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« on: February 25, 2006, 05:27:01 PM »

Just to say 'Hi' and 'Welcome'. Graham has kindly let us have an area to focus discussion on teachers' (in schools, colleges and universities) use of handhelds in their teaching.

I'm Jocelyn, I work in Education at the University of Bristol and I have been trialling the use of handhelds with teacher trainees. More info is at http://www.bris.ac.uk/education/research/sites/pda


Please tell us a bit about yourself.
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« Reply #1 on: February 27, 2006, 09:33:31 PM »

Hi Jocelyn and other users
I am Richard Vickery and I work at Liverpool John Moores University teaching secondary ICT trainees.  I have been running a PDA project with the trainees for a year now with the aim of developing an e-learning community so that they can keep in touch with each other and the tutors whilst on placement.
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« Reply #2 on: March 02, 2006, 11:14:14 AM »

Hello Jocelyn
I met you at the ASE conference and am the guy who works for widlkey (using handhelds to identify and record wildlife)...we have been accredited by Becta so I feel that we are one of the first 'out there' with educational software that uses the functionality of handhelds.  Are you aware of any stats on school uptake of handheld devices as I can't find any?
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« Reply #3 on: March 06, 2006, 11:39:52 AM »

Hi All

I am currently running a Pockjet PC program at All Hallows' School, Brisbane. You can follow our progress by visiting our website;

http://www.learningplace.com.au/ea/lhnim

There are two sections to the project one in the Business area and the second in middle school mathematics.

Regards

John
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« Reply #4 on: March 09, 2006, 04:08:43 PM »

Hi Neil,

It's not in the public domain yet but people are working on a report of PDA use in schools for Nesta futurelab.

There is a school in Thurrock - Chafford Hundred Campus - where  all of Year 7 have PDAs, and in Wolverhamption there are 2 or 3 secondary schools and quite a few primary schools in the Learning 2 Go project with PDAs. Other initiatives are coming on line but, I don't know of any stats.

Maybe Graham can help?
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« Reply #5 on: March 13, 2006, 06:26:09 PM »

Hi,
 
I am a Year 4 teacher in North West London. Ultimately, I'd love to use PDAs in the classroom, but for the meantime I'm making do with using my mobile and MP3 player!
I thought you might like to have a look. Here is a page from an ActivStudio (Promethean board) flipchart. I have re-inserted the sounds so you can hear, although in the real thing they are embedded in the words and move with them.
 
Context: 30 Year 4 pupils, 10 EAL, 5 SEN
Subject: Geography Unit 24, Passport to the World (Europe)
 
Lesson 1: In the introduction, I passed arounf the MP3 player and children said the name of a country they knew (circle time routine). NB This needed some prompting and refining of the term 'country'. Additional resources: postcards the children had sent during last summer.
 
Lesson 5: This slide shows a quick intro, a recall activity to remind children of learning in Lessons 2,3,4. Volunteers drag the word to the right place on the map using the pen. When the class agree the word is in the right place, they click the word to hear a classmate saying the name of the country.
 
I think the benefits are:
-EAL- linking word and sound
-assessment of prior knowledge
-linking to own experience
-recalling previous lessons
-motivating
 
Please let me know what you think, would be great to see other ideas....
Thanks,
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« Reply #6 on: March 19, 2006, 01:50:56 AM »

I'm a pre-service teacher in the states and and a handheld fan.  I'm switching careers to do what I allowed my parents to talk me out of when I was 18.

Here is my blogsite which I started at the beginning of the year.

http://dalesmediaexperiments.blogspot.com/
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« Reply #7 on: June 20, 2006, 04:52:28 PM »

Hello, I teach Science to secondary students in Hampshire - I used to teach in Kent, at a school called Cornwallis.  The whole of year 7 had tablets and I miss that sometimes!
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« Reply #8 on: June 20, 2006, 06:54:24 PM »

Hi Gerry,

Great to see you on the site...

I am sure that the other forum members would benefit from your insights into using Tablet PC's at your previous school..... I know I did?

Did you ever write any of it up "Officially"

Keep in touch

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« Reply #9 on: June 21, 2006, 03:07:18 PM »

No, I just spoke to loads of people from Becta/Microsoft/the Dfes - I am doing an MA at the moment and still loving Tablets so it may all get written properly one day.  I prefer speaking to people!  Anyway, it's good to read everything on here, gives me more inspiration  Smiley
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« Reply #10 on: June 24, 2006, 12:35:21 PM »

Hi I'm Mo Oliver and Headteacher of a Primary school in Essex where we recently introduced our year 4 (8 year olds) to PDAs.
  We are running a pilot for the Authority and have visited Dave  in Wolverhampton and received training from Graham of HH. The children are beaming chapters of stories they have written to share with each other and collaborate in their learning, they planned and are now compiling reports of life as a year 4 child in our school to present on a cd to the current year 3 class and are using excel to record science findings when carrying out investigations around the school plus of course jawbreaker.....allthis and they have had them for barely a week! We are having to purchase bigger SD cards to enable us to load "2Big Bus"  and "Espresso".
 I was very excited to hear that in September we will be receiving the software to allow the children to vote and enter class discussions anonymously...can you tell I am not a techie but passionate about  learning so passionate that last week the school IT coordinator and I ended up in Canvey Island whilst searching out the i-lab at Hassenbrook school and I dragged my staff and governors to the i-lab at Essex University for a session this week...where is the funding for Primary schools buildings for the future or do we think that with handhelds we wont need new buildings?
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