Read the Final PEP Report in our findings
See the list of all the PEP awards.
The PEP program has ended, and there will be no future awards.
For answers to other commonly asked questions, please
visit the FAQ.
For ideas on educational uses of Palm Handheld Computers, visit the Idea Bank.
About Palm Education Pioneers
On October 25, 2000, SRI International, a nonprofit research
and development organization, invited teachers in the fifty
United States to apply for a Palm Education Pioneer
(PEP) grant. The grant provides Palm computers for teachers
and their students and evaluates innovative uses of Palm handheld
computers in K-12 classrooms.
To qualify, educators had to develop an innovative plan
to use Palm computers in the classroom. SRI worked with these
educators to evaluate the impact of Palm computers on teaching
and learning. This research will help inform other teachers,
researchers, hardware and software designers, and policymakers
about best practices for using Palm computers in education.
The PEP program offered two rounds, granting Palm computers
to over 100 classrooms across the U.S. In addition, the PEP
program has supported the work of other researchers investigating
handhelds in education with grants of up to 15 classroom sets
to 9 research organizations and school districts that conducted
independent studies on teaching and learning with handheld
For more information, please click on the Background, Grants, and Resources tabs above.