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  • 1. Annotated Bibliography Asay, P. (2002, April 1). Tablet PCs: The Killer App for Higher Education. Retrieved December 2, 2003 from Syllabus Magazine: Adopting wireless networking on campus is only part of the challenge. Deciding which devices to recommend that students use (or to not recommend) was a concern at Indiana State University. A libraries project team considers the pros and cons of adding Tablet PCs to their inventory of wireless devices. Considerations concerning the relatively new Tablet PC are presented, as is its potential application on their campus. Ball, S., Eckel, C., & Oliver, K. (2002, October 1). Wireless Interactive Teaching Simulations. Retrieved December 1, 2003 from Syllabus Magazine: An article detailing a “proof of concept” wireless project at Virginia Tech in which students in a Microeconomics course are provided a wireless device. The article discusses the benefits and drawbacks, challenges with the handheld devices and the technology itself, and application of the devices in a classroom setting. Berger, C. (2001). Wireless: Changing Teach and Learning “Everywhere, Everytime”. Retrieved November 19, 2003 from EDUCAUSE: This article discusses the positive effects of wireless technology in classroom labs. It offers several examples of how wireless technology has aided professors in the traditional classroom. Bortel, C. & DiLorenzo, E. (November 2003). Network Infrastructure, Wireless Technology. EDUCAUSE Evolving Technologies Committee. Retrieved December 1, 2003 from EDUCAUSE: A review by EDUCAUSE Evolving Technologies Committee on wireless networking. The article is an in-depth explanation of what wireless networking is, the different wireless technologies, implementation challenges, and how wireless can be important to higher education. Carlson, S. (2002, October 11). Are Personal Digital Assistants the Next Must-Have Tool? Retrieved November 19, 2003, from The Chronicle of Higher Education: An in-depth article discussing the pros and cons of handhelds on college campuses. The article cites several campuses where handhelds are required for certain majors. Briefly discusses the wireless and infrared capabilities of PDAs and how this can aid in education settings. Cost of the handhelds was a recurring concern for both students and universities, and the issue of who should fund PDAs is still undecided or many institutions. -1-
  • 2. Carlson, S. (2001, April 20). Wireless Technology Is a Double-Edged Sword, Researchers Conclude. Retrieved November 189, 2003 from The Chronicle of Higher Education: An article discussing the effects on grades by wireless applications. The two researchers from Cornell University discuss both the positives and negatives of students having unencumbered access to the Internet via wireless connections while in classroom settings. Carlson, S. (2000, October 11). Universities Find Wireless Systems Bring Them Convenience and Savings. Retrieved November 20, 2003, from The Chronicle of Higher Education: An article about how wireless affects the bottom line for universities looking to provide “ubiquitous computing” to its students. This article advocates the positives of wireless technology in the sense that it costs a fraction of what a traditional wired installation would be. It also discusses the benefits of working with vendors to obtain promotional discounts. Computer System Displays Personal Messages About Graduates at 2 Commencements. (2002, June 7). Retrieved November 19, 2003, from The Chronicle of Higher Education: This article relates the creative way in which graduating students at both the University of Pennsylvania and the University of New Mexico can display personal messages about themselves while obtaining their diploma on stage. A clever use of the Web and wireless technology is discussed, including its developers and how the program works. Dual Access Points for Wireless Networking. (2002, October 1). Retrieved December 1, 2003 from Syllabus Magazine: A brief Syllabus article covering a few of the larger and more well known access point makers in the wireless industry. A short review of five products is provided. ECAR Respondent Survey. (June 2002). Wireless networking in Higher Education in the U.S. and Canada. Retrieved November 24, 2003 from EDUCAUSE: An EDUCASE survey of 392 member institutions on “the state of wireless network implementation in higher education.” The article discusses reasons for moving to wireless technology and what wireless technology means for higher education. The follow-up questions raise important concerns to be addressed when considering wireless networking as a campus offering. Fallon, M. (2002, November 1). Handheld Devices: Towards a More Mobile Campus. Retrieved November 20, 2003, from Syllabus Magazine: This article discusses the impact wireless devices can have on a campus. The writer maintains that handhelds are not yet the norm, but the face of mobile computing will have -2-
  • 3. its greatest impact in the next 3-5 years. Also cites several campuses wireless efforts and how they are enabling students and faculty to learn and teach with mobile devices. Fenstermacher, S. (2003, April 1). College of William and Mary: Wireless Access Aids Displaced Students. Retrieved November 30, 2003 from Syllabus Magazine: Faced with a housing shortage due a residence hall renovation project, the college found temporary housing at a nearby hotel for incoming freshman. W&M felt obligated to provide the displaced students all campus services, including access to the campus network. The solution, as described in this article, was a wireless LAN. Homan, S. & Wood, K. (2003, October 1). Taming the Mega-Lecture: Wireless Quizzing. Retrieved November 20, 2003, from Syllabus Magazine: This article is a summary of a pilot test of wireless PDAs at Purdue University. The pilot was conducted for an OLS class in the School of Technology. The article focuses on the survey results of student’s responses to using the wireless PDAs for class quizzes. Long, P. (May/June 2002). Needed: Creative Teaching & Commitment. Retrieved November 24, 2003 from EDUCAUSE Quarterly: http://www.educase/edu/ir/library/pdf/ERM0234.pdf An article not limited to wireless technology, focusing more on the need for higher education to come to grips with the ability that technology has to transform teaching and learning for today’s technology-savvy students. IT points out that higher education is typically slower to embrace new technologies compared to other institutions in society, and that, sooner or later, it must react to the forces of innovative technology in order to adapt and enable new ways of creative teaching. Olsen, F. (2003, October 31). Wireless Networking Make Strong Inroads on Campus, Survey Shows. Retrieved November 19, 2003 from The Chronicle of Higher Education: An article reviewing a national survey by the Campus Computing Project. It discusses the survey’s results of various IT trends and the state of computing on American campuses. One aspect: wireless networks on campuses are increasing and concerns related to wireless access in campus buildings will emerge as coverage expands. The survey reports that wireless networking is one of the top 5 concerns in higher education for CIOs. Olsen, F. (2002, April 2). ‘CyberShuttle’ Offers Wireless Internet Access to UC-San Diego Commuters. Retrieved November 24, 2003, from The Chronicle of Higher Education: An interesting application of two wireless technologies on a University of California-San Diego campus. Researchers combined 802.11b and Qualcomm’s 3G broadband on a shuttle bus for students and staff to use during the round trip from campus to a train station. -3-
  • 4. Strauss, H. (2003, October 1). Wireless Classrooms: Evolution or Extinction? Retrieved November 30, 2003, from Syllabus Magazine: A Syllabus article discussing the paradigm shift needed on college campuses to truly embrace wireless usage for learning. The writer suggests that classrooms could potentially be eliminated with the broad use of wireless, if it is “ubiquitous and seamless.” Walton, M. (2002, December 16). Wi-Fi: New ways to connect on campus. Retrieved September 16, 2003 from CNN web site: A CNN article about students at the University of Georgia that designed several applications for PDAs and laptops using the school’s wireless network, WAGzone. The semester-long project was intended to provide useful information and applications for students, faculty, or even merchants and visitors to the area. West Point Creates Campus Wireless Network After Overcoming Security Issues. (2003, January 17). Retrieved November 19, 2003 from The Chronicle of Higher Education: A brief Chronicle article discussing the process by which the U.S. Military Academy went about implementing wireless access on its campus. A chief concern was security, due to West Point’s network connecting to the Department of Defense’s network. Young, J. (2002, April 12). Scan In, Party On. Retrieved November 19, 2003 from The Chronicle of Higher Education: A brief article showing how a wireless handheld computer allows bouncers at a Wake Forest fraternity to allow only over-21 students to drink at parties. An interesting concept of using a wireless handheld to access the registrar’s database for accurate student age information. -4-