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Information on the Educate at Penn State initiative which requires notebook computers for some teacher preparation students at Penn State.

Exploring Directions in Ubiquitous Computing and Teacher Education (EDUCATE)

Two students in class with computer

Engaging children in 21st century learning requires teachers to be knowledgeable and skilled at crafting consequential learning opportunities that are inquiry-based, technology-rich, and relevant to lived experiences. EDUCATE at Penn State is a signature initiative of the Elementary & Early Childhood Education program. It aims to address this vision for learning by introducing preservice teachers to innovative tools and technologies for (1) supporting their own professional growth and community development, (2) enriching all children’s inquiry and learning, and (3) providing access to authentic opportunities to interact with culturally and linguistically diverse learners in urban settings.

As of Spring 2016, Penn State students in the Elementary & Early Childhood Education (PK-4) program are required to bring their own device (BYOD) to courses and field experiences in the major. “Device” refers to a laptop computer or tablet with a current operating system that can capture video/audio and connect to the internet.

If you are in the following programs, typically during your fifth semester, you will participate in the EDUCATE program: