PDA's in the classroom: A study of cognitive changes in elementary school children
Dennis Beck, University of Florida, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Orlando, Florida, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-58-7 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
PDA's improve motivation, engagement, and learning, while remaining accessible and portable. Handhelds seem to easily adjust to various curricular content and thus integrate well with a variety of curriculum. Handhelds also seem to enable teachers to tailor content based upon up to the minute answers of the student body.The purpose of this research will be to observe a class of fifth grade students in a low SES school as they used their PDA's, and to report on the conditions under which such usage led to higher academic performance and change in metacognitive monitoring. Analyses will be completed using content, narrative, and thematic methods.
Beck, D. (2006). PDA's in the classroom: A study of cognitive changes in elementary school children. In C. Crawford, R. Carlsen, K. McFerrin, J. Price, R. Weber & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2006--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 1451-1452). Orlando, Florida, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).