Learn Everywhere, Learn Everything
Okay, maybe you won't learn everything, and maybe not everywhere. Though, the Ultra Mobile Personal Computer (UMPC) looks very cool and may be something for schools to look into as a 1:1 computing solution. Think about the possible implications of learning on students with this puppy. That may be awhile, but I can't be the only one thinking this right now. In the meantime, teachers savvy with integrating technology quickly should take the UMPC through it's paces. It was unveilled at Cebit technology fair Thursday.
Are your students still lugging around huge, stuffed backpacks? The 40GB drive has enough storage for a library of texts, student work, and audio/video files. If and when textbook companies offer subscription services students could be able to access their texts anytime, anywhere. At school, students could synchronize within the school network access, share and backup data.
Students should take to it quite well, especially if they are the gaming type. Because the screen is a touch screen there is a unique DialKeys feature that requires a thumbing action similar to that of gamers. Here is how the Origami Project Team Blog describes DialKeys:
While I love my handheld(s), I can see a future in devices like the UMPC. Some of the most common complaints of current handheld devices is the small screen. The UMPC's 7-inch screen provides a much better workplace for students than the 2 inch screens of some handhelds.