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mobile agile versatile the use of tablet pcs and wireless technology in introductory programming

Mobile, Agile, Versatile: The Use of Tablet PCs and Wireless Technology in Introductory Programming

ISECON ‘04

tablets in programming
Tablets in Programming
  • Jim McKeown
  • College of Business and Information Systems
  • Dakota State University
  • Madison, SD
  • www.dsu.edu
  • Jim.McKeown@dsu.edu
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Tablets in Programming
  • This paper focuses on the use of wireless and mobile technology and the latest teaching and collaboration software in an introductory Visual Basic Programming course. This course is a general education course and presents unique educational challenges and opportunities.
tablets in programming4
Tablets in Programming
  • DSU has:
    • 2200 students
    • Campus-Wide Technology Emphasis
    • Two-course Technology Requirement
    • Tablet Computer Requirement for Freshmen and Sophomores
    • 1700+ campus computers
    • Wired and Wireless Networks
initial development
Initial Development
  • First Stage Wireless
  • Selected Faculty Received Slate Tablets
  • Wireless Projection
  • Moved Intro to Computers Class to Wireless
shift to wireless tablet campus
Shift to Wireless/Tablet Campus
  • Added Mobile Computer Requirement
    • All Freshmen and Sophomores
    • Purchase or Lease Option @ $275/semester
    • Gateway M-275
    • Nearly 1,000 to Students and Faculty
    • Extended Wireless to Entire Campus
    • All Faculty Given Slate or Tablet
faculty development
Faculty Development
  • Governor’s Grant of $140,000
    • Faculty Training
    • Course Development
    • Incorporate New Technology
    • Shift Pedagogy to Wireless/Tablet Classrooms
    • Cost-Savings
    • 40 Faculty – Mostly General Education
wireless environment
Wireless Environment
  • Campus-Wide Access
  • Wireless Projectors
  • Air Projector
  • SynchronEyes Security/Testing Software
visual basic class
Visual Basic Class
  • Microsoft License Agreement
  • .NET Installed on all Student Tablets
  • Microsoft Journal
  • Microsoft OneNote
  • PowerPoint
  • WebCT
  • ebooks
typical class
“Typical” Class
  • Students Download Content from WebCT
  • Read Text or ebook
  • Air Projection to Display Students’ Computers
  • Publisher’s Website for Materials
  • SynchronEyes for Quizzes
  • Assignments Downloaded from WebCT
  • Assignments Uploaded to WebCT
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“Typical” Class
  • Code Commented in Journal
  • Scores and Comments Uploaded to WebCT
  • Testing in WebCT
  • Grades Posted to WebCT
pitfalls
Pitfalls
  • Some Students Lack Equipment
  • Cheating
  • Limits to Faculty Training
  • Limits to Faculty Time
  • Technology Takes Longer
    • Must teach how to use technology
    • Teaching takes longer with technology
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Pitfalls
  • If All You Learn Are Bells and Whistles…
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Pitfalls
  • …Then All You’ll Be Able To Do Is Make Noise.
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Pitfalls
  • Faculty Development Time Spent on Technology, Not Content
  • Students Lost With Technology
  • Temptations
    • Messenger
    • Email
    • Games
    • Web
  • Paper Savings?
benefits
Benefits
  • Psychological
  • Technology is Cool -- Great Selling Point
  • Technology Spreads
conclusions
Conclusions
  • Next Step in Campus Computing
  • Shifts Costs to Students
  • Ink Technology Will Spread
  • Great Preparation for the Workforce
  • Challenges for Classroom Management
  • Challenges for Academic Honesty
  • Changes in Teaching Styles