Magazine article Curriculum Administrator

Palms for All

Magazine article Curriculum Administrator

Palms for All

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A suburban Chicago district gives students Palms use them to work together and complete classroom projects

A school district in the southwestern suburbs of Chicago has been transformed this year. That's because the district, SD 230, is the largest district in the country to integrate Palm handheld computers into its curriculum. District 230 bought 3,000 Palm handhelds this year to use at its three high schools.

Educational leaders in this district say they believe this bold move will support their mission to graduate young adults possessing strong personal values, the competence to realize their potential and the ability to become life-long learners in a global society. Palms bring to life this district's desire to provide student-oriented centers of learning.

According to Palm officials, the district project is the largest single deployment of handhelds into a high school curriculum to date. Consolidated High School District 230 serves Orland Park, Tinley Park and suburbs in Palos Township, south of Chicago. When school began this fall, the district distributed the devices to 1,700 of its 7,000 students. Some students bought the Palms but others were able to rent them for a nominal charge. Within a week, most of those students were "seasoned" Palm users.

The introduction of handheld computers in schools may be technology's next step in reshaping the classroom, according to Jim Levin, a professor who teaches education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. "It's kind of the next step beyond desktops and laptops. The portability is a plus; it changes the nature of what you can do," he says. If handhelds become a permanent part of education, it will be as a complement to a desktop computer, he adds. Handhelds still cannot handle many advanced computing functions and a larger computer with a standard monitor is still the best way to use graphics software. …

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