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Professional Learning Opportunities

Support for students
Access to online resources and onsite learning technologists makes becoming an expert inevitible
Gain expertise in the use of technology in education
Nipissing education students have the advantage of acquiring the practical classroom technology skills that boards of education seek
Mac Attack!
The first pre-service teacher education program in Canada to fully integrate MacBook computers into all education streams

Professional Learning with the Schulich School of Education

Our teacher candidates are immersed in a continuous professional learning environment with support and resources available through our Professional Learning Centre (A230).  

Each term a calendar of opportunities will be made available, and students are invited to participate in a series of engaging and ongoing hands on professional learning experiences that feature educators exploring skills, strategies and activities that integrate digital technology resources, school community involvement, personal resume, portfolio and interview techniques, and much more.  

All professional learning opportunities are designed to support and supplement course content by broadening teaching/learning skills and building confidence and readiness for the teaching profession.  

For more information contact your Professional Learning Coordinator, Mylae Costello at​, and consider applying to become a Professional Learning Assistant (click here).  ​

What technologies are experienced?

Supports are embedded into both on-campus coursework and off-campus practice teaching activities, pre-service teacher candidates enjoy many opportunities to develop capacities and confidence working with:

  • Laptop computers
  • Interactive Whiteboards (SMART Board, Promethean Activboard, Mimio Teach, Wii-mote)
  • tablets (iPads)
  • digital document cameras (iPEVO, SMART, ELMO)
  • Internet web-based “Cloud Computing” tools (iCloud, Dropbox, Google Drive, SkyDrive)
  • Personal Response Systems/Clickers (SMART Response, Socrative)
  • Ontario Ministry of Education (OSAPAC) software (Word-Q, Geometer SketchPad, SMART Ideas)
  • Open Source software (Musescore, Audacity, Geogebra, Open Office, etc.)
  • Presentation applications (Prezi, Keynote, PowerPoint, etc.)
  • Ontario Report Card software (MarkBook, eTeacher)
  • Lesson Plan Rubric software (Rubric Builder)
  • and much more

All of the digital resources are explored from an educator’s perspective --- considering how they may be employed within the context of the teaching and learning environment.

Teachers & Students Using Technology in the 21st Century!

Computers will never take the place of effective teachers who employ a wide array of teaching strategies. However, the spectrum of learning styles and abilities displayed by students creates an environment that requires diversity and differentiation in classroom practices. Teaching and learning activities can be enhanced when educators effectively integrate technology into the classroom environment. 21st century students (millenials) respond positively to technology integration as it represents a significant element embedded within the fabric of their everyday lives. Activities ranging from the use of theme focused video clips as interest hooks to learners interacting with tablets (iPads) or SMART Boards to manipulate content to the infusion of Podcasts to share curriculum, represent a smorgasbord of teaching tools in the educator toolkit. Used in meaningful and relevant manners, technology integration can connect with a variety of learning styles to add another dimension to the classroom experience. In today’s digital world, schools are looking for education graduates who are technology literate, innovative and creative thinkers.

The Nipissing University Advantage

With a rich tradition in teacher education excellence, Nipissing University’s Schulich School of Education is nationally renowned for its high-caliber program. This tradition, combined with the dedication toward maintaing supports with educational technology integration, has resulted in an unbeatable “value added teacher education package” that places Nipissing University graduates ahead with a distinct advantage. Through such experiences, Nipissing University education students learn to integrate technology to enhance teaching, improve learning and positively influence student success. With continuous access to teaching materials and information sources on the Internet and their laptops, Nipissing University education students, whether on campus in class or at their practice teaching sites, develop expertise with the digital resources that enables them to become leading edge new teachers. Ultimately, it will be the students of these future teachers who will experience the benefits from this expertise and knowledge.

Laptop Choices? Apple Mac OSX vs Windows

All students are required to bring their own laptop computer for use in the BEd program.

Question: Should the student have an Apple Mac OSX laptop or a Windows operating system laptop?

Ultimately, it is the student's choice in terms of make and model. As long as the device is reliable and performs effectively to meet the student's needs as a pre-service teacher candidate in the teacher education program, the laptop technology requirement can be met. 

Because of existing supports and services on campus for the Mac OSX devices, and because Mac laptops are the only devices that can legally run both Windows and Mac operating systems and software, many of our students choose Mac OSX devices over Windows when entering into the educaiton program; however, it is still up to the indiviudal.  

Since our program adopted Apple computer technology in 2009, our University has developed a significant resource base of supports and services connected to the MacBook laptop family. The University Technology Services (UTS) department features a staff of Apple Certified Technicians and an Authorized Apple Service Centre. Students can access the UTS services for any computer related issue that they may encounter. 

If a student chooses to bring a non-Apple laptop into the program (e.g., Toshiba, Dell, HP, Asus, Acer, Sony, etc.), they are making an informed decision that they will be responsible for all technical issues (repairs) that they may encounter throughout the BEd degree experience. Our UTS service centre is not authorized to provide warranty service for non-Apple computer products.


  • Mylae Costello
    • Professional Learning Coordinator, Schulich School of Education
    • e-mail: 
    • telephone: 705.474.3450 ext. 4592
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