Palm Zire72 in classrooms too

A private school outside Chicago (Downers Grove) has placed a Palm Zire 72 handheld and wireless keyboard into the hands of every student grades 4 – 8th along with every teacher.

“The pilot program gave us a chance to discover the possibilities that handhelds bring to teaching, learning and other aspects of school life,” said Joe Janojak, technology director at Avery Coonley.


iPod in the classroom

Wired online has this article about faculty bringing the iPod into the classroom as a resource for students. This follows the success of the Duke University iPod initiative that gave an unit to each incoming freshman this past fall semester.
As a result Duke faculty began delivering audio resources via a “podcast” enabling students to listen to lectures and presentations after the fact, at their leisure.

As podcasting continues to grow the implications for education are two fold: embrace it and begin your own podcasts (where you can control your content) or students will continue recording lectures without your knowledge and podcast them anyway.
I have listened to podcasts of students who record lectures and place them on-line.

The ability to share resources is just a part of today’s student profile along with IM and cellphone text messaging. When I was in school students would audiotape lectures as well — nothing new — other than the digital tools and the internet to share lectures on-line.

Duke’s own faculty have provided select lectures on the Apple iTunes music store (for free) and this can only help share educational resources around the globe to further education.

Wired Website

Duke Website