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Technology Integration with Palm-Sized Computers. Theresa Overall University of North Texas [email protected] February 10, 2003 With thanks to Jennifer Smolka, Cathie Norris, and Elliot Soloway. What is a “handheld”? It’s a technology that. Fits in your hand

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Technology Integration with Palm-Sized Computers

Theresa Overall

University of North Texas

[email protected]

February 10, 2003

With thanks to

Jennifer Smolka, Cathie Norris, and Elliot Soloway


What is a “handheld”?It’s a technology that...

  • Fits in your hand

  • Started as a Personal Digital Assistant (PDA) but is now so much more

  • Provides 1:1 computing

  • Costs much less than other technologies

  • Has unique educational functionalities

    • Instantaneous (on/ off/ save)

    • Portable

    • Invisible

    • Personal

    • Private

    • Versatile

    • Fun


Ahandheld is not a stepchild to a PC

and it’s not

“just a baby PC”


Palm OS

Palm (MANY models plus new Zire)

Sony (Clié)

Handspring (Visor)

IBM (WorkPad)

Windows CE

Dell (Axim)

Casio (Cassiopeia)

Hewlett Packard (iPAQ and Jornada)

Toshiba

What runs them?Who makes them?


So, WhatLearning ImpactsAre We Seeing In the Classroom?


Learning Impacts with Handhelds

  • Write&Rewrite


Learning Impacts with Handhelds

  • Write&Rewrite


Learning Impacts with Handhelds

  • Write& Rewrite

  • Revisit


Learning Impacts with Handhelds

  • Write&Rewrite

  • Revisit

  • Immerse


Learning Impacts with Handhelds

  • Write&Rewrite

  • Revisit

  • Immerse

  • Collaborate


Learning Impacts with Handhelds

  • Write&Rewrite

  • Revisit

  • Immerse

  • Collaborate

  • Learn in-context


Learning Impacts with Handhelds

  • Write&Rewrite

  • Revisit

  • Immerse

  • Collaborate

  • Learn in-context


Learning Impacts with Handhelds

  • Write&Rewrite

  • Revisit

  • Immerse

  • Collaborate

  • Learn in-context

  • Succeed


Stylus

Beam

Synch

Cradle

Business Card

Cards

Peripherals

Physical Buttons

Tap Buttons

Tapboard

Graffiti

Handheld Terms


HiCE Applications


  • What is it?

    • Concept mapping tool


  • Features

    • Create individual & group maps

    • Print maps directly from Palm

    • Easily share and revise maps


  • Classroom Applications

    • Brainstorming

    • Visual outlining

    • Organizing

    • Assessment


Let’s do:

  • Make your family tree.

MOM

DAD

SON

DAUGHTER


HiCE Applications


  • What is it?

    • Animation and drawing tool


  • Features

    • Create up to 999 frames

    • Geometric and freehand shapes

    • Easy to share, edit and revise


  • Classroom Applications

    • Diagram cell structures

    • Animate growth cycles

    • Write and share stories


Let’s do

  • Draw a face; animate blinking eyes

  • In small groups…

    • What can you use animation for?

    • Make an animation to share with the group.


HiCE Applications


  • What is it?

    • Communicable disease simulation


  • Features

    • Easy teacher tools to manage simulation

    • Adjust immunity, initial carriers and incubation time

    • Students can review list of all “meetings” between Palms


  • Classroom Applications

    • HIV/AIDs

    • Exponential growth

    • Epidemiology


Let’s do

Let’s meet each other…but be careful! There is a terrible virus that can be transmitted through casual contact.

How many will survive??


HiCE Applications


  • What is it?

    • Store web content on Palm


  • Features

    • Quickly download and share web materials for offline use

    • Downloaded text is searchable

    • Customized preferences (graphics and link depth)


  • Classroom Applications

    • Online research available offline

    • Create personal reference library

    • Group research projects


HiCE Applications


  • What is it?

    • Tool for taking and annotating pictures


  • Features

    • Works with Kodak PalmPix camera

    • Easily create, edit and share scrapbooks

    • Uploads for printing, website creation


  • Classroom Applications

    • Virtual scrapbook of field trips CAMPING!

    • Document lab experiments

    • Record and review progress over time


HiCE Applications


  • What is it?

    • Timed fill-in-the-blank game for Palm


  • Features

    • Students choose correct answer from multiple options

    • Automatically records student progress

    • Students and teachers will soon be able to create and share their own data sets


  • Classroom Applications

    • Spanish vocabulary

    • Math

      • Decimals, fractions, inequalities

    • Social Studies

      • State capitals


Let’s do

  • Burst some bubbles!


HiCE Applications


  • What is it?

    • Word processing tool


  • Features

    • 109,000 word spell-checker

    • Easily edit, share and revise

    • Print directly from Palm


  • Classroom Applications

    • Create text documents

    • Peer editing

    • Note taking & journaling


Let’s do

  • Analogies

dog:puppy::cat:kitten


dog:puppy::cat:kitten dog:cat::puppy:kitten


dog:cat::puppy:kitten


dog:xxx::puppy:kitten


dog:xxx::puppy:kitten


dog:xxx::puppy:cubdog:bear::puppy:cubdog:lion::puppy:cubdog:tiger::puppy:cub


So let’s evaluate

  • Did you have fun?

  • Were you actively engaged?


How much of the fun was the novelty of the Palms and how much was the intellectual engagement of the activity?

So let’s evaluate


How could I as a teacher have engaged a student that wasn’t participating?

So let’s evaluate


What are the advantages to doing analogies this way compared to a traditional worksheet?

So let’s evaluate


What are the disadvantages?

So let’s evaluate


What would have been good student objectives for this activity?

So let’s evaluate


What learning differences could have been accommodated by practicing analogies in this manner?

So let’s evaluate


How can you assess your student’s work when it’s done in this fashion?

So let’s evaluate


What’s happening in the classroom?


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  • http://hi-ce.org/palm

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