Student Portable Checkout Technology for Field Work
The College of Education hosts a technology center accessible to all UW students and used primarily by College of Education students. One of the services offered by the center to students is equipment checkout. Prompted by our GPSS senators, we are requesting STF funding to purchase additional portable technology to give access to equipment necessary for field work and research.
The College of Education Technology Center provides portable technology for students to complete field work in schools. Currently, portable equipment is checked out to students for a period of 2 weeks. Students can renew checkouts as needed.
Student have access to the technology center, Monday – Friday, 8AM – 5PM. Center hours are responsive to student needs. For example, we extend hours leading up to state certification deadlines for our Teacher Education students.
Miller Hall is the home of the College of Education and it is largely these students that utilize our lab. Miller also houses four general assignment classrooms and we receive many students from all areas.
Miller Hall has been home to a computer lab for UW students for over 25 years. The College of Education has over 800 graduate students and a rapidly expanding undergraduate program with more than 400 students enrolled in our major and minor. Much of student learning happens out in local schools instead of in classrooms. Because of this distributed learning, video and audio capture has played a critical and increasing role in the curriculum. Students turn in video for assignments, post video to share and discuss with each other, and submit video to the state of Washington for professional certification. They also spend time in the field collecting audio recordings as part of their field work.
The aim of the College of Education Technology Center is to provide appropriate equipment, software, immediate technical support and space for students to complete research and coursework.
Benefits to Students and the University
Key student work done in schools includes video & audio recording, statistical work and collaboration. With the lack of modern portable equipment students are regularly forced to either purchase their own equipment or use inferior technology to complete their work. This equipment would provide better access to current technology for students conducting field research.
College of Education Interim Dean, Deborah McCutchen, fully supports this proposal and believes that providing current portable technology for student checkout is an appropriate use of Student Tech Fee funding. The growing importance of technology in learning makes it especially essential that the College of Education provide up-to-date equipment and technology to ensure all UW students have access to twenty-first century educational tools.
Equipment would be ordered promptly after funding was made available. The equipment would be available for checkout beginning autumn quarter 2015.
Resources Provided by Department
The College of Education Technology Center is secure, air conditioned and recently remodeled with new furniture. It is adjacent to a large, reservable, meeting room (also locatable on SpaceScout).
The lab is adjacent to the departmental help desk which provides equipment for checkout and immediate support for hardware and software.
The lab is well equipped with peripheral equipment including video transfer hardware, scanners, and a Dawg Prints printer.
Access Restrictions (if any)
No access restrictions to Miller Computer Lab beyond building and lab hours. No consumable fees are charged for use of checkout equipment.
Kerri Wingert - Ph.D. in Learning Sciences
I rely on the computer lab in Miller to print papers, get advice on software for analysis, and as a place to go when I need access to technology. I can't afford the technology to do my dissertation work - video and audio recording, etc -and I am counting on the computer lab and resource center to proceed with my work. Please continue to fund our technology access, as student costs continue to rise and we have less money to spend on technology for our research. Thanks!
Meixi Ng - ASCE representative, GPSS Senator for the College of Education, Ph.D Learning Sciences
The technology lab at Miller is one of the most useful resources for us as students. They have a great system set up to allow us to check out equipment for research, get technology advice and solutions - all which are so so crucial to our work as researchers out in the field. The Miller computer lab and technology resources are the great enablers which help us keep doing what we are doing. More resources to support the 900 students in the College of Education is much needed and this support really goes a long way to ensuring we are at the cutting edge of our work in schools and communities.
TASCAM DR-05 Portable Digital Recorder
We currently have a few of these digital recorders. The students find them easy to use and they include a direct USB connection so there are no cables to misplace.
Canon VIXIA HF R600
We currently have two of these cameras in the checkout pool. The students like the size and features. The camera is compatible with the lapel microphone included in this STF Grant.
Audio-Technica ATR288W VHF Battery-Powered TwinMic Microphone System
The lavalier microphone allows for better audio capture in noisy classrooms. This unit is compatible with the portable cameras listed int he grant.
USB Foot Pedal by Infinity
This USB foot pedal is used to start and start audio/video recording when transcribing. It is compatible with most applications that accept USB foot pedals used for transcription by students.
Total requested: $3,607.26
Total funded: $249.75
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