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Using Palm Pilots for Faculty and Students. Alexa Azzopardi MDEC Conference Schoolcraft College Friday, March 24, 2006. Introduction - What is it?. Handheld computer not Palm Pilot (brand name) Lots of different brands like: Palm – Zire & Tungsten

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Using palm pilots for faculty and students

Using Palm Pilots for Faculty and Students

Alexa Azzopardi

MDEC Conference Schoolcraft College

Friday, March 24, 2006


Introduction what is it
Introduction - What is it?

  • Handheld computer

  • not Palm Pilot (brand name)

  • Lots of different brands like:

    • Palm – Zire & Tungsten

    • Sony - CLIE

    • HP - iPaq

    • Dell - Axim


Inputting information 5 ways
Inputting Information – 5 ways

  • Keyboard - collapsible

  • Keyboard – on screen

  • Graffiti

  • Beaming

  • “Sync” it from your main computer


Basic software
Basic Software

  • Calendar

    • Multiple views of the calendar

    • Schedule an event with or w/o an alarm

    • Recurring events

    • Categorize events

  • Contacts

    • Categorize your contacts

    • Business Card


Basic software1
Basic Software

  • Memo Pad – Use Graffiti or keyboard

  • Note Pad – write directly on the screen

  • Calculator

  • MP3 player

  • Tasks

  • World Clock

    • Alarm Clock

    • Set Alarm Preferences


Software for everyone
Software for Everyone

  • Documents to Go – Palm OS

    • Crunches Microsoft Word, Excel & PowerPoint down to “Palm” size

    • Reads PDF documents

    • E-mail – Versa Mail (Windows only)

  • Handy Shopper – Create your own shopping list

  • EZ-Convert – Converts measurements

  • Car Payment – Calculates a car payment

  • UnLend


Faculty
Faculty

  • Percent Table – Just like your trusty EZ-Grader – only BETTER!!!

  • There are electronic grade books, but you’re going to PAY!!! Use Excel instead.


Students
Students

  • Homework Assistant – List their homework, when it’s due, for what class, and if it’s done yet

  • Grade Plus – Students can calculate and keep track of their own grades

  • Inflation Master – Calculates prices with inflation rates


Care and feeding of your handheld
Care and Feeding of Your Handheld

  • Keep it charged or ELSE!!!

  • Power Saving Features

    • Auto turn off

    • Keep brightness down

  • Sync it

  • Keep it DRY!

  • Screen Protector


Care and feeding of your handheld1
Care and Feeding of Your Handheld

  • Owner Information

    • Name

    • Address

    • Phone

    • Email contact

  • In Case of Emergency

  • Don’t Drop It!!!! (or at least drop it on something soft…)

  • Purchase an extended warranty if possible


If we have time
If we have time…

  • Prize Wheel – “Pick a number between…”

  • Die Roll – Roll up to 6 dice

  • Sketchy – Animation software

  • Marbles – No, not the ones you lost…


Good websites to check out
Good Websites to Check Out

  • www.palm.com

  • http://www.microsoft.com/windowsmobile/default.mspx

  • www.cnet.com – Get reviews for various models

  • http://www.palmloyal.com/new/index.php - Good place for freeware

  • http://www.pdasoftnet.com/ - Freeware for Palm and Windows OS


Good websites to check out1
Good Websites to Check Out

  • http://hi-ce.org/ - Connected with the U of M School of Education

  • http://www.goknow.com/ - Educational software for the handheld

  • http://learninginhand.com/ - Handheld computing in education, articles, management, and freeware



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