 p95-117 Sep 2008
This article provides an overview of the successful laptop implementation in the College of Education at the University of South Florida (USF). The pilot initiative began with one cohort of preservice teachers in 2003; since then, the program has expanded throughout the college. Through a chronological outline of the issues, formative evaluations, modifications, and expansion of the project as it progressed through the years, this article shares lessons learned related to the process and outcomes. For example, initial implementation decisions included issues such as whether participation should be voluntary or mandatory, which computer platforms would be supported, and how training and support would be provided. As the project expanded, questions related to ongoing maintenance, financial aid, and other issues were addressed.
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Program Implementation, Preservice Teacher Education, Program Descriptions, Educational Technology, Internet, Web Sites, Technology Integration, Laptop Computers, Technical Support, Technology Planning, Schools of Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Florida