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Integrating Technology into Undergraduate Education with Wireless Computing

Johnell Bentz.

We will describe an example of technology integration in undergraduate education using wireless technology and how groups of students used PowerPoint to demonstrate class learning. This session will consist of three segments: (1) a discussion of current need to integrate technology into undergraduate instruction to enhance student learning (2) a description of an example for integrating technology into an undergraduate preservice special education class using a wireless computer lab and collaborative working groups, and (3) authentic examples of studentsí final PowerPoint projects presented as a class final.

In this first segment we will describe the current status of technology usage among 30 students in a preservice special education methods class for Elementary Education students. In this second segment, we will describe the process for providing instruction and practice to a group of 30 undergraduate students for the purpose of learning and implementing PowerPoint. In this description we include issues regarding file storage, application instruction, wireless computer lab use, and replacement of tradition final examinations with collaborative multimedia presentations. In this final segment, we will share information from the process of creating collaborative PowerPoint presentations in a wireless lab format. Information will be shared in the form of studentsí final projects. Finally, we will offer suggestions for using a similar process in other undergraduate classes.


Johnell Bentz  (United States)
Research Assistant Professor
Department of Special Education
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Professor Bentz is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Special Education at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She is an AT&T Technology Fellow. Professor Bentz's major interest is in the area of instructional technology. Professor Bentz is interested in research investigating the assessment of students with methodologies such as curriculum-based measurement.

  • Wireless technology
  • Technology integration,
  • Collaborative instruction

(60 min Workshop, English)