Palm Project

I’ve been involved in a handheld computer project in our school division. It’s been exciting and interesting to observe this. The best part for me is that the teachers recognize the evolution that needs to take place. The realize that early success centers around efficiency and organization, what Alan November calls automating. They understand the real learning comes from informating.

There is a fundamental shift of control with informating. Relationships change, schedules change, the use of space changes, and, most importantly, responsibility shifts to the person who is closest to solving the problem….Automating reinforces the current relationship of control. Informating leads to empowerment. (xxi, Empowering Students with Technology, Alan November, 2001)

These teachers recognize, they are there, but they want to be. The handhelds are simply one tool that can lead them. The work of folks like Tony Vincent have proven that there is the potential of these tiny devices to support a shift in learning.

Have a look:

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Handhelds in the Classroom…Action Research Project

This post was last updated on November 26th, 2009 at 08:34 am

I'm going to leading a project on using HandHelds in the classroom. It's a project grant I helped a grade 8 teacher apply for almost a year ago. It was just approved last week. The project is going to be highly experimental and certainly based on the action research model. We'll be relying on the work of various educators and case studies that will guide the project. It's likely that we will not have internet access with the handhelds. I'm wondering about the power of these tools without having access to the internet, especially in the light of this article via Mark Wagner. I watched this video and see other classrooms using it without access. 

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