|Handhelds in education
Integration into the curriculum
Where to get more information
They are small, cute and fun. Are they just the latest technological fad,
however, or do handhelds have a legitimate place in the classroom?
Supporters say that the handheld's ability to go anywhere promotes constructivist learning, collaboration and
sharing. The device also encourages revision and reflection. The
bottom line for many educators is that because student "buy-in" is high,
they are more engaged.
kids will lose them or they'll get stolen, beaming will make it easier to
cheat or pass notes, they'll play games
are primarily misplaced,. They need to be addressed , though, to overcome barriers to
The articles below explore the trends in
handheld's place in education along with examples of classroom use.
Every child in K-12 needs to be provided with a Palm
computer, just as they are provided with pencils and notebooks.
Elliot Soloway Palm Manifesto
PEP Grant Findings
SRI's March 2002 evaluation of the Palm Education Pioneer grants.
"Teachers' evaluation of handheld technology was overwhelmingly positive.
Handhelds were seen as having positive effects on student learning, on
teaching practices, and on the quality of learning activities."
Educations: The Answer to 1-to-1 Computing
May 2003 Educator's Resource Center
This article presents the case for handhelds, provides a thorough
overview of their use and forecasts where they are going in education.
A Report Card on Handhelds
February 2002 Technology & Learning Magazine
"Due to an appealing confluence of power, portability, and price,
handheld computers are gaining momentum in schools. We've gathered reports
from pioneers in the field to help you explore the pros and cons."
Getting a Handle on Handhelds
Structured overview of 13
facets of implementing handheld computers into all areas of the school
in the Classroom
March 15 2001 Education World
In addition to the informative examples of implementation and classroom
use, the article incorporates a host of useful links.
need to think deeply and systematically about how this new technology can be
used to enhance teaching and learning.
Computing: New Best Tech Tool or Just a Fad?
September 26 2001 Education Week
Balanced look at the pros and cons of handheld use and the need for adequate
preparation and training.
Science Inquiry in K-12 Using Palm Computers: A Palm Manifesto
March 5 2002 pdaEd.com
Elliot Soloway's case for handheld support for both students and
Handheld Computing for Education Leaders: A Tool for Organizing or
May 2000 Leading & Learning with Technology
Presents the Pownell-Bailey model of leadership functions: organizing
and planning, reference, gathering and analyzing, learning and
self-improvement, communication, teaming and collaboration.
Technology in America: Education
March 12 2002 PC Magazine
Articulate overview of the successes, opportunities and challenges of
technology in education.
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