In the past two decades, pilot programs for infusion of technology into the classroom setting first took the form of small pods of student-shared desktop computers. During the last five years, the model has been modified to provide a one-computer to one-student model (1-to-1) utilizing laptop computers, and, in the past three years, has been expanded to incorporate the wireless protocols for extending the reach of networks and the Internet to all students with a laptop. As technology has advanced, and as the wide range of choices for handheld computer hardware and software has grown, the next tool to significantly impact the teaching and learning process will be the handheld computer. With a lower price, to allow for increased acquisition, and thousands of subject-specific programs to support the instructional process, the handheld will herald the large-scale growth of ubiquitous computing devices in schools.
Recent research studies illustrate the benefits of the use of handheld computers in the classroom. This presentation will include ideas on how creative classroom teachers can utilize the available no- or low-cost software to meet both students