Different Electronic Devices

Brandon Kelley

The New Age of Handheld Devices

It is hard to imagine that fewer than ten years ago, the Palm Pilot was hailed as the future of handheld devices for schools. PDAs, or Personal Data Assistants such as PocketPC, opened up a new world for teachers, email, grade books, and attendance logs now fit in their pockets and were accessible at any time. Today, handheld devices can do nearly anything a PC can do, and they are experiencing a resurgence in the classroom.

Educational Challenges

Technology gaps — While many students will be fluent in the technology you decide

to use, it is important to remember that there will be members of your class that don’t

have as much access at home.

Theft/loss — While ownership is a big plus, the size and portability of MLDs means that

they can be easily pocketed and carried off.

Cheating — Many schools have begun to prohibit cell phones on campus, not only

because of the distraction they caused but also the likelihood of cheating.

Different Devices

Benefits and Challenges

Computers Can be Very Beneficial

Accessibility — Mobile learning devices (MLD) meet students where they are in the rest of their lives.

Cost — Depending on the device, MLDs can range in price from as little as fifty dollars

to up to fifteen hundred dollars for a set of RFS.

Mobility — Most computer are mobile.