palmOne Offers Wireless Edu Classroom Deal
Starting today and through Sept. 30, schools that purchase a minimum of 30 Tungsten C wireless handhelds through the palmOne Education Purchase Program will get a free license to use a file distribution and exchange program that could revolutionize workflow in the classroom, palmOne, recently announced.
LearnTracFX from the Readiness Company, formerly known as eLearning Dynamics, is designed to help teachers create a wireless classroom learning environment where they can efficiently conduct routine tasks -- such as distributing and collecting assignments and study materials for an entire class, selected groups, or individual students -- via a wireless network. The high-speed wireless Tungsten C handheld includes integrated 802.11 technology (Wi-Fi) and a built-in keyboard.
"Schools are looking for ways to maximize their investments in wireless classrooms with solutions that increase communication and make it easy to exchange information," said Mike Lorion, vice president of vertical markets for palmOne. "Teachers lose valuable time performing routine tasks, such as passing out assignments and study materials, and collecting homework. LearnTracFX gives it back to them."
With LearnTracFX teachers can exchange a variety of popular file formats, such as Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint, GIF and JPEG images, and Adobe PDF files. The system resides on a teacher's laptop or desktop computer, and materials are sent wirelessly to each student's Tungsten C device, or beamed via infrared technology built into every palmOne handheld. The teacher- controlled program can be managed by student, class, and subject categories. Students can use the program's Instant Message and eHand Raise functions to signal the teacher and ask questions.
The platform eliminates the need for instructors to first convert files to the handheld format and synchronize them with each student device separately. Instead, LearnTracFX enables instructors to wirelessly exchange files with as few as one or as many as 100 student devices almost instantly. The file- exchange solution also provides the instructor with a verifiable record of exactly what files were transferred to whom and when. The IT staff gets the added benefit of installing a new application to all of the devices at the same time with a click of the mouse, instead of spending hours, or even days, updating each device separately.
"LearnTracFX gives teachers more time to focus on actual instruction," said Chase Weir, founder and chairman of the Readiness Company. "This is especially critical in K-12, where schools are striving to meet the stiff accountability requirements of the No Child Left Behind act."
LearnTracFX and LearnTracLIVE, the Readiness Company's advanced and powerful student response solution for Palm Powered(TM) handhelds, also can be purchased separately through the palmOne Store starting this summer.
The palmOne Education Purchase Program gives K-12 schools and universities a way to extend their technology budgets and enable equity among students by offering additional free handhelds for certain levels of purchase. The one- time license from the Readiness Company covers the purchase of 30 or more Tungsten C handhelds, plus the additional free handhelds, and the teacher- controlled LearnTracFX platform.
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