Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs) in Mathematics Teacher Education
Patrick Wachira, Cleveland State University, United States ; Jared Keengwe, Grace Onchwari, University of North Dakota, United States
AACE Review (formerly AACE Journal) Volume 17, Number 2, ISSN 1065-6901 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC USA
Rapid increases in knowledge and technology call for the use of such tools as a personal digital assistant (PDA) to increase the quality of education and student performance. PDAs evolved from personal organizers, but today’s handhelds can be effective tools that help students organize facts and concepts, develop written documents, understand science and math concepts, provide tools that help to empower students with special needs. This article gives an overview of the current use of handheld computers or PDAs in teacher education. Specifically, this article explores the potential of these tools in mathematics teacher education within the framework of mathematics education reform. This article shows that with appropriate software, the PDA can support a variety of effective learning activities that support the goals of reform in mathematics. Further, the authors show that preservice teachers who participated in the sessions with PDAs developed positive attitudes towards their use.
Wachira, P., Keengwe, J. & Onchwari, G. (2009). Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs) in Mathematics Teacher Education. AACE Review (formerly AACE Journal), 17(2), 113-125. Waynesville, NC USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
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