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Palm Tungsten and Zire handhelds are continuing to gain momentum in education as thousands of the handheld computers make their way into classrooms and into the hands of students, teachers and administrators, Palm said today.
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When I was in school...

Fammy @ 10/20/2003 12:29:22 PM #
I had to walk both ways, uphill, in the snow.

We had to use "paper" organziers. I had this thing called a "pencil". Teachers used this thing called a "chalkboard".

I really wish I was a student today.

-- Fammy

RE: When I was in school...
hgoldner @ 10/20/2003 3:41:52 PM #
...with no shoes, right?

H.

RE: When I was in school...
ZekeSulastin @ 10/20/2003 6:24:19 PM #
I wish my district had that kind of money ...

However nice the program is, it also teaches students another lesson - that everything will be handed to them on a silver platter. I had to work to get my tech junk ... and they get given it?

RE: When I was in school...
Tungstenman @ 10/21/2003 6:07:57 AM #
I don't think that they are giving the handhelds to the students, they may only be letting them se them for the year, than they have to return them like textbooks. But it will be a long time before ill be able to bring my handheld in to school.

A Palm in one hand is worth 2 PocketPCs
: )
-Steve B.
RE: When I was in school...
Strider_mt2k @ 10/21/2003 7:21:23 AM #
We had coal-fired TRS-80s.

We had one room in the school to store both floppy disks, they were that big.
:D

Prior to that it was "dumb terminal-ing" at 300baud into was was then West Chester State College to play Star Trek, or Space War, or whatever it was called.

The early technological encouragement I received in school made a huge difference in my life.

I envy the kids who are fortunate enough to be living the future right now. It's only gonna get cooler!
:)


RE: When I was in school...
Fammy @ 10/21/2003 11:46:07 AM #
"We had coal-fired TRS-80s."

I wrote my first program on a TRS-80. Ah, the good ol' days.

-- Fammy

I do use it at classes...

shriek7 @ 10/20/2003 1:55:56 PM #
...for taking notes using docs to go, but what I really wanted was an app that could read repligo and/or pdf (or any other compact format) and let me add notes to a page or slide.

Anyone knows something that can do it? perhaps someone could make it happen. :)

RE: I do use it at classes...
euan_rideout @ 10/20/2003 2:06:22 PM #
Hi,
Normally the recent Documents To Go can provide PowerPoint on your handheld but you can also download Acrobat Reader. You can download this from www.download.com but here is a link that will take straight to the Acrobat Reader program: http://download.com.com/3000-2355-10129183.html?tag=lst-0-1

Enjoy!

RE: I do use it at classes...
shriek7 @ 10/20/2003 2:11:33 PM #
You didn't understand what I meant. I need an app that READS pdf (or repligo or any other similar format) and that lets me add notes WHILE reading those files like comments to some image.

I know docs to go let me view ppt files and add notes to it but ppt files are huge compared to pdf or repligo. Also my teacher's files are always in pdf format (even when they use powerpoint to create them) and I don't know any way to convert pdf to ppt.

RE: I do use it at classes...
anjrober1 @ 10/20/2003 5:49:56 PM #
the term for this is annotations. you want to annotate a current form of text. mobipocket (nice book reader) lets you do this. You might search around to see if their is a PDF convertor that will convert to a mobi format or a format mobi reads.

lucky 6th graders...

ComputerBob @ 10/20/2003 5:48:57 PM #
i just got my T3 on the 2nd and im only a freshmen in highschool. my mom thinks im crasy to spend that much on it. even the sales man in CC thought i was crazy (altho i was surprised to see a person who even knew what a a PDA was, but thats cuz bestbuy ppl are dum teens) but no i see that im not crazy... HA! thoes 6th graders are soo lucky...
RE: lucky 6th graders...
Torael_7 @ 10/20/2003 6:32:35 PM #
No kidding. Lucky lil' brats. :) I'm a senior in high school, and just purchased a T3 of my own...except my mom heartily approved, thank you very much, figured I might use *it* for organization more than I do my paper planner, and with ADD I need all the help I can get. ;D

Still...kids these days. Yeesh...

RE: lucky 6th graders...
Palmary @ 10/20/2003 9:53:34 PM #
Dear ComputerBob,
Congratulations on your T3. It's a fine choice and I certainly don't think that you're crazy. However, at the risk of sounding prissy, might I suggest you also invest in a dictionary for your Palm?
:-)

RE: lucky 6th graders...
Palmary @ 10/20/2003 9:58:40 PM #
Oops, shame on me. I shouldn't read PIC while also trying to work. I realise you were being amusing and I was an idiot. Sorry.

RE: lucky 6th graders...
helf @ 10/21/2003 10:51:24 AM #
That is so wrong. I've had to work oddjobs to get the money for my computer crud.. :)

Oh well. Least I can feel like I earned my stuff :D


free game for small kids

jonecool @ 10/21/2003 9:06:47 AM #
I've used a free program called 'MakeFaces' from http://www.wagware.com for my 4 year old daughter. It's a fun game for small children.

RE: free game for small kids
helf @ 10/21/2003 10:50:20 AM #
And this has something to do with this article.. how?

RE: free game for small kids
jonecool @ 10/21/2003 11:00:10 AM #
Use of a Palm as an Educational aide for small kids. I have a friend who is a school teacher who uses it in their classroom to get children used to using a palm. I use the program also for my 4 year old and she has learned how to use it very quickly. Sorry, I should have mentioned that first I guess :)
RE: free game for small kids
helf @ 10/21/2003 11:03:51 AM #
ooh.. ok then :)

They had to highlight the bad building quality!

T.W.G @ 10/21/2003 10:20:24 AM #
Hi there,

think I'm not the only one.
The building quality of the actual TT2 or TT3 is a crap and differ much from unit to unit as I actually know. My review-unit had a much better quality than my currently owned device.
Can live with that but if you look at Sonys quality Palm has NO chance.


Greetings from Germany


Thomas

T.W.G www.twgmusic.de

Palm Powered Handheld Reviews from T.W.G at: www.pdaforum.de

RE: They had to highlight the bad building quality!
The Ugly Truth @ 10/22/2003 3:17:47 AM #
The building quality of the actual TT2 or TT3 is a crap and differ much from unit to unit as I actually know. My review-unit had a much better quality than my currently owned device.
Can live with that but if you look at Sonys quality Palm has NO chance.

That's not a very nice thing to say. But I guess that's what happens when you contract production out to the lowest bidder. It would be nice to instead see Sony building Palm's designs. Soon.

Sometimes the truth just isn't pretty™

802.11 costs?

dchev @ 10/21/2003 11:30:28 AM #
Anyone know how much it costs per classroom for 802.11 infrastructure installation?

What kind of access point hardware is typically used?

If access points are shared between classrooms, what is the performance like for 40+ or 60+ user trying to take tests?

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