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ERIC Number: EJ842187
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Oct
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 7
ISSN: ISSN-0192-592X
Implementing a Mobile Lab in a Faculty of Education
Davies, Joanne; Carbonaro, Mike; Kendal, Gerry; Beauchamp, Larry
T.H.E. Journal, v31 n3 p29-30, 32-35 Oct 2003
Information and communications technology (ICT) pervades most aspects of contemporary civilization and will undoubtedly influence the near future to an even greater extent by "significantly enhancing and altering human activity, and enabling people to live, work and think in ways that most people never thought possible." Wireless networks and mobile computers are two ICTs that are currently impacting educational institutions worldwide. The University of Alberta in Canada has embraced this mobile computing wave with wired laptop network connections and wireless network access points available in many locations across campus. The authors discuss the "Mobile Lab," a wireless mobile computer lab implemented in the university's faculty of education. The "Mobile Lab" helps to circumvent the problem of overbooked standard labs, and has introduced a new level of computing flexibility and comfort to the classrooms. Compared to the standard labs, the Mobile Lab facilitates a more natural teaching environment and reduces learner apprehension concerning the use of technology. The implementation of the Mobile Lab was part of a larger ongoing effort to advance technology integration in the faculty, which involved multiple facets, including planning, leadership, development of a shared vision, curriculum enrichment, professional development, technical support, and infrastructure enhancement. A major priority is to improve technology integration throughout the undergraduate teacher-education program, focusing on existing subject-based courses as opposed to stand-alone computer courses.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada