Handhelds and Word Processing Machines
Handhelds and word processing machines are being used more frequently
in classrooms. Research is juts getting started on the use of handhelds
in the classroom. There is great potential for these mobile machines
for keeping students organized, keeping resources on hand, and for
cooperative learning. Some questions being asked by educators include:
Is that screen size a potential danger for young eyes already required
to work so hard? What is the logistics for keeping batteries charged
and keeping all the pieces and parts on hand?
There are a variety of handheld systems. Some run on the Palm Operating
System (OS). Others are mini-computers and run a handheld version
of the Microsoft Operating System (OS) called Microsoft CE. The
battery life, amount of memory, expandibility, kinds of programs
that will run vary. Many now can be set up to wirelessly connect
to your school network. They all can connect to a computer to transfer
information back and forth. It is best to read some reviews of these
devices to learn more about what they can do. Find the one that
best meets your needs.
Handhelds that use Palm OS
Palm - http://www.palm.com
There are a variety of Palm devices.
Handspring, Treo - http://www.handspring.com
The Treo is a handheld using the Palm OS and a phone in one device.
Dana - http://www.alphasmart.com
The Dana lis a cross between the Alphasmart and Palm. The body style
is that of an Alphasmart with a larger screen size and it uses the
Palm OS. This device is very durable. It is great for younger students
elementary age through middle school. It is a great device for students
who may be mainstreamed and need a cross between a notetaking/word
processing machine and a Palm device.
Handheld Computer Systems that use Windows CE OS
Word Processing kinds of machines
Alphasmart - http://www.alphasmart.com
The Alphasmart is a very durable word processing machine. It has
the capability of saving eight documents at a time. It can be connected
to a computer or printer. Files can be sent to the Alphasmart from
the computer and vis versa. It can be used as a note-taking device
and is a great tool to send home with students to do writing at
Alphasmarts do have a Spell-Checking capability. The advanced
features can be turned off if the device is used during testing
and this is required. There are Applets that can be added to give
it more advanced functionality. There is a Co:Writer applet that
gives it they ability to offer Word Prediction and and Inspiration
Links to software sites and educational handheld resources.
K12 Handhelds - http://www.k12handhelds.com
other educational handheld sites and software sites