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Technology that radically changes the classroom. Vincent F. DiStasi Information Technology Services [email protected] William P. Birmingham Computer Science [email protected] Grove City College - Overview. Private, Liberal Arts (Arts & Letters, Science & Engineering)

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Technology that radically changes the classroom

Vincent F. DiStasi

Information Technology Services

[email protected]

William P. Birmingham

Computer Science

[email protected]

ASEE 2007 North Central Section Conference


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Grove City College - Overview

  • Private, Liberal Arts (Arts & Letters, Science & Engineering)

    • ~2500 Undergraduate Students

  • Freshman Retention Rate: 96%

  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 75%

  • Northwestern Pennsylvania

  • Engineering teaching institution (ETI)

    • Computer Science (60 CS/25 CIS)

    • Electrical/Computer Engineering (125)

    • Mechanical Engineering (174)

  • Total Annual Cost - $17,634

    • Tuition, room, board, laptop and printer

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Mobile Computing Program

  • Lay the foundation for success, not only for the student’s academic career but also for their professional career.

  • Integrate computer technology into the curriculum.

  • Make computer technology convenient for students to use.

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Mobile Computing Program

  • Anytime/Anywhere Learning.

  • Ubiquitous computing - Digital Unity

  • Reduce technology costs.

    • Retire almost all general computer labs.

    • Retain specialized labs.

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Infrastructure, Integration, Support

  • Hardware has become “transparent”.

  • Pull don’t push faculty to technology.

  • Concentrate on curriculum development and integration.

  • Learn from others success both in academics and corporateenvironments. Best practices.

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GCC Program Overview

  • Freshmen receive laptop and printer during welcome week.

  • Ownership transferred to Seniors upon graduation.

  • Equitable access – digital unity – faculty give assignments understanding what capabilities exist.

  • Used heavily in entry level science and engineering labs instead of buying expensive dedicated instruments.

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Support and Software

  • Student employed help desk

  • HP Self Maintainer

  • Microsoft Campus Agreement

  • Sophos Enterprise Suite

  • Mathematica

  • Matlab

  • SPSS

  • ProEngineering and ProMechanica, etc.

  • Freescale CodeWarrior

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Tablet PCs In/Out of Classroom

  • Faculty

    • Adaptive presentations

      • Adapt/Consolidate presentation styles

        • Blackboard/Whiteboard

        • Overhead Projectors

        • OneNote/PowerPoint Presentations

    • Classroom mobility

  • Multiple ways to engage students

    • Active/Collaborative Learning

    • Immersive Environment

    • Real-time assessment

    • Real-time problem solving

  • New ways to grade

  • New ways to provide feedback


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Tablet PCs In/Out of Classroom

  • Students

    • Adaptive note taking

      • Ability to take notes via typing or handwriting

      • Ability to annotate pictures, illustrations

      • Ability to organize and prioritize notes

    • Collaboration and research

    • Sharing information

    • Mobile access to information


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DyKnow Vision Demonstration

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Effective Use of 1:1 Computing

  • DyKnow Vision and Monitor

  • Classroom Presenter

  • Microsoft Conference XP

  • Microsoft OneNote and Journal

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Just About Technology?

  • Technology is strategic.

  • It is about …

    • Teaching/Learning.

    • Leveraging the power of technology to achieve the institutions academic, research and business goals and objectives.

    • Communication.

    • Collaboration.

    • Creativity and Content.

    • Access and Mobility.

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