University of Vermont

Laptop Recommendation Program for Undergraduates

Students in Teacher Education Programs in the College of Education and Social Services have recently reached a turning point with respect to computer usage. State regulation requires that every student in every teacher education program produce a professional portfolio that demonstrates the depth of their knowing and the breadth of their doing with respect to knowledge and skills across six specific categories of professional expertise.

During the Fall of 2006, teacher education programs began to utilize a web-based system of building professional portfolios. Faculty determined that students pursuing a professional teaching career should have their own laptop computer from the beginning of their professional preparation. Most classes now include technology requirements and each teacher education program requires the gradual acquisition and critical reflection upon the data and documents of a student's professional education. This includes lesson plans, webquests, scanned examples of student work, and self-designed innovative assessments of teaching and learning. The system we recommend will enable students to work across platforms with a variety of innovative text and visual software creating for them an embedded and seamless education in technology literacy.

Software

The computing needs of teaching professionals in the College of Education and Social services include more efficient academic learning mediums like word processing and presentation software, as well as more innovative software that enhances concept mapping and critical thinking, video production, web management, and digital photo processing and production, and data analysis.

Which programs recommend the acquisition of a laptop?

Currently, the following programs will be recommending the acquisition of a laptop upon entering their program: Elementary Education, Middle Level Education, Secondary Education, Early Childhood Education, and Early Childhood Special Education.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I purchase the Laptop recommended by the College of Education and Social Services?

The school has standardized on the Intel-Based Apple laptop (MacBook Pro, MacBook Pro Retina, MacBook Air), which can boot both Windows and Macintosh Operating systems. To eliminate unnecessary complications, it is suggested that you purchase the CESS computer package from the University's Computer Depot.

There are two primary advantages to purchasing a computer through the University's Microcomputer Services Depot. First, warranty service will be available on campus. Second, the software used by our University will be easily pre-loaded on your machine. The University has technology support in place that will attempt to help you install the recommended software regardless of where you purchase your machine and we will attempt to assist you when problems arise .

Why should I buy a laptop instead of a desktop?

Having a laptop computer provides our students with constant access to their work. Students are able to bring their machine to classes held on-campus, in order to share their work, and get help from professors. While a desktop may provide students with the necessary software to complete their assignments, it doesn't allow for the increasing need to be part of a mobile learning environment.

What happens if my laptop breaks?

The University has multiple options in place for obtaining technical support. Please view info on our technical assistance.

What CESS Programs will be implementing this laptop program?

Currently, the following programs will be recommending the acquisition of a laptop upon entering their program: Elementary Education, Middle Level Education, Secondary Education, Early Childhood Education, and Early Childhood Special Education.  If you are not in these programs, it is still recommended that you use the CESS computer package from the Univeristy's Computer Depot.

Where should I buy my laptop?

We have standardized on the Intel-Based MacBook, which can boot to both Windows and Macintosh operating systems. To eliminate unnecessary complications, it is suggested that you purchase the CESS computer package from the University's Computer Depot. Students will receive Depot information by mail, about the recommended computer models.

There are two primary advantages to purchasing a computer through the University's Computer Depot. First, warranty service will be available on campus. Second, the software used by the University will be easily pre-loaded on your machine. UVM has technology support in place that will attempt to help you install the required software regardless of where you purchase your machine and we will attempt to assist you when problems arise.

Can I upgrade my laptop from the basic configuration?

Yes. The Computer Depot offers great pricing on upgrades and external peripheral options such as printers, cables, memory keys, speakers, etc.

Should I insure my laptop?

It is recommended that you investigate insuring the computer against theft and accidental damage on your homeowner's insurance.

What if my laptop is stolen?

In the event a student’s computer is stolen, s/he should immediately contact the appropriate police department (campus or local police). They should then contact the university’s Computer Depot for assistance in filing a theft report needed to submit a claim to your homeowner's insurance company.

How much should this computer package cost? Can I get financial aid to help pay for it?

Since your laptop is recommended by the College, students may choose to use an outside educational lender to help finance their laptop. This request is permitted once every 4 years. Please visit the UVM Financial Aid website to obtain more information.

What is the warranty on this laptop?

The AppleCare Protection Plan extends the complimentary coverage on your Mac to three years of world-class support. The plan includes expert telephone assistance, global repair coverage, onsite repairs for desktop computers,* web-based resources, and TechTool Deluxe from Micromat—all for one economical price. Please visit Apple Inc.'s website to learn more about this program.

Last modified February 07 2014 10:19 AM