- Do I need my own computer?
- What technology resources are available for education majors?
- What software is available?
As a student at the University you will use computers daily to complete assignments, write reports, gather information through the Internet, and communicate with faculty, family, and friends. It is safe to say that it is very difficult to get along in today's world of education without knowing about computers and how to operate them. It is not only necessary to utilize computers as a student but as a future teacher you will be expected to have a high level of proficiency with them. It is absolutely true that one cannot be an effective teacher in today's schools without a thorough understanding of computers and their use.
While it is not absolutely necessary, it is highly recommended that each student have their own computer. For those considering not owning a computer, there are public-access computer labs at UW-Whitewater. Though computer labs have generous hours you would be required to complete all of your work during these hours and many may find this inconvenient.
While it may be possible to use University computer resources while one is a resident on campus, the day will come when you will want to have a computer of your own. Because of the convenience that owning a personal computer affords, many students will elect to purchase one as soon as possible. The following link can provide you with more information: Buying a Computer
Wisconsin Instructional Technology Resource Center (WITRC)
WITRC primarily serves College of Education & Professional Studies students and faculty. Located in Winther Hall 1006 there are several resources that WITRC makes available. Our general computing lab has approximately 20 computers and helpful staff ready to assist if you encounter a problem. The ACL Lab offers access to Promethean and SmartBoard units, a commonly used tool in current classrooms. WITRC manages two collaboration labs that include Smart Boards and video conferencing equipment available for use by students. Finally, WITRC also manages a computer lab in Williams Center 187 which contains 24 PC’s and one Mac. Typical office productivity software, as well as multimedia development, graphics, and web publishing software are available on the computers managed by WITRC.
General Access Labs
The McGraw and Andersen Labs are general access computing labs for use by all UW-Whitewater students. These labs are maintained by Instructional Technology Services. They offer access to general-purpose and discipline-specific software. Students can also use e mail and access the Internet from any of the lab computers.
The University maintains a computer Help Desk (262-472-HELP) in McGraw Hall to answer faculty and student computing questions.
The UW-Whitewater ResNet is a collection of 4200 network ports (jacks) throughout the residence hall system. Both persons living in a room can hook a computer to the network without using the telephone line. These connections allow access to the campus network, the Internet, and to some applications.
Discounted software is available to students in the University of Wisconsin system from the Wisconsin Integrated Software Catalog (WISC). Software from Adobe/Macromedia, Microsoft, and others are available for purchase with student discounts.
Among the software titles available for use in WITRC, and other general access campus computer labs are Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari, Google Chrome, Adobe Suite, Adobe Acrobat Pro, Microsoft Office, iPhoto, iMovie, iDVD, and Inspiration.