Handheld Devices in Education

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My final project will be focused on the use of handheld devices in the classroom. The use of handheld devices like iPad, iPod Touch, PDA's, and others are starting to work there way in the hands of students and teachers. I will elaborate on why these technologies are making a big push into the education world, what we as teachers can use them for, and how these tools will be able to benefits our students. The idea of handheld devices in the classroom may have seen farfetched 5 to 10 years ago, yet today they may become a staple in the education world with the right application, consistent use of the tools, and teaching students how to use handheld devices properly to maximize benefits in the classroom.


  • To inform teachers on why handheld devices are useful in the classroom
  • To highlight proper applications for handheld devices with students
  • Why the push for handheld devices in the classroom
  • What is the future of handheld devices for education

Educational Blogs and Wikis:

Cathy Anderson's Blog: Cathy Anderson highlights the benefits of using handheld devices in regards to distance education, higher education, and many others integrated areas for handheld devices. Cathy covers topics like educational technology, Web 2.0 tools, Second Life, collaboration, and connectivism for education.

Educational Technology Resources and Tips Blog: Anna Mae Ball takes an in-depth look at how handheld devices like iPods being used for podcasts can impact our students' interactivity within the classroom. She also emphasizes Web 2.0 tools, Wikis, networking, and how our students today stay connected with technology along with the uses for communicative purposes.

UM-Dearborn Ed. Technology Wikispace: The University of Michigan at Dearborn Educational Technology department uses this Wikispace for showing mobile technologies being used in education, educational benefits of mobile technologies, and other online tools for use. Ideas like concept mapping, organizing information, and specific types of mobile devices being used for education are highlighted in this site.

Mobile Learning Wikispace: This Wikispace highlights the idea that, "It is no longer what you remember, but how well you search." With the more frequent use of handheld devices in the classroom, an overview of mobile learning and benefits of this concept are highlighted. Also, pages with future devices, links and resources, and mobile learning and learning theories to get those searching for information on the right track.

Educational Websites:

Teacher Tap: Teacher Tap helps teachers take an in-depth look at specific handheld devices. Teachers can get in touch with learning tools, starting points, and educational applications to get your classroom on the right track. Teacher Tap covers a wide range of ideas catered to the topic of handheld devices with an emphasis on professional development.

Kathy Schrock's Guide for Education: Kathy Schrock outlines help for teachers with all the digital technologies and gadgets that can aid a classroom. Links to devices like digital cameras, iPod Touch, and USB flash drives for students gives concrete information along with helping to move towards gradual use in a k-12 classroom. This websites facilitates support for all walks of education.

Handheld Devices for Ubiquitous Learning: The Harvard Graduate School of Education provides a history of handheld devices to start. The website shows what type of research software has been used and what types of classrooms have gone to handheld devices. Wireless devices and the software used with these handhelds finish out the specific look at the face of handheld devices in education from the past to the present.

Web 2.0 Tools:

Poll Everywhere: Poll Everywhere allows students to answer a poll created by the teacher in Keynote or Powerpoint via text messaging, the web, or Twitter. This can be used to have feedback be provided to the presenter, questions to a panel of teachers or students, and is a great substitute for expensive clickers bought by school districts or administrators.

Hipcast: Hipcast is a website that allows students to post audio clips from your cell phone and turn those files in a podcast. Hipcast also provides tools to record a video blog and upload to the website. Creating a podcast is right at the students or teacher's fingertips along with the ability to publish those files to their blog.

Story Cubes: Story Cubes is a downloadable iPhone or iPod Touch application that makes telling a story much either with the use of image cubes on the screen. Students or teachers can "shake" the iPhone or iPod Touch which will show 9 cubes at a time. The students can create a story from the image, encourage speaking and learning skills, or help them overcome writing troubles.

Cinch: Cinch gives the user the opportunity to share podcasts, images, and text updates with the use of their iPhone or iPod Touch application. Those files can be shared on sites like Facebook, Twitter, their blog, RSS feeds, and other resources compatible with Cinch. Students or teachers using Cinch can connect with others through the files and interact on a continuous basis.

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