Grants to Study Palm Use in Classrooms

The just announced Palm Education Pioneers program will award grants of Palm handhelds to K-12 teachers and their students, which will let the teachers incorporate Palms into their lessons and give them to every student in their class. More than 100 classrooms nationally will participate in the program.

Palm Inc. will, obviously, provide the hardware and SRI International will conduct a research program to determine best practices and to assist teachers, hardware and software designers, and policy makers in considering the future widespread use of Palm handhelds in the classroom.

Deadlines and Timelines
Two rounds of awards will be made. Proposals for Round I must be submitted by December 1, 2000. You should register your intent to submit a Round I proposal by November 15, 2000. Round I is intended for teachers who have existing ties with research projects or school of education programs, and who already have plans in place for the use of Palm computers in their classroom. Approximately 10 to 15 awards will be granted under this plan. Round I awardees will be announced in January 2001, and hardware will be delivered in February 2001.

The second set of awards is intended for teachers who need more time to determine how they would employ Palm computers in their classroom. Applications for Round II proposals will be accepted in March 2001, and approximately 50 to 80 awards will be made in June 2001. Intention to submit a Round II proposal should be registered by February 15, 2001.

(See the schedule for a detailed timeline.)

For more information, visit the Palm Education Pioneers program site.

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I.M. Anonymous @ 10/25/2000 1:54:46 PM #
This is even more useless than trying to provide a PC into every classroom. Giving kids computers certainly didn't help raise everyone's marks and giving them gameboys errr palm pilots won't help either.

I really don't see what this can give kids that those free agendas that they give out at the beginning of the year can't.

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RE: Useless
I.M. Anonymous @ 10/29/2000 9:11:12 PM #
During my teaching career I was at the forefront of the graphing calculator revolution and I can tell you that technology, when used appropriately in the classroom, can be one of the great motivators and learning tools. Technology for the sake of technology and statistics of numbers of children per device is ridiculous, I agree. However, consider the uses of the Palm, aside from teh standard applications.

School Events: central sync locations can be set up for students to reecive info about school events, raising school spirit in a time when it seems to me to be at an all time low.

Grades/Progress Reports: central sync of current progress reports and communication logs with the parents

Science & Math: With the addition of a few inexpensive peripheral devies like motion detectors and science probes, the Palm is ideal for experiential learning.

Computer Science: new classes in Palm programming to replace or augment the current offerings in C and C++.

Ask a teacher what they think. THey may have even more ideas once you explain the power of the Palm to them.

Just my .02

It could help..Hmm maybe not.

I.M. Anonymous @ 10/26/2000 10:55:48 AM #
I don't know... I think I would of killed to have a device liked the Palm when I was younger and back in high school. Though I do admit I think it could be a big distractor from class and school work, because of all the neat things which can be done, (like beaming notes to each other and playing games), still speaking for my self, I think it would of serverd much more then that and a basic date book to keep track of my assignments. I think I would use muchlike I do not... keeping my life together in one piece and having a centralized place all my notes...(of course with the help of using my folding keyboard :-)


GourryZ @ 10/27/2000 10:25:25 AM #
well.. we had kids kiling over shoe, then pokemon. I would like to applaud this attempt to cause more school violence, after all, survival of the fittest and all that crap.
*roll eyes*
RE: hrm.....
I.M. Anonymous @ 10/27/2000 10:53:47 AM #
Well I guess if you're in high school and your killing over pokemon and stuff.. and can't understand figuratively speaking verses literally speaking, then perhaps you should be applauded for being the school retart instead of shooting anyone..

*rolles eyes back and laughs*



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