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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.

Concerns that 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 implementation.

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."
Handhelds in 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 system.
Handhelds 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.

Technology leaders need to think deeply and systematically about how this new technology can be used to enhance teaching and learning.



Handheld 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.
Supporting 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 teachers
Handheld Computing for Education Leaders: A Tool for Organizing or Empowerment?
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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