Sunday, February 10, 2002

Handhelds in the Classroom/handheld coming out next month (a mix of laptop and handheld)

Cheryl Litt from Bloomfield Hills Schools in Michigan writes:
"I am a media specialist in a public middle school
and I am interested in this forum because we are going to be piloting the
use of handhelds this year with our sixth grade students. The devices
will be used as electronic looseleafs and students will be able to compose word
documents, create spreadsheets, print, etc. with their handhelds. I
was wondering if any of your other subscribers are involved in the use of handhelds in this way and
what advice they could offer

I know that Palm is supporting a number of educational initiatives which they have posted on their
web site, but if anyone else knows of any, you are welcome to post here or send them to me and I will post them.

The new Quick Pad Pro is due out next month. It is 1.5 pounds, 1.5 inches
thick and the size of a sheet of paper. It is a cross between a handheld and a laptop. It has a full size keyboard
which is part of it instead of an attachment, a larger screen than a typical handheld, has expandable memory,
MS Word compatible word processor, Excel compatible spreadsheet, mail program, calculator and personal
organizer all for $329. With four AA batteries, you are supposed to have up to 100 hours of power and it
can be synched to a pc or a mac. Sounds too good to be true, but has anyone tried it?

If you wish to get these postings without coming to the website, subscribe to the yahoogroup Handheld Librarians.
You can subscribe right from the page or you can send a message to me and I will add you. Thanks!

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