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Technology Recommendations for Professional Education

In anticipation of specific requests for information on the level of equipment and types of software that meet the needs of entering and current professional education students, we provide the following recommendations.

While the expectations of the faculty for computing access can be met by many platforms coupled with a variety of software packages, students should consider when purchasing, that faculty and staff in the College of Education use iPads and Apple Macintosh computers, and that virtually all software, professional development, and technical assistance training provided through the college are Apple-based or compatible. The staff in our Catalyst technology center will attempt to help students resolve compatibility issues, but are trained to provide technical assistance on Apple-based products.

Dennis Devenney, Director of Technology – dennis@k-state.edu

Apple iPad Specifications:

  • iPad Air (gen 3), iPad Pro, iPad (new version 6) with minimum of 32 GB or greater
    • Operating System: iOS 12.3 or greater
    • Applications:
      • Pages, Keynote, Numbers, GarageBand, Photos, and iMovie
        (these are included for free with an iPad)
      • Word, PowerPoint and Excel (provided by University)

Apple Macintosh Hardware Specifications:

  • Laptop/Desktop computer: Minimum - Intel i5, i7 processor or newer
    • Hard Drive: 512 GB or greater, 256 GB or greater for Solid State drives
    • RAM: 8 GB or greater  
    • Built-in Wireless (802.11ac Wi-Fi wireless)
    • Operating System: Latest Mac OS X 10.14 or greater
    • Applications:

Additional items to consider that would be very useful:

  • Protection Plan (extending the hardware warranty of your computer)
  • 16 to 32 GB or greater Flash Drive (for transferring and exchanging data)
  • Carrying case and sleeve
  • USB Printer w/USB cable
  • Lock and cable kit to prevent theft

Additional assistance with Macintosh hardware and software is supported within the College of Education, in the Catalyst Technology and Media Services Center, 16 Bluemont Hall.

Windows PC Computer Hardware and Software Recommendations:

Technology Purchasing Tips

  • Please do not replace quality computing hardware you presently own without advice from our Catalyst Technology Center. For more information, please contact Dennis Devenney, dennis@k-state.edu or 785-532-5264.
  • You may find it to your benefit to check with the K-State Computer Store for special pricing and packaging on your computer selection.
  • Computing equipment and academically-related software expenses may be included in financial aid considerations. The K-State Student Financial Aid Office will assist students to include these expenses in their financial aid packages.
  • The College of Education, through the Catalyst, maintains a limited supply of laptops and software for use within the Catalyst Commons Media area for special assignments or to fill emergency student needs during the Catalyst's open hours.

Technology Expectations

National and state professional education standards now require that individuals preparing to be licensed as teachers demonstrate the ability to use modern technologies to enhance the learning of their students. Nearly always these technologies directly or indirectly involve the use of computers.

Faculty in the College of Education at Kansas State University will expect students in professional education courses to have regular access to computing equipment and software adequate to complete course assignments related to using technology to improve teaching.

While these expectations will most immediately and directly affect students fully admitted to the professional education program (mostly juniors and seniors), students in their pre-professional work would clearly benefit from using these technologies, as they will continue to use them after full admission to teacher education.

The technology skills needed to enhance teaching will undoubtedly evolve rapidly. However, at a minimum, the faculty will expect students to have access to computing hardware and software allowing them to demonstrate the following skills:

  • Word processing and electronic text book creation (e.g. iBook Author, ePub software)
  • Use the Internet as an information resource and for research
  • Use the Internet for downloading and uploading textual, audio, and video communication with individuals and groups
  • Capture, create, modify, integrate and apply to instruction:
    • streaming video
    • audio (including music)
    • photographic images
    • graphic art
    • charts and graphs
  • Create, organize, integrate and deliver presentations (e.g. PowerPoint and Keynote)
  • Create, store, modify and disseminate learning modules
  • Apply technology to initial instruction, student review of material, and student assessment
  • Apply ethical standards and evaluative judgment to the use of technology resources.

Presently most university students find their personal and academic computing needs are best satisfied by a quality computer with a wireless connection to the Internet.