Laptop Computers in Teacher Preparation: Lessons Learned from the University of South Florida Implementation
Ann E. Barron, Carine M. Feyten, Melissa Venable, Amy Hilbelink, Kristine Y. Hogarty, Jeffrey D. Kromrey, Thomas R. Lang
Journal of Computing in Higher Education Volume 20, Number 1, ISSN 1042-1726
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.
Barron, A.E., Feyten, C.M., Venable, M., Hilbelink, A., Hogarty, K.Y., Kromrey, J.D. & Lang, T.R. (2008). Laptop Computers in Teacher Preparation: Lessons Learned from the University of South Florida Implementation. Journal of Computing in Higher Education, 20(1), 95-117.