Study Shows Palms Very Useful in Classrooms
Palm has released the results on a study on the use handhelds in K-12 classrooms. As part of its Palm Education Pioneer (PEP) program, the company donated enough handhelds to equip 175 classrooms in the U.S. to study how effective handhelds can be as teaching aids and to find the best ways to use them.
The teachers involved were very positive about the experience. As part of the evaluation, 96% agreed or strongly agreed that handhelds "are an effective instructional tool for teachers." Almost 75% of them said that handhelds "are more easily used in the flow of classroom activity than desktop computers."
Overall, the PEP teachers reported that using handhelds in the classroom made new teaching and learning activities possible, and made existing activities easier. They found the handhelds benefited their classrooms in numerous areas, including facilitating outdoor inquiry learning activities, classroom management, promoting student collaboration and interaction, and improving students' organizational skills. The handhelds also had a positive motivational effect on the students.
However, the handhelds weren't an unmixed blessing. Teachers complained that some of the students found the handhelds difficult to use, there were some problems learning Graffiti, and there is the potential for the loss or theft of the handheld. These problems are being studied.
"The responses strongly indicate that teachers view handheld computers as a positive addition to their classrooms," said Mike Lorion, vice president of education at Palm, Inc. "As expected, the grants have given us great insight into how handheld computers affect teaching and learning. The research provides us with invaluable feedback that will help Palm and its developers create the right solutions for education. We expect these first findings to foreshadow the broader year-end results to be released later this summer."
Palm released these results at the Florida Educational Technology Conference. This study isn't over; it will continue through the end of the school year.
It should be pointed out that the teachers involved in this study were volunteers, so they weren't completely unbiased.
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