Hornet Connected Learning
Recent News about HCL
An article about ESU's Hornet Connected Learning Program, authored by faculty members involved with the program, was published recently in "Stories from the Field" by the National Association for Professional Development Schools
A Partnership in Preparing Preservice Teachers to Teach with Mobile Technologies
Posted on March 13, 2017 by NAPDS
In response to an increase in the number of mobile technologies used in public schools in the state of Kansas, and in an effort to prepare teacher candidates to use those technologies upon entering the classroom, the Hornet Connected Learning initiative at Emporia Sate University was launched in Fall 2014. The one-to-one mobile technologies initiative, which has become an essential element of the Professional Development School program at ESU, has an articulated mission of putting pre-service teachers in a position to be leaders in connected learning and teaching through the use of current technologies. Learn more...
Frequently Asked Questions
Hornet Connected Learning is a 1:1 tablet- and Chromebook-based learning initiative designed to prepare Emporia State education students to teach effectively with evolving technology. In 2014, more than one-third of elementary students in Kansas were using tablets and other mobile devices in the classroom. As reported in the New York Times, "Chromebooks [...] are now a powerhouse in America’s schools. Today they account for more than half the mobile devices shipped to schools" (2017). Nationwide, similar one-to-one initiatives are being launched at the K-12 level. The Teachers College at Emporia State has a long history as one of the nation’s model teacher preparation programs. As part of this legacy, the college continually adapts coursework to incorporate innovation in technology and instruction – which includes the increasing use of mobile devices in the classroom. Through Hornet Connected Learning, The Teachers College is continuing its tradition as a forerunner in the transformation of educational practice.
All students who major in Elementary Education are required to purchase and bring an iPad to all classes after he or she has earned at least 30 credit hours. Students who transfer from another institution are also required to purchase and bring an iPad once he or she achieves sophomore status at Emporia State. You can choose where to purchase the device. It should meet the minimum iPad requirements described here.
You are required to purchase and bring an iPad. Research shows 1:1 initiatives like Hornet Connected Learning are most successful when all students are using the same device so instructional time is not lost adapting lessons to varied brands of tablets. However, we recognize some students will own an iPad prior to beginning our program. Providing it meets the iPad minimum requirements, a current device can be used.
The KSDE Digital Learning Report (2014) indicated 49% of Kansas school districts report implementing a 1:1 mobile initiative. Of those districts, 69% adopted iPads for student use. Since our students have a great likelihood of entering classrooms using iPads, the iPad was selected as the preferred device. In addition, Apple offers more apps for education than other tablets at this time.
- possess a device capable of providing a multitude of learning resources that are helpful as a learner and a teacher
- share a common tool, creating a controlled learning environment, thus resulting in simplified usage and implementation
- participate in a teaching and learning project similar to current K-12 one-to-one initiatives in Kansas and across the United States
- learn how to help others learn and teach with educational technologies
- become a leader in the integration of educational technologies
- have the option of purchasing textbooks required for Emporia State courses in e-textbook or paper format, thus reducing textbook costs
- If you receive financial aid, those funds can be used toward the purchase your device. At your first eligibility for Hornet Connected Learning (sophomore or above) you will have a one-time financial aid budget increase. An increase in your financial aid budget usually results in an increased offer for a Parent Loan for Students (PLUS). Freshmen may opt in early and apply for a financial aid budget increase by completing the Computer Funding Request form found at www.emporia.edu/finaid/forms/.
- We recommend the purchase of AppleCare+. Since this device is integral to your coursework it is important to keep it protected. Having AppleCare+ will extend your coverage to two years from the original issue date of your iPad and includes up to two incidents of accidental damage coverage. Each incident is subject to a $49 service fee plus applicable tax. AppleCare+ is also recommended because it will provide you with free, 24/7 technical support from Apple. Learn more about this.
- No specific accessories will be required. Accessories such as covers, cases, or keyboards are optional. If you plan to use your device for taking class notes or completing assignments, a Bluetooth keyboard might be beneficial. An iPad air cover and a t-shirt with the Hornet Connected Learning graphic are available for purchase through the ESU Memorial Union Bookstore, click on "HORNET ITEMS."
This is a personal choice. An iPad is a useful tool because it is light and portable, and it will be essential to success in our program. If you already own a computer or laptop, these devices can also continue to be used. However, learning a new device takes time and practice. While some tasks may be easier on a laptop, we encourage students to use their iPad whenever possible in order to gain skill and confidence.
Textbooks are in a transition time, as e-textbooks and mobile devices become more common. When possible, we will provide students with the option of purchasing e-textbooks since e-textbook costs are below the cost of paper textbooks. If e-textbooks are purchased, we have learned that students will offset the cost of their iPad within one to two semesters. Below is a textbook cost comparison for one semester:
|Textbook Requirements||Spring 2014||Spring 2015|
|Block Two Course||3 paper textbooks
|1 paper textbook
|Total savings of $307 for one semester.
*New textbook purchase from ESU Bookstore.
- Hornet Connected Learning iPad orientation events will be scheduled prior to the start of each semester. Experienced iPad users and those who are new to the iPad should attend. The purpose of this event is to ensure students and their device are ready for the first day of class and you are aware of all the opportunities and supports available to you as a Hornet Connected Learning participant. Watch this web page for specific dates and times. You may also receive an email from your advisor.
- If you are a student on campus, you are invited to attend an orientation event on campus. If you are a student at one of the Emporia State University distance sites, you are invited to an orientation event at your distance program location at a time connected to your orientation. If you are not able to attend an iPad orientation event in your location, you may request to attend at another location by emailing email@example.com. Watch your ESU email for more information.
Sophomores through seniors will be enrolled in a zero-credit course titled EL344A: iPad Tutorials through Canvas. Within the course a series of modules are available for learning how to use various apps on the iPad (e.g., Pages, Keynote, iMovie). Information is shared through written materials and video tutorials and a short quiz at the end of each module will let students check their learning. Badges for completion of modules will be awarded to students. You are also encouraged to participate in an iPad user group. These groups bring together iPad users, students and faculty, to discuss new apps and issues with commonly used apps.
Additional details about Hornet Connected Learning, including iPad Orientation event details, will be shared on this Hornet Connected Learning website and through student e-mail. Send further questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.