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Handhelds Go to Class - New short film and story!


In one of the largest school implementations to date, District 230 in the Chicago suburb of Orland Park equipped its three high schools with 2,200 handheld computers in the fall of 2000. Interested teachers were given classroom sets or students could buy or lease the handheld computers. According to English, biology, and social studies teachers in the district, use of the handhelds has increased student productivity and efficiency across all disciplines. In just one example, Laura Ritchey had her biology students use the handhelds to create an "ecological footprint," a measurement of the human impact on nature. Sidestepping the tradition of handing out paper assignments, Ritchey "beamed" the assignments to her students' handheld computers via an infrared ray. The students then used their handhelds to collect field data and instantly input the data into the school computer for further analysis.

  • Cataloged: 2002-05-12
  • Contributor: mailto:[email protected]
  • Author/Creator: Curtis, Diane
  • Publisher: The George Lucas Educational Foundation
  • Rights: The George Lucas Educational Foundation
  • Source: The George Lucas Educational Foundation
  • Resource Availability: 200 OK

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