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ISCT: Requirements


In the 21st century New Mexico Military Institute will be a learning environment embracing technology to enhance student access to learning resources, promote the development of independent learners and encourage greater student-faculty communication and collaboration. The Institute's embrace of technology must also be accompanied by an equally strong cadet commitment to technological literacy. Being tomorrow's leaders in an information age requires a strong commitment to computer literacy; computer literacy as ubiquitous computing; the integration of the Internet and computing into daily life. The training and computer integration students live with at NMMI provide basic understanding and skills needed for success in the 21st century, success in the pursuit of educational goals and work goals beyond the NMMI campus.

Since 1992, NMMI has offered a network environment providing each cadet network access at the barracks desk. Internet access has been available since 1995. Cadets will quickly discover that daily computer use is an integral part of campus academic, corps and social life. The campus network unites the entire campus and connects it to the world through the Internet. It also provides services like the telephone and cable television. Computing at NMMI is not limited to word processing, calculations, and access to the library catalog. Many courses incorporate class bulletin boards, class chat rooms, web-based resources, and discipline-specific software as part of the learning environment. Library resources extend far beyond on-line access to the catalog to full-text databases and Internet research.

In the fall of 2000, cadet access from the desk was upgraded to 10MB Ethernet with a computer required of all new cadets in the fall of 2002. To take full advantage of the network resources, cadets must have access to a powerful computer with multimedia capabilities. Avoid purchasing low-cost PC's that are manufactured exclusively for use in the home by consumers. These systems are not designed for the large, sophisticated, networked environment that exists at the Institute. Most computer vendors manufacture a line of computers aimed at the office/business market.

Standardizing hardware and software at NMMI, opens opportunities for software site licenses and volume buys of hardware. NMMI's Microsoft Campus Wide agreement is an example. Cadets and parents, through the cadet computer purchase program and free Microsoft software are beneficiaries of the savings as is the Institute. Standardizing on a single vendor also allows for vendor technical and warranty support of cadet computing at levels not possible with current NMMI staffing.

Other advantages:

requiring computers allows adding that cost to financial aid calculations.

For more details you should contact the Financial Aid office at (575)624-8066 or e-mail MAJ Sonya Rodriguez.

ubiquitous computing access facilitates the use of technology in teaching and learning.

NMMI is currently funding a multi-year Technology Initiative providing faculty computers, software and in-service training to integrate computer technology into the curriculum as an alternate learning medium. Such an effort would not be possible without ubiquitous computer access in the corps.

computer access is more democratic with all cadets having a machine in their room.

Approximately 65% of the corps of cadets currently have compute capability in their rooms. Public and class computer labs are provided for cadets, however a personal computer on the cadet's desk provides greater access to network based learning resources.

the development of new models and methods of education.

A great deal is written today on meeting the learning styles of individual students. Internet and multimedia presentations of information is one new learning method freeing the learner from temporal and space limits. Research also indicates that e-mail and chat rooms tied to classroom presentations increase the learner's participation in discussions and also improves analysis and writing skills.

enhanced communication and collaboration between cadets, faculty and staff.

Electronic communications used consistently allows for considered written discussions of topics over longer time periods. The analysis of issues and the synthesis of clearly stated points of view in written form are hallmarks of an educated person. While the medium is different, the process is not unlike the use of letters by our founding fathers in the nineteenth century to formulate the ideas at the foundation of our society.

increased computer literacy through use of this new tool set as part of the daily life at the Institute.

Computer literacy like leadership, honor, ethics and good judgment are better learned when closely integrated into daily life. It is not something you study for one hour a day, three days a week but rather a part of the life you live. "Good judgment comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment." Will Rodgers

research and learning (almost) without regard to clocks and walls.

While the resource is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, the Institute is concerned with a great deal more than the "book learning" of its students. Time is required of each cadet for training in leadership, physical exercise, and issues of honor and ethics. A lights out sleep period is also enforced each night. Students need to exercise "good judgment" in the allocation of time for a variety of life experiences, not spending hours "surf'n on the web".

increased access to library and information sources both on campus and around the world.

One of the goals of new learning methods is to develop independent learners. Abundant information sources and the ability to discern the quality of information are important aspects of independent learning.

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Scholarship Recipients
Check the guidelines for your particular scholarship to determine what computer-related expenses may be covered. In some cases, the monies cannot be applied to the purchase price of a computer, but may be used to lease a computer.

For more details you should contact the New Mexico Military Institute Financial Aid office at (575) 624-8066 or e-mail MAJ Sonya Rodriguez.

Scholarship athletes

When computers are required, the athletics department will make available a suitable computer for the use of each full-scholarship student-athlete who does not already own a personal computer. The provision of these computers will be provided per NCAA regulations through a combination of leasing, and issuance-and-retrieval.

Insurance
Cadets and their parents are strongly advised to consider insurance coverage for the computer. This can be incorporated as a rider on homeowner's or renter's insurance.

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  1. Bring with you to campus all the manuals, floppy disks, and CDs you received with your computer. Keep them with you (don't let your parents take them back home). This will help you if you encounter any computing problems.

  2. Bring a copy of your purchase receipt in case you need to have warranty repair performed.

  3. Remember, if you cannot get your computer connected to the NMMI network immediately, don't panic. The "old" cadets will be available during move-in, RAT week. During the first few days, ISCT staff will provide connection training to help get your computer connected to the network as quickly as possible.