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Authoring a Handheld Computer Learning Module for Explorations in Technology Class By: Rodney Clay Committee Dr. Harvey Foyle (Chair) Dr. Armand Seguin Small enough to fit in hand Cost efficient Versatile for classroom Projected that handheld numbers could equal PCs by 2006

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authoring a handheld computer learning module for explorations in technology class

Authoring a Handheld Computer Learning Module for Explorations in Technology Class

By: Rodney Clay

Committee

Dr. Harvey Foyle (Chair)

Dr. Armand Seguin

handheld computers in education
Small enough to fit in hand

Cost efficient

Versatile for classroom

Projected that handheld numbers could equal PCs by 2006

Handheld Computers in Education
problem
Only three handheld computers used at Everest Middle School

No students use handheld computers for education

Only four students have handheld computers

Few students have knowledge about handheld computers

Problem
literature review
What learning modules are already available to teach basic handheld computer applications?

What are disadvantages of having handheld computers in education?

How are handheld computers used in classrooms across the curriculum?

Literature Review
design process addie

Implementation

Analysis

  • Analysis
  • Design

Evaluate

  • Development
  • Implementation

Design

  • Evaluate

Development

Design Process – ADDIE
analysis
Everest Middle School Explorations in Technology Class

Required for all eighth graders

Fifty students

Survey conducted to determine knowledge level and usage

Learning module needed to be created

Analysis
survey results
29 male – 21 female

Four students have access to handheld computers

No students use handheld computers for education

78% would increase computer usage if access was available

Half of the students had little or no knowledge of handheld computers

Survey Results
objectives
Students will score 80% or better on the posttest given at the end of the module.

Students will perform basic handheld operations with 100% efficiency when given a task.

Students will be able to use the correct Palm OS application when give an educational task.

Students will develop an understanding of how a handheld computer can be used in education.

Objectives
design
To match current module format

Written work

Hands on activities

Basic functions of the handheld

Use in education

Palm OS5 software

Third party software

Moodle® as delivery system

Design
development
Research and choose educational software

Set activities

Create step by step instructions

Create pre and post test questions

Develop in Moodle

Create module notebook

Create two PowerPoint® presentations

Development
implementation
October 11, 2005

Students’ first module

Six students (two per class session)

Students completed module

Implementation
evaluation
Students - instructed to make changes in module notebook if needed

Students - completed daily formative evaluation

Students - completed summative evaluation at completion of module

Teacher Observation

Revisions made in module

Evaluation
results
Students gained knowledge about handhelds

Students saw how handhelds could be used for education

Students had fun

Gathered from student formative and summative evaluations, teacher observation and objectives

Results
conclusion
Concern - time to complete all activities

Concern - technical problems

Concern - troubleshooting

Continual research needs to be done

Project met main goal

Conclusion
main goal
The stated main goal of the project was for students to explore the various capabilities and advantages that could be gained by using a handheld in the classroom.Main Goal

The final evaluation showed students overwhelmingly saw advantages of the handheld computer in the classroom and the students would like to have a handheld for their use in their classes.

references
Handheld educator. (2005). Palm. Retrieved September 9, 2005, from http://www.palm.com/us/education/studies/handheld_ed.html

Kasnic, M. (2004). IT 743XG Handheld computers in education, Emporia State University. Retrieved September 9, 2004, from http://blackboard.emporia.edu/webapps/portal/frameset.jsp?tab=courses&url=/bin/common/course.pl?course_id=_1065_1

Schrock, K. (2005). Power in the Palm of Your Hand. Retrieved September 20, 2005, from www.kathyschrock.net/power/

Vincent, T. (2005). Learning in hand. Retrieved September 19, 2005, fromwww.learninginhand.com .

Yuen, S. C., & Yuen, P. K. (2003, April). PDAs as educational power tools.Tech Directions, 62(9), 14-17. Retrieved September 9, 2005 from H.W. Wilson Library database.

References