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A technology learning initiative

Hornet Connected Learning

What is Hornet Connected Learning?

Hornet Connected Learning is a 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.

What Kind of Computer Should I Buy?

The brand and model of computer is less important than the functionality. It also doesn’t matter if it is a Mac, PC, or Chromebook. We strongly recommend either a laptop or 2-in-1 tablet, however, because you will need a device that is portable. ESU provides Wi-Fi in all buildings and in many open spaces.

Chromebook Option

12-16” display/detachable optional

4 GB internal memory or higher

64 GB flash memory or higher

Keyboard and/or keyboard + tablet

Integrated webcam

1-year warranty minimum

Estimated cost: From $200-$600

Mac and/or iPad Option

OS X (10.x) minimum (Mac Option)

10-16” display/touch screen optional

Core i5 processor or higher (Mac Option)

8 GB internal memory or higher

128 GB Flash memory or higher

Keyboard and/or keyboard + iPad

Mouse/stylus optional

Integrated webcam

1 year warranty minimum

Estimated cost: From $800-$1200

PC Option

Windows 10 minimum

12-16” display/tablet or detachable optional

Core i5 processor or higher

8 GB internal memory or higher

128 GB Flash memory or higher

Keyboard and/or keyboard + tablet

Mouse/stylus optional

Integrated webcam

1 year warranty minimum

Estimated cost: From $350-$1200

What Software Do I Need?

The Elementary Education program primarily uses online products and applications that are either freely available or provided by ESU. All that is required in most cases is access to the Apple Store, the Google Play Store, or the Windows Store – depending on your device. These services normally require an account to download applications. Additional recommended products are noted below:

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  • Anti-virus: ESU provides FREE anti-virus software for all students. (Mac OS and Windows only)
  • Microsoft Office: ESU provides FREE versions of Office Home and Office Cloud for all students. (Mac, Windows, Chromebook)
  • Virtual Lab: ESU provides students FREE access to Skylab, which includes statistical and specialized software. (Mac, Windows, Chromebook)

Point your browser to hornet.emporia.edu to access these and other downloads.

Mission

The Emporia State Hornet Connected Learning 1:1 initiative is designed to place our students and faculty in a position to be leaders in connected learning and teaching through the use of current technologies.

Vision

Create an atmosphere where...

  • current technologies are an integral part of teaching and learning and are engaging to learners at all levels
  • teacher candidates use technology to differentiate instruction and provide creative constructivist approaches to teaching and learning
  • faculty are comfortable with constant change and increased candidate control as they implement technology in their classrooms
  • faculty and candidates are prepared to lead community efforts to use technology for teaching and learning