Volume 4

Volume 4, Number 27

July 6, 2006

11 pages525 K bytes

Wearing Software Hats: Teaching Introductory Technology through Software Interactions

Mark Frydenberg
Bentley College
Waltham, MA 02452 USA

Abstract: Students use computer software to accomplish many tasks that are part of their daily routines. This paper describes an innovative approach to teaching an introductory technology course in which students who had some previous experience expanded their knowledge by interacting with different types of software applications, and by analyzing their roles in relationship to those applications. Students purchased Pocket PCs to use along with their laptops for this course; no printed text books were used. This active-learning approach enabled students to learn the traditional course topics in a way that made them relevant and engaging. Additional benefits included students creatively using their Pocket PCs for both personal and educational purposes, allowing them to apply the technologies they learned in the classroom to the contexts of their own lives.

Keywords: introductory technology course, Pocket PC, PDA, handheld computers, software roles, education

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Recommended Citation: Frydenberg (2006). Wearing Software Hats: Teaching Introductory Technology through Software Interactions. Information Systems Education Journal, 4 (27). http://isedj.org/4/27/. ISSN: 1545-679X. (A preliminary version appears in The Proceedings of ISECON 2005: §2134. ISSN: 1542-7382.)