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Required Technologies for All Students in Teacher Education Programs of Study

Technologies are important as both academic tools and professional subjects of study in teacher education programs at Lewis-Clark State College.  As academic tools, technologies serve learning and communication functions to help students to perform well in coursework.  And, as important tools for the teaching profession, technologies are also the focus of instruction in program coursework.  Therefore, to be both a successful student and teacher candidate, full access to certain technologies is essential.

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In order to be successful in meeting course and program requirements in the LCSC Elementary and Secondary Teacher Education programs, all students are required to have full access to the following hardware, software, and services. 

Each student is responsible for attaining the following specified hardware, software, and services by the time she/he starts any of the courses of the teacher education programs of study.  The absence of required technology is not an acceptable reason for the inability of a candidate to obtain, complete, and submit assignments and/or meet program or course requirements. Beginning Fall 2016, LCSC will no longer loan computer equipment to students outside of the classroom environment. Students will be required to provide their own equipment and it must meet the following specifications:

Hardware

 Students should have continual/regular access* to the following hardware: 

  • Portable, personal computer with a minimum:
    • 2.0 GHz processor (faster is always better)
    • 4 GB of RAM (more is always better)
    • 100 GB hard drive (with at least 20 GB free space)
    • USB connectivity
    • A web camera and microphone
    • High speed, WiFi Internet access capability
    • Optical CD/DVD drive, recommended, but not required
    • CD/DVD burner, recommended, but not required

OR

  • Apple iPad tablet computer with a minimum:
    • 16 GB of storage
    • running iOS 8 or newer 
  • Printer (or a means to print any document upon the instructor’s request)
  • Digital still image camera (or a means to shoot and save photographs; does not need to be a dedicated, single function device)
  • Digital video recording device (video camcorder) (or a means to shoot and save digital videos; does not need to be a dedicated, single function device)
  • A web camera with proper connectivity to the computer (if not built into the computer)
  • Headphones or earphones (for private listening of audio). 

*Teacher candidates may be expected to bring their computer to class meetings and field experience sites in order to perform many of the required tasks of a course.  Therefore, the computer described here should be a portable (notebook, laptop, or tablet) computer.

While some individuals do not find using a tablet computer as effective as using a notebook computer, some do and may consider the tablet computer as a substitute for all necessary course tasks.  As both a learning tool and the object of study, the iPad tablet computer is a required device once a student is formally admitted into the teacher education program and begins ED424, Media & Technologies for Teaching, K-12.  Details of this requirement are provided below in the section, Required Technologies for Students Admitted to Teacher Education Programs of Study.

Software

Students should have one of the software titles from each of the following categories.  Please note that versions listed below represent the minimum acceptable version.

Computer operating system: 

  • MacOS X 10.7.5® or newer,  OR
  • Windows 7 ® or newer,  OR
  • iOS 8 or newer.

Video conferencing software: 

 Productivity software (one or more titles from each of the following categories): 

  • Word processing software:  Microsoft® Word® or Apple® Pages®

[Note:  Word processed assignments should be submitted in .doc, .docx, .pages, or .rtf format, as specified by the instructor.]

  • Spreadsheet software:  Microsoft® Excel® or Apple® Numbers®
  • Presentation/slide software:  Microsoft® PowerPoint® or Apple® Keynote®
  • Graphic/image editing software (e.g., Adobe Photoshop Elements) will be helpful but not required.

[Note:  The Microsoft Office suite is available to students at a discount; now $79.99; http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/university]

Video editing software (one or more of the following): 

  • iMovie for MacOS X, OR
  • Movie Maker for Windows

Internet browser software (one or more of the following; all freeware): 

  • Mozilla Firefox®, OR
  • Apple Safari™, OR
  • Google Chrome

[Note: Microsoft Windows® Internet Explorer 8®  is not recommended.]

 PDF (Portable Document Format) software: 

  • Adobe® Acrobat® Reader to read PDF files
  • PrimoPDF® (freeware) to create PDF files in Windows® operating systems

QuickTime® Player

 Internet Access

  • High speed Internet access (Cable, DSL, or better) with minimum download and upload speeds of 5mps (the higher, the better.)

[Note: Internet connection speed can be tested at http://www.speakeasy.net/speedtest.  Click on "SEATTLE, WA" to begin the test.]

E-mail

All LCSC students are required to utilize their LCMail E-mail account (e.g., user@lcmail.lcsc.edu), assigned upon enrollment at LCSC, for all LCSC electronic correspondence. This is the ONLY APPROVED e-mail communication method.  Please make it a habit of checking your LCSC E-Mail Account regularly.

[Note: Faculty email addresses are different from student email addresses, e.g. faculty@lcsc.edu vs. student@lcmail.lcsc.edu.]

If you have questions about any of the required specifications shown here, please contact the Technologies for Teaching & Learning (TT&L) staff of the LCSC Division of Teacher Education.

Note:  To remain current with the most appropriate instructional technologies (and their support systems), these specifications may change with each catalog year but will not be modified for a student once the student is formally admitted into a teacher education program.

Required Technologies for Students Admitted to Teacher Education Programs of Study

In addition to serving as valuable learning and communication tools to help students to perform well in coursework, technologies are also the focus of instruction in the professional studies phase of the teacher education programs.  Therefore, certain technologies and services are required to facilitate special course objectives and resources.

Once formally admitted into a teacher education program and by the start of enrollment in ED424, Media & Technologies for Teaching K -12.  All students are required to have full access to the following hardware, software, and services.  This requirement is also in effect for students who pursue the Online Teacher endorsement by the start of enrollment in ED411, Digital Citizenship. Beginning Fall 2016, LCSC will no longer loan computer equipment to students outside of the classroom environment. Students will be required to provide their own equipment and it must meet the following specifications:

Hardware

Students should have continual/regular access to the following hardware: 

  • An Apple iPad Air, Air2, or mini (or newer model) tablet computer:
    • Capable of running iOS 8 or newer
    • 16 GB storage capacity or more (the larger the better)
    • High speed, WiFi Internet access capability 
  • Headphones or earphones (for private listening of audio). 

Software 

Students should have software (apps) from each of the following categories.  

Productivity software (one or more titles from each of the following categories): 

  • Word processing software:  Apple® Pages® or Microsoft® Word®

[Note:  Word processed assignments should be submitted in .doc, .docx, .pages, or .rtf format, as specified by the instructor.]

  • Spreadsheet software:  Apple® Numbers® or Microsoft® Excel®
  • Presentation/slide software:  Apple® Keynote® or Microsoft® PowerPoint® 

Video editing software (one or more of the following): 

  • iMovie 

Other software applications (free of charge to the student) will be specified in each course by the instructor. 

Internet Access 

  • High speed, wireless Internet access (Cable, DSL, or better) with minimum download and upload speeds of 5mps (the higher, the better.)

[Note: Internet connection speed can be tested at http://www.speakeasy.net/speedtest.  Click on "SEATTLE, WA" to begin the test.] 

Apple ID 

  • An active Apple ID account for acquiring software in the Apple App Store 

E-mail

All LCSC students are required to utilize their LCMail E-mail account (e.g., user@lcmail.lcsc.edu), assigned upon enrollment at LCSC, for all LCSC electronic correspondence. This is the ONLY APPROVED e-mail communication method.  Please make it a habit of checking your LCSC E-Mail Account regularly.

[Note: Faculty email addresses are different from student email addresses, e.g. faculty@lcsc.edu vs. student@lcmail.lcsc.edu.]