Required Laptops

Teaching in American K-12 schools is becoming a high-tech career and teacher education at Ball State University is a national model for the integration of computing and information technologies into the process of learning to teach.

In fall of 2002, our teacher education program was completely revised to include the exploration and application of teaching and learning technologies in teacher education coursework. In conjunction with a massive influx of academic opportunities and supports, we have designed our revised program around the assumption that teaching as a career requires technology expertise and that learning to teach requires ubiquitous access to advanced media and information technologies in all aspects of the teacher education program. Ubiquitous computing is built around laptop computers, wireless networking, and academic programs that integrate them in meaningful ways into the process of learning to teach.

To fulfill this goal, all teacher education majors at Ball State are now required to produce a digital, web-based portfolio to represent their competence with teaching and learning. In addition, students entering the teacher education program are required to obtain an Apple laptop computer to use in the teacher education curriculum.

You may be eligible to use part of your financial aid package to purchase your Apple laptop computer. For more information, click here or contact the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid at (800)227-4017.

For information on purchasing an Apple laptop computer, click here.

If you have questions about using your Apple laptop, stop by iCare Corner in TC 115 or visit the iCare website.
Office of the Dean
Teachers College (TC), Room 1005
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306-0625

Phone: 765-285-5251
Fax: 765-285-5455