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Wireless Laptops In The Classroom: No Strings Attached?

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2002 Annual Conference


Montreal, Canada

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June 16, 2002

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June 16, 2002

End Date

June 19, 2002



Conference Session

Laptop/Handheld Computing in Education

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7.1323.1 - 7.1323.10

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Brent Campbell

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“Wireless Laptops in the Classroom: No Strings Attached?”

Charles B. Campbell, R. Bruce Floersheim

Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering United States Military Academy West Point, NY 10996


The search continues for ways to enhance education through the integration of computers in the classroom. A tool that is available to the Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering at the United States Military Academy (USMA) at West Point is a mobile wireless network and twenty-one laptop computers that have the potential to turn any classroom into an “instant” computer lab. This mobile computing environment was recently put to the test instructing mechanical engineering design students in the use of Quality Function Deployment methods and software. The integration of laptop computers, wirelessly connected to the USMA network, was explored from a pedagogical as well as logistical perspective. Issues involved in the use of wireless laptops are discussed as well as lessons learned. In addition, an attempt is made to extrapolate future educational possibilities and pitfalls as more institutions move towards a mobile computing environment.


The goal of any integration of technology into the classroom should be to facilitate the learning of the students. As a result, teachers must carefully review the learning outcomes to see

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Campbell, B. (2002, June), Wireless Laptops In The Classroom: No Strings Attached? Paper presented at 2002 Annual Conference, Montreal, Canada.

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