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Mobile, Agile, Versatile: The Use of Tablet PCs and Wireless Technology in Introductory Programming . ISECON ‘04. Tablets in Programming. Jim McKeown College of Business and Information Systems Dakota State University Madison, SD www.dsu.edu Jim.McKeown@dsu.edu. Tablets in Programming.

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

ISECON ‘04


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Tablets in Programming Technology in Introductory 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 Technology in Introductory 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.


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Tablets in Programming Technology in Introductory 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


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Initial Development Technology in Introductory Programming

  • First Stage Wireless

  • Selected Faculty Received Slate Tablets

  • Wireless Projection

  • Moved Intro to Computers Class to Wireless


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Shift to Wireless/Tablet Campus Technology in Introductory Programming

  • 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


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Faculty Development Technology in Introductory Programming

  • 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


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Wireless Environment Technology in Introductory Programming

  • Campus-Wide Access

  • Wireless Projectors

  • Air Projector

  • SynchronEyes Security/Testing Software


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Visual Basic Class Technology in Introductory Programming

  • Microsoft License Agreement

  • .NET Installed on all Student Tablets

  • Microsoft Journal

  • Microsoft OneNote

  • PowerPoint

  • WebCT

  • ebooks


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“Typical” Class Technology in Introductory Programming

  • 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 Technology in Introductory Programming

  • Code Commented in Journal

  • Scores and Comments Uploaded to WebCT

  • Testing in WebCT

  • Grades Posted to WebCT


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Pitfalls Technology in Introductory Programming

  • 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 Technology in Introductory Programming

  • If All You Learn Are Bells and Whistles…


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Pitfalls Technology in Introductory Programming

  • …Then All You’ll Be Able To Do Is Make Noise.


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Pitfalls Technology in Introductory Programming

  • Faculty Development Time Spent on Technology, Not Content

  • Students Lost With Technology

  • Temptations

    • Messenger

    • Email

    • Games

    • Web

  • Paper Savings?


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Benefits Technology in Introductory Programming

  • Psychological

  • Technology is Cool -- Great Selling Point

  • Technology Spreads


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Conclusions Technology in Introductory Programming

  • 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


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