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Handheld, Wireless Computers: Can They Improve Learning and Instruction?

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Computers in the Schools Volume 22, Number 3, ISSN 0738-0569


Reports show that handheld, wireless computers, once used by business professionals to keep track of appointments, contacts, e-mail, and the Internet, have found their way into classrooms and schools across the United States. However, there has not been much systematic research to investigate the effects of these new technology tools on student attitude and learning outcomes, nor has there been much research evidencing that handheld, wireless computers can improve student engagement in the learning process. The purpose of this paper is to use the literature on principles of learning and instruction to develop an action-instructional model for utilization of handheld computers in the classroom. It will explain how such a model was used to integrate handheld, wireless computers in the design and development of classroom instruction and what the evaluation results are. The paper also provides some insights on what was learned from this experiment.


Moallem, M., Kermani, H. & Chen, S.J. (2006). Handheld, Wireless Computers: Can They Improve Learning and Instruction?. Computers in the Schools, 22(3), 93-106. Retrieved September 17, 2019 from .

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