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Resources,  May 06, 2008

Learning in Hand - Collection of Lesson Plans for Handhelds

This collection of nearly 50 lesson plans for different age groups offers a rich variety of ways to use electronic handheld devices in learning across the curriculum. Educator Tony Vincent has created the Learning in Hand Web site to share resources with teachers who are interested in using handheld devices, such as Pocket PCs, Palm Handhelds and iPods, in innovative ways to enhance learning: putting technology directly in the hands of young people. The lesson plans are straightforward, easy to follow, and standards-based. Educators will find links to free downloadable software on the site that can open doors to a range of possibilities. The site also provides links to additional support for educators, from basic tech support to assistance with implementation...

Design Overview
Handheld computers offer an opportunity for immediacy and mobility outside of the computer lab. Because much of the same software available for PCs works on handhelds, young people can use them to write, draw, journal, investigate, and collaborate. The integrated lesson plans available on the site were created to capitalize on this range of options. Each lesson includes links to the free downloadable software required for the activities. One lesson, to give an example, prompts a team of young investigators to go out on a nature trail and use their handhelds to create a database of the organisms they discover. In another lesson, educators facilitate a process wherein young people write their own story, beam their writing to another student for editing and review, then create story maps or storyboards using a sketch program.

Posted by wrivenburgh on May 06, 2008 | Resources