Frequently Asked Questions
What was SRI International's role in the PEP program?
SRI International's Center for Technology in Learning (CTL)
was administering and evaluating the PEP program. World-renowned
for its expertise in designing and evaluating educational
technology, CTL has invited innovative teachers to explore
the use of handhelds in the classroom.
What is Palm, Inc.'s role in the PEP program?
Palm is committed to education excellence and building the
role of technology in education. In order to understand best-of-practice
teaching and learning, Palm is supporting investigations of
technology use in the classroom to assist educators and inform
researchers, developers, and hardware manufacturers.
When will there be another round of grants?
There are no more plans for more grant competitions.
What is the difference between PEP research hubs and PEP
Research hubs are school districts, universities, colleges,
national centers and research institutes with the infrastructure
and planning already in place to help teachers use the Palm
handhelds effectively. Research hubs received from 5 to 15
classroom sets of Palm handhelds and will train and provide
ongoing support to teachers. In addition, the research hubs
will work closely with SRI's PEP evaluation team.
PEP classroom grants allow individual teachers to apply for
a classroom set of Palm Handheld Computers that will be used
in a project.
Was it possible to get money as well as hardware through
the PEP program?
No. The PEP program was limited to hardware grants. Preference
has been given to teachers who already developed existing
ties with research and technology programs, since we understand
the importance of additional support when introducing any
new technology into the classroom.
What is expected of Palm awardees?
Palm awardees are expected to perform self-evaluations and
to report on their project results. Additionally, some awardees
attend workshops where the use of Palm computers in the classroom
What model of Palm computers was granted?
Most grants were Palm
How were awardees chosen?
A panel of experts identified by SRI reviewed all proposals.
Proposal review was based on criteria outlined in the PEP
Application Guidelines document.
What are the start and end dates for the projects?
Round I awardees are conducting their projects sometime during
the period from February 2001 to May 2002. Round II awardees
will conduct their projects during the period June 2001 to
May 2002. We expect most awardees to implement their projects
over the course of two semesters. Round I awardees may implement
their projects for two or three semesters. By implementing
projects over two or three semesters, teachers will have the
opportunity to develop and refine their classroom innovations.
Who was eligible to apply for a Palm grant?
The Palm Education Pioneers program was only open to K-12
teachers in the United States.
Why wasn't my proposal selected?
The response to the PEP program was overwhelming, and we received
over 1,200 proposals. Because we were able to fund only 85
grants, we had to turn away many excellent proposals.
PEP grants were chosen on the basis of feedback from our
reviewers, as well as the desire to have awardees be representative
of the diversity of K-12 education. This included choosing
a diverse set of grade levels, curricular topics, school locations,
and school demographics.
How can I use a Palm if I only have Macs?
The Mac software can be downloaded for free from the Palm
Web site: http://www.palm.com/support/downloads/#macdesktop
The m100 does not come with the cables needed to connect
to Macs, so cables need to be ordered.
How do I re-charge the Palms?
The Palm units can be charged without having to connect them
to the computer you can just plug the cradle into the
wall, place the handheld in the cradle, and it will charge.
Will there be any other training sessions? How else can
I get information?
We do not have any other training sessions planned at this
time and we are not offering any other training/education
opportunities. There are books and web resources that may
be helpful to you; check online or in your local bookstore.
How can I get help with my Palm?
There is support available on the Palm web site: http://www.palm.com/support/
I am a teacher and want to receive training. Is there
a program for that?
Palm has an Education Training Coordinator (PETC) Program
for educational institutions. See http://www.palm.com/education/training
Is there a program for colleges?
Palm offers a Campus Developer Program for high schools and
colleges that teach Palm programming. See http://www.palm.com/education/programs/campus