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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Education
September 2, 2014
 
 
Canadian Excellence

Technology Requirements



UPDATE:  Laptop Program Discontinued

Faculty of Education Laptop Technology Requirements 2014-2015

The integration of emerging digital technologies for teaching and learning is emphasized in Laurierís Bachelor of Education program. However, in response to feedback from recent cohorts of teacher education candidates, the laptop lease program has been discontinued. Students entering the Bachelor of Education program in 2014-15 will be required to bring a laptop that meets the technological requirements of the Faculty of Education. If you do not have a laptop to bring, you can purchase one from the Laurier Bookstore Tech Shop. To provide support for technologies additional to your laptops, such as access to and training on iPads, interactive Whiteboards, document cameras, and other hardware on loan, a technology fee of $150 per year is required as part of your program fees. Please ensure that the laptop you bring to use during the program meets or preferably exceeds the following minimum standards. If your laptop does not meet these required minimums you may be at a disadvantage and your coursework may suffer.

PC Laptop Minimum Standard:

  • Runs Windows 7 Home Premium, Professional  or Ultimate 32 or 64 bit (preferred)
  • Your hardware generates a Windows experience index of 4 or greater
  • Supports wireless 802.11n and preferably is dual band (2.4 and 5 MHz).
  • Your laptop is up to date with Windows updates and you run current antivirus software.
  • Your laptop has a built in webcam and microphone.
  • You already have or are prepared to purchase MS Office to run on your laptop.

Macintosh Laptop (MacBook) Minimum Standard:

  • Intel core Duo processor with a minimum of 2 GB of ram
  • Your laptop has a built in webcam and microphone.
  • Mac OS X 10.6
  • Supports wireless 802.11n and preferably is dual band (2.4 and 5 MHz).
  • You already have or are prepared to purchase MS Office to run on your laptop.