Input from local schools suggests that both Windows and Macintosh platforms are used in area classrooms. Our students will be skilled in applications unique to both operating systems as well as methods of teaching that effectively and efficiently utilize technology. This skill set will provide our students with a unique advantage that will be very marketable to schools.
Students will learn how to use these new tools for teachers in EDUC-W 200 and will be expected to use them in each of their subsequent classes in the School of Education and in their field and student teaching experiences. We believe that future teachers must be well prepared to integrate technology into their classroom activities and that this laptop initiative will contribute to their preparation.
When students register for EDUC-W 200 Using Computers in Education, they will be required to purchase a laptop.
Students should not purchase the laptop before they attend the first session of this class. In the event that students have extenuating circumstances and desire to purchase a laptop before the first class of EDUC W200, they must review the list of required specifications before making any purchase.
We believe our teacher education curriculum will be enriched and that learning experiences offered to students will be improved by requiring laptops. The laptops will be used in classrooms at IU South Bend; common areas such as the Schurz Library, the Education Resources Commons, and the University Grill; and in students’ homes providing easy access to information and digital tools. We believe the laptops will prepare our future teachers to represent information and facilitate learning for others in innovative ways.
Since the laptops will be used in almost all classes, transfer students may be expected to purchase a laptop depending on how many credits they are transferring to their degree in the School of Education. Transfer students should meet with an advisor to determine if they are required to purchase a laptop.
Again, students should not purchase a laptop until they attend the first session of EDUC-W 200 Using Computers in Education. In the event that students have extenuating circumstances and desire to purchase a laptop before the first class of EDUC-W 200, they must review the list of required specifications before making any purchase. At the first session of W200 Using Computers in Educatin, students will be given specific information about exactly what model to purchase. This class might be taken as early as the second semester of the freshmen year, or as late as the student's sophomore year.
Yes, there are several student technology centers on campus that all students can use to complete class assignments. Currently, the student technology center/computer classrooms on campus provide both Windows and Mac platforms.
Some students may find that they receive high school graduation monetary gifts which might be saved to purchase their laptops. Others may find that their financial aid packages will cover the cost. If a student is eligible for financial aid and wants information about using financial aid to purchase a laptop, please contact the IU South Bend Financial Aid office at (574) 520-4357Call: (574) 520-4357.
As students register for classes, they will need to purchase any required textbooks. Our bookstore is run by Barnes and Noble and a great deal of information is available at www.iusb.edu; look for a link to the bookstore in the lower-right area of the home page. Please explore the IU South Bend website for information about the book store, the Student Activities Center, and other interesting events.
To fulfill the needs of the IUSB School of Education 1:1 Laptop Initiative, students beginning their programs on campus during Fall 2018 or later must purchase either a Mac or PC laptop prior to the semester they enroll in EDUC-W 200. The laptop needs to meet the following requirements:
PC Laptop Minimum Specifications: Your laptop should at least have: Processor: I5 7200U 2.5GHz Drive and RAM: 128 GB drive; 4 GB RAM
Mac Minimum Specifications (Macbook Pro or Air): Your laptop should at least have: Processor: i5 1.6 GHz Drive and RAM: 128 GB SSD; 4GB RAM
If you have a financial aid package, please be sure to contact your financial aid counselor to be sure it covers the purchase of the laptop. Also, when you purchase, be sure to indicate you are a student to ensure that you pay the student price.