Wichita Schools Standardize on the Palm TX
Wichita Public Schools is standardizing on the wireless Palm TX handheld computer for its seventh-grade technology program, Palm announced today. The school district purchased nearly 730 Palm TX handhelds as part of a major renovation of its technology curriculum for middle schools.
These Palm TX handhelds join thousands of other Palm handhelds in use by students, teachers and administrators throughout the school district. The Palm TX features built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth technologies for wireless communications.
"The Palm TX is a super learning tool," says Eldon L. Chlumsky, coordinator of technology education for Wichita Public Schools. "We are very excited about the wireless capabilities. Now students can access information and communicate from anywhere in the building and on field trips."
The district will begin implementing the handhelds into the seventh-grade technology curriculum next year. The handhelds will be used in the district's 14 middle schools and two alternative schools.
Instructional Technology Specialist Jim Clark says, "Handhelds can facilitate new learning experiences. We have used them successfully at the elementary school level and found that students are more productive. They want to get their hands on the devices the minute they enter the building. At the middle school level, we expect some students to become in-house experts. These student technology leaders can help drive instruction, aid learning and even help teachers try new things."
Sixth-graders start with a nine-week course learning graphic and presentation technologies, keyboarding and software methodology. Students do research, create multimedia presentations and use technology tools, such as Palm handhelds, to present their projects.
Seventh-grade students learn the functionality of the handhelds, get comfortable with web searches, and learn software applications for math, data collection, quizzes, eBooks and animation.
Eighth-graders will use the Palm handhelds and other technologies during "Robotics and Communications Technologies," an 18-week program that introduces students to video production and the use of applied technology in a model world. The curriculum covers ethics and safety, computer-aided drafting, and introduction to electronics, and provides an overview of energy and power, flight and aeronautics, construction, and ground transportation.
In addition to the middle schools, 100 district site technology specialists each received a Palm TX. These specialists offer on-site technology support, train staff and keep track of inventory. With the Palm TX, they now communicate wirelessly over the entire district.
Schools can take advantage of the Palm Education Purchase Program.
Source: Palm Inc PR
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