Emerging from the Hand

Here at the Mid-Atlantic Handheld Conference with about 200 other handheld profiecient (or soon-to-be proficient teachers. Sounds like some have traveled from all over the Atlantic coast. There was also a core group of teachers from Texas. I am moblogging from a pre-conference session about “Emerging Technologies & Handheld Devices + Beam Party” given by Todd Fishburn a technology integration specialist from Seaford, DE.

Todd began by reiterating that it’s not about the tool it’s about what we are doing with them and the research behind how students today are learning.

We remember:

  • 10% of what we read
  • 20% of what we hear
  • 30% of what we see
  • 50% of what we see & hear
  • 70% of what we discuss with others
  • 80% of what we experience personally and think critically about
  • 95% of what we teach someone else

Research Studies:

Web Tools
There is a wiki space created to begin collaborating on the use of handhelds in education. The Mid-Atlantic Handheld Conference 2006 Wiki Space can be found here: http://mahc.wikispaces.com. A discussion on using wikis on a handheld is possible but the inconvenience of Internet accessibility as well as speed is an issue. A neat resource that is handheld friendly is http://wapipedia.org. The conversation quickly switched to social networking sites like MySpace.com and the like. Using a video content (i.e. – United Streaming) teachers can differentiated instruction for students by allowing them to access and view videos on a handheld device stored on a SD card. This is a great tool to use to provide learners with prior knowledge

e-Books are a very exciting tool for teachers and there are many sites to access e-books for readers. Check out these links for free e-books:

Yikes! There are so many web tools being presented in this session it’s tough to keep up, so I won’t try. But you can access these at the MAHC Conference Wiki or conference website.

We had a “Beam Party” which was a great idea for getting the group to move around and be mobile learners! It was great connecting with others, sharing applications as well as learning what others are doing with handhelds in the classroom.

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