Saturday, February 24, 2007

Food for Thought...

If you're reading this blog, you are probably using handhelds with your students. If so, you may have fallen into just using them in the same old way day after day. Why not try (or at least think about) something new? Below are four articles that highlight the use of handhelds.
If you have a favorite article about ways to use handhelds, be sure to include a link to it along with your comment.


Dr. G said...

Wonderful idea to motivate students to learn. Just need some funding to buy the numerous products. There are temp probes that are inexpensive, but to work with palms may be pricy

Terri said...

Reading, Writing and Podcasting: This article was a summary of ways to implement the writing process using handheld computers. We liked the idea of publishing student's work using podcasts and bringing together many modalities for learning. Software such as Go Know's FreeWrite and Audacitiy sound great, but we need more information. We would also like to know more about Sketchy for producing video podcasting. Also, more information on the M Class Assessment software for reading. Tic Toc has provided a foundation for writing using handhelds. We're now ready for more knowledge in publication possibilities.

Ms. Nikola and Ms. Pier said...

Thoughts from Maureen, Diane P., Daisy, Ev, Rachel, and Deb

Regarding Education in Hand: Palm Handhelds Touch Students with Autism.

Notetaking from the child that never took notes asking permission to use Palm to take notes in another class, despite her history in being shy and reluctant to taking notes in other situations caused an exclamation.
The group discussed the use of this with autistic students and how this would be a good organizational tool for them. We discussed the fact that the Palm would need to be "theirs" for the school year.

Downside would be that there may be a frustration level when they can't use the technology during a particular lesson. This may cause more problems with behavior.
Sometimes they obsess over the technolgy rather than the lesson

DeSmetMath said...

We read The Handheld Computer as Field Guide and were particularly interested in the BugMe software application. This is a great software for using in the field.