Supporting the Transition to Junior High School
St. Vincent Ferrer, Cincinnati, OH
6th grade students, language, math, and productivity.
Research Partner: University of Cincinnati
Palms are used to support students, including special
needs students, as they transition from elementary school
to Junior High School. This transition requires that students
increase responsibility for their own learning and manage
their own time and assignments. Palms will be used for student
self-management, as well as to aid students in science and
The Effect of a Self-Monitoring Device on the Acquisition
of Social Skills
Kennedy Krieger High School, Baltimore, MD
High School Students, special needs students.
Research Partner: Johns Hopkins University
This program will use Palm handhelds to help students with
Severe Emotional Disorder improve their work place social
skills. Fifteen students in a secondary program for students
with Severe Emotional Disorder will be selected, and these
students will be trained to use handheld computers to monitor
social skills relevant to the employment setting to which
the student was assigned.
Extending the Support Network for Special Education Students and Teachers
Hommocks Middle School, Larchmont, NY
Middle School special education students.
Research Partners: Center for Children and Technology, Wireless
Palm handhelds will help provide special education
students with the support they need to master their organizational
and academic objectives. The Palm's built-in organizational
features will be supplemented by intelligent scaffolding tools
and checklists, so that students can focus on their learning
the curriculum instead of being stymied by logistics. Assessment
tools and reference systems for teachers will help them to
keep track of how students are performing, and make on-the-fly
notes about useful teaching strategies so they can adjust
more easily to their students needs.
The Lamphere Schools, Madison Heights, MI
Fifth grade students, art, science, and creative writing.
Research Partner: Madison Heights Nature Center
Ripple Project is a multi-disciplinary grant proposal
that brings together art, science and creative writing using
the cutting edge technology of the Palm. Students will use
the Palm as a canvas to draw trees and leaves that they see
outdoors. They will bring these to a nature center, where
they will learn more about the specific trees, and will be
able to have a naturalist beam them relevant information.
The sketches will then be used to create ceramic artwork that
will be put on display at the school.
Mountain Brook Elementary School, Birmingham, AL
Primary Grades, Language Arts, Social Studies, and Math
Super Sleuths is a pilot program that incorporates handheld
technology in a comprehensive interdisciplinary unit developed
around a detective theme. Students will compare, contrast,
and classify characteristics of their fingerprints by analyzing
the patterns of arches, loops, and whorls, creating a class
graph from the results.
Thomas Jefferson Elementary, Anaheim, CA
Primary Grades, Language Arts, Social Studies, Math, and Science
Parents will use palm handheld computers for parent-teacher-school
communication. The classroom teacher will send home daily
behavior notices, for parent review via handheld computers.
Since many of the parents do not have phones in their homes
(Thomas Jefferson is located in an economically challenged
neighborhood), communication via the handheld computers
could be vital to parent involvement.
Palm Handheld and The Adventures of Jasper Woodbury
Hattie Cotton Elementary School, Nashville, TN
Primary Grades, Social Studies and Math
The Adventures of Jasper Woodbury is a CD-based, problem-solving
series developed at Vanderbilt University. The Jasper episodes,
Bridging the Gap and The Big Splash, will be used to teach
students about business planning and statistical concepts
and methods. When solving Jasper and again when developing
their own business plans, students will use the Palm handheld
computers to help them with various problem solving tasks.
Palm People Practicum
Duniway Elementary School, Portland, OR
Primary Grades, Language Arts, Social Studies, Math, and Science
The first goal is to use Palm handheld technology to accelerate
the morning routine in order to increase instructional time
and provide multiple skills-leveled assignments that will
in turn, facilitate an increase in the percentage of students
meeting the Third Grade Benchmarks. The second goal of this
project is to increase study and organizational skills of
students so that a higher percentage of assignments will
be completed and turned in on time.
A Bird In My Handheld
Cory Elementary School, Romulus, MI
Primary Grades, Language Arts, Math, Science, and Technology
This project will address the loss of the habitat of local
bluebirds. Second grade students will work with the Huron-Clinton
Metroparks to maintain areas for birds to begin to settle.
Students will build bluebird nestboxes, monitor their new
homes, organize and interpret data and graph the results.
The Palm handheld computers will assist students in collecting
data to create tables and graphs.
Cybertracking in the Suburbs
Pattengill Elementary School, Berkley, MI
Primary Grades, Math and Science
The purpose of this project is to provide a real-life opportunity
for the students to gather data, create tables and graphs,
and to analyze their collected information on local wildlife.
The Palm handhelds will provide the students with the field
tool they need to record their animal sightings and tracks,
take notes on climate and habitat in their electronic journals,
as well as record geographic locations on site.
Teaching and Encouraging Responsible Behavior: Monitoring
Student Success With the Palm Computer
OASIS School, Florence, KS
Primary, Intermediate Grades, Language Arts, Social Studies,
Math, and Science
OASIS School (Opportunity, Achievement, and Survival In
Society) is a public school operated by the Marion County
Special Education Cooperative. Currently, the system of
behavior recording has involved making frequent entries
on paper sheets that students carry around with them at
all times during the school day. A Palm handheld computer
can make the documentation task easier, more effective,
and ultimately more successful for the student.
Utilizing Palm Handhelds to Inform Instruction and Improve
Orono Middle School, Orono
Intermediate Grades, Language Arts, Social Studies, Math,
On a weekly basis, each grade level team meets with the
technology coordinator for professional development in technology.
This will provide the ongoing time and training teachers
want for learning to using Palm handheld computers. This
project has two professional strands; classroom data management
and integration of technology into the curriculum and two
student strands; personal organizer and utilization of technology
to improve learning.
Integrating Technology Into Culture
Cherokee Central Schools, Cherokee, NC
Intermediate, High School, Language Arts, Social Studies,
Math, and Science
The Palm handheld computers will be used to take notes
from Cherokee language lessons, and to write scripts and
ideas for the lessons. They will also be used in class to
write conversational Cherokee language specific to the grade
level and curriculum needs.
G.E.T. S.M.A.R.T. (Gender Equity Team Science, Math And
Green Middle School, Green, OH
Intermediate Grades, Language Arts, Social Studies, Math,
Science, and Technology
The purpose of this project is to design and evaluate a
gender equitable middle school science, math, engineering
and technology curriculum which meets the Ohio Model Competencies
through the use of handheld computers.
Go With The Flow: Rivers, Tides and Temperature
Whale Branch Middle School, Seabrook, SC
Intermediate Grades, Math and Science
The Whale Branch Coastal Living Program is a team consisting
of a team of language arts, social studies, mathematics,
and science teachers who will design a standards-based curriculum
to study the coastal habitats, the efficient use of natural
resources and the preservation of the environment. Students
will research and collect data on their Palm handheld computers
at the Whale Branch River and the surrounding coastal/marsh
We Have the Whole World in the PALM of Our Hand
Frankford Middle School, Dallas, TX
Intermediate Grades, Language Arts, Social Studies, Math,
The project seeks to use Palm handheld computers to problem
solve, master curriculum objectives and to create a climate
within Frankford where students can further their academic
success through the use of Palm handheld computers. Ultimately,
students will look to discover ways that the teachers had
not anticipated for using their handheld computers in all
of their classes.
P.A.L.M. IMPACT: Improving Performance, Accountability,
Life-Skills & Motivation of Students & Teachers
NFA@Stewart, New Windsor, NY
High School, Language Arts, Social Studies, Math, and Science
Rather than focusing on one specific project involving
Palm handheld computers, this study seeks to conduct a broader,
social-based project exploring the possible impact on breaking
the cycle of student apathy. By having a personal Palm handheld
computer, the issue of accessibility is addressed. It will
provide students with the ultimate 1:1 technology ratio.
It also provides "pride in ownership" which should
help foster responsibility. It will also help level the
playing field for those who do not have access to a computer
outside of school.
Science, Technology, and the Harlem Community
Thurgood Marshall Academy for Learning and Social Change,
High School, Social Studies and Science
During the first semester, students will investigate Asthma
Rates in the Harlem community. Students will also research
the causes of asthma, conduct community surveys, and plot
incidence maps. During the second semester, students will
use the skills learned during the course of the Asthma study
to conduct an investigation of their own choosing. Topics
might include Tobacco and Harlem Youth, HIV and AIDS, the
Impact of Sewage Treatment on Local Rivers or Technology
Use and Harlem Schools.
Cottage Grove High School, Cottage Grove, OR
High School, Language and Social Studies
Palm handheld computers will be used to teach approximately
30 students with learning disabilities the major four functions
of the Palm handheld: date book, address/contact book, memo
pad, and to do list. The ultimate goal with this group will
be to increase their organizational abilities that include
on task behavior, turning in assignments on time and being
punctual to class and all scheduled events, including work.
My Senior Year in the Palm of My Hand: A Learning Moment
Farragut High School, Knoxville, TN
High School, Language, Social Studies, Guidance and Physical
The Senior Project is designed to allow students of all
abilities to focus their talents, skills, creativity and
knowledge acquired over twelve years of study on an academic
topic of special interest to them. They will apply these
talents, skills, creativity, and knowledge to produce a
research paper and a product related to their topic. Additionally,
students will prepare a portfolio to highlight their project
and present the results to a panel of faculty advisors and
Inquiry Learning for Science and Math Related Curriculums
Pre-College Upward Bound, Knoxville, TN
High School, Math and Science
Students will learn how they can conduct inquiry types
of science and math projects effectively so that they not
only learn about the topics covered, but also how to build
on data, record data, organize data, and display data using
Palm handheld computers.
Palms for Future Teachers
Emmerich Manual High School, Indianapolis, IN
High School, Social Skills, Communication, Technology
Emmerich Manual High School, in conjunction with Ball State
University, is creating a Teacher Education Magnet Program
(TEMP). The concept is to encourage students to choose a
career in education through early teaching internships and
interaction with teaching professionals. The first class
of juniors will be instructed in curriculum that contains
child development, educational psychology, collaboration,
instructional methods, and professional skills.
Technology in Hand
Desert View High School, Tucson, AZ
High School, Business Management and Customer Service
The JagWire Project is a student managed site-based enterprise
on the school campus that encourages students to develop
workplace skills as they develop technology skills. Students
in The JagWire Project learn how to manage a business, work
with clients, manage financial records and deal with personnel
issues as they learn how to build web pages, repair computers,
connect networks to use desktop publishing products among
others and train others to use a variety of technologies.
Sr. Business Academy: Integrating Business and Economics
to Produce Marketable Workers in Today's Society
Oceanside High School, Oceanside, CA
High School, Language Arts, Social Studies, and Business
The premise behind the use of the Palm handhelds is to
enable and enhance the integration of multiple subject areas
into a year long thematic unit for the Senior Business Academy
PUP: Psychology Using Palms
Granby High School, Norfolk, VA
High School, Social Studies and Psychology
PUP will provide students enrolled in a high school psychology
class the use of new, less obtrusive technologies to support
problem-based learning and increase academic achievement.
PUP gives students, while using Palm handheld computers,
opportunities to express themselves in writing and to reflect
on the actions of those around them.
PAWN (Palms As Writers' Notebook)/Using Technology to
Further the Writing Process
P.S. 129Q, College Point, NY
Children in one class in the school would receive a set
of Palm handheld computers to use as their writers' notebook
for half of the school year. In the beginning of the school
year, children personalize a notebook to be used exclusively
for collecting ideas to be used in writing. With Palm handheld
computers, children can personalize and claim ownership
of an electronic notebook which will provide integration
of technology from inception to the final product.
Using Palm Computers to Teach Students Information Literacy
Skills at the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum
Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS
Primary, Intermediate Grades
This project is aimed at enlightening, sensitizing, and
creating further appreciation of our heritage and culture
by using Palm handheld computers and information literacy.
Faculty from Kansas State University-COE will team with
Lee Summit teachers and students to create demonstration
materials by using Palm handheld computers and skills of
information literacy. The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum
will have Palm handheld computers available to teachers
and students when they visit the museum.
Adventures in Vocabulary, and English as a Second Language
Miller Wall Elementary School, Marrero, LA
Primary, Intermediate Grades
ESL students all begin their classroom experiences with
vocabulary, regardless of their proficiency levels. The
Palm handhelds will be introduced on the first day of school
and will be used throughout the entire school year. The
handheld computers will take the place of the "Word
Wall", a physical gathering place in the room for new
and unfamiliar vocabulary. The word will be entered into
the handheld computer by each student and will allow the
children to carry the unit into their mainstream classes.
Organizing the Autistic with Palm
Park County School District Number 1, Powell, WY
Primary, Intermediate, & High School
Autism is a communication disorder that results in severe
disabilities with auditory input. Autistic students need
a self-management system that will help them become less
dependent on others for constant direction, yet continue
to provide them the visual cueing needed to adequately complete
their day within the school setting. The Palm handheld computer
can provide them with the necessary cueing needed for self-monitoring
and completion of tasks without being dependent on others.
Students with Autism have a visual strength that makes computer
applications easy for them to learn.
Evening the Playing Field with a Palm
South Orangetown Middle School, Blauvelt, NY
Students will use Palm handheld computers with keyboards
to write their essays within the classroom. When students
master use of the Palm handheld computer in English, they
will begin to use them for essays in other classes. Students
will also store in their Palm handheld computer their own
personal spelling log, key ideas about the mechanics of
writing and key vocabulary words to use in the essays.
Using Palm Handheld Computers in the Reading, Writing,
and Organization Process with Gifted Fourth-Grade Students
Caley Elementary, King of Prussia, PA
The project will focus on the use of handheld computers
with fourth-grade gifted students in language arts activities,
and as an aid in improving student organizational skills.
The content will be developed from notes taken on the Palm
handheld during curriculum-related field trips and assigned
research projects, as well as assigned writing activities
that use a collection of spelling/vocabulary words for which
the students are responsible throughout the year.
Publishing using the Palm Computer
Indio Middle School, Indio, CA
Avid, GATE, and Resource students in a seventh grade language
arts and literature classes will use Palm handheld computers
as part of a "Problem Based Learning Project"
in journalism. Students will organize, name, and produce
a school newspaper, which will be published quarterly, starting
in the fall of 2001.
English in the Palm of Your Hand
Andros Karperos Middle School, Yuba City, CA
The project increases the efficiency of English acquisition
and increase EL student proficiency in technology applications.
The EL student's lack of English proficiency frequently
limits their ability to access high standards and curriculum
on an equal basis with their English only peers. The Palm
handheld computers requested in this proposal will be assigned
to the lowest level English Learner students, ESL 1 students.
Metacognitive Strategies in High School ESOL
Cypress Lake High School, Fort Myers, FL
Metacognitive Strategies is a multi-disciplinary grant
proposal that brings together high school English for Speakers
of Other Languages (ESOL), English Language Arts, and Media
Arts to examine critical thinking and learning strategies
using Palm handheld computers. The goal of this project
is to test the effectiveness of a curriculum intervention
that combines handheld computers with the direct teaching
of metacognitive strategies to high school ESOL students.
Journalism Pioneers with Palm Computers
Berkeley High School, Berkeley, CA
Students at the Berkeley High Jacket will expand their
ability to cover breaking news and communicate with each
other using Palm handheld computers. Students will use them
as resources for news gathering, sharing resources and contacts,
and fact checking.
Shakespeare Meets the Palm Handheld
Dutch Fork High School, Irmo, SC
The goal of this project "Shakespeare Meets the Palm
Pilot" is to examine the potential for using handheld
computers for reading and writing about great works of literature
in a 12th grade English class. The student will read two
plays by William Shakespeare for both understanding and
enjoyment. Although difficult to measure, the objective
of this process is to determine whether the ease of electronic
communication can build and improve the student-teacher
Palm Video Production
Ovid-Elsie Area Schools, Elsie, MI
Our goal is to successfully use Palm handheld computers
as a tool to teach creative, alternative thinking students
in video production. Using a freeware storyboarding program,
the class will decide how to set their class storyboard.
Using their Palm handheld computers, they will set the scene,
shot locations, screen page references, time of day, board
title, place, notes and sketches.
Klickitat High School, Klickitat, WA
The Klickitat School District Newspaper has been the responsibility
of the high school journalism class since September 2000.
Interviewing skills that depend on probing questions and
accurate note taking techniques are among the specific lessons
taught. With the ability to recall interview questions in
and the ability to write and store notes on a Palm handheld
computer, a higher quality interview experience for the
journalism student occurs and better written articles result.
(Teaching Elementary Music using Palm Operating Systems)
Coronita Elementary School, Corona, CA
The goal of Project TEMPO is to test the effectiveness
of utilizing Palm handheld computers, clip-on General MIDI
synthesizers, and music software to teach core musical concepts
and music composition to economically disadvantaged elementary
students (grades 4-6) in an after school achievement program.
Palm to Facilitate Music Performance Learning
Derby High School, Derby, CT
Brandt Schneider teaches choir to a class of 35 challenged
students from low-income families, English as a second language,
and physical disabilities. The intention behind the project
is that mastery of Palm handheld applications, related both
to specific music performance curriculum and the general
life management skills of each student, can help build self-esteem
and set an example of technology equity for the entire state.
A Three Pronged Approach for Handheld Technology: Curriculum
Implementation, Modeling and Assessment
Fulmore Middle School, Austin, TX
Middle School Algebra.
Research Partners: SYRCE-The University of Texas, Austin,
Texas; Center for Highly-Interactive Computing in Education
(University of Michigan); Center for Innovative Learning Technologies
Palm computers will be used as one of the primary
technological resources within our algebra courses. In so
doing, we envision a three pronged approach to Palm use in
our extended inquiry classrooms which include curriculum development
incorporating probes, modeling tasks and assessment.
Using Palm Pilots to Differentiate the Math Curriculum
Quest Academy, Palatine, IL
This project looks to determine the benefits of using a
Palm handheld computer to gather data, track student progress
and to determine the benefits of using a Palm handheld computer
for student self-assessment in math. Students will utilize
the custom database in their Palm handheld computers to
establish learning goals, keep track of the completion of
their assignments, monitor their understanding of the learning
objectives for each math unit and to provide feedback to
The Future of Stocks in the Palm of Your Hand
Virgil I. Grissom Junior High School, Tinley Park, IL
Students in grades seven and eight will use the Palm handheld
computers to access information on the Internet, manipulate
data, and simulate stock purchases in conjunction with The
Stock Market Game(tm) (http://www.smgww.org), an educational
program sponsored by the Securities Industry Foundation
for Economic Education. The primary objectives include increased
student access to the Internet, the integration of technology
into the classroom curriculum and increased awareness of
Mathematic Peer Talk
Terra Linda High School, San Rafael, CA
Students will be conducting research regarding the use
of handheld computers in an algebra II classroom. The primary
use of the handheld computers will be to provide interactive
guided practice, inquiry and investigative software, quandary
questions, and links to research.
Improving Lifelong Physical Fitness through Physical Education
Riverside Elementary School, Oakland, IA
One of the main goals is that all graduates of the Riverside
Community School District will be responsible for personal
wellness by demonstrating the need to be healthy and maintain
a healthy life style. The project seeks to improve students'
physical fitness through physical education and science.
Students will collect data, evaluate their fitness outline,
and revise their fitness goals on Palm handheld computers.
Palm Handhelds for Improving the Physical Health of Maine
South, Central, and Northern Maine
Schools for this State/Local Learning Results pilot will be
selected from the already existing 35 school representatives
who are designing Maine's Assessment System for State Physical
Primary, Intermediate Grades
Two major state initiatives are about to join together
to benefit the students of Maine schools. The first is the
Assessment of Maine's Learning Results Standards for Physical
Education a system for the state to generate regional and
statewide data. The second initiative is the state's Campaign
for a Healthy Maine with one of its major objectives to
reduce levels of obesity in Maine children. Tracking the
height and weight of all Maine students from which obesity
levels can be calculated will be done on a Palm handheld
Technology in Physical Education
Goodrich Middle School, Lincoln, NE
Students in physical education classes will be able to
monitor their fitness testing performance throughout the
school year using Palm handheld computers. They will enter
their fitness goals for the year, and graph and test their
results. The students will use the Palm handheld computers
to record their "outside of school activity" and
caloric intake each day.
Fitness: The Final Frontier
Sequim Middle School, Sequim, WA
Using several fitness tests as rubrics, students will be
evaluated on their strength, flexibility, speed, power,
and endurance. Using Palm handheld computers, performance
indicators on student fitness achievements and skills mastery
will be entered by students as they happen. Entering their
own data will give students more involvement in reaching
their own personal fitness goals, and will make them more
accountable for active participation.
Healthy Hearts Through Personal Technology
State College Area High School, State College, PA
Students will develop individualized cardiovascular programs
which will permit them to track their heart rates while
participating in various activities and also determine whether
that activity provides an increase in their heart rate sufficient
to improving personal cardiovascular fitness. The data will
be downloaded to the palm handheld computer and the software
will provide each individual student with comparative information.
From Concept to Calorie: Visualizing Advanced Chemistry
Concepts Using Palm Handheld Computers
Beaver High School, Beaver, UT
High School students, chemistry.
Research Partners: WestEd, Southern Utah University
Rural students will use the handheld devices to
carry out visualization and problem-solving investigations
that supplement their course curriculum in Chemistry. Investigations
will emphasize problem-solving and collaboration skills that
will allow students to research, conduct information analysis,
and visualize complex classroom theories and concepts.
Vital Signs: Turning Passive Learners Into Principal Investigators
Shead High School, Eastport, ME
High School Marine Science.
Research Partner: Gulf of Maine Aquarium
Shead High School will partner with the Gulf of
Maine Aquarium. Students will work to accurately record significant
subjective information in the form of written notes and digital
imaging. These observations will act as a springboard towards
understanding marine science content (such as the physical,
biological, and social effects of changes in earth's oceans
and atmosphere) as well as perspective as it relates to thought
and language. Extending these understandings, students will
compare the ways various social occupational and cultural
groups use language.
Ecological Monitoring and Business Plan Development
Kellogg Middle School, Shoreline, WA
Middle School Environmental Science and social studies curriculum.
Research Partner: University of Washington
Working in small groups, QUEST students will develop
data-collection kits that will be used to test the health
of a local water supply. The use of these kits will be taught
to two fifth grade classes at an elementary school to enable
them to assess the health of a local stream. The goal of the
scientific component of the proposed project is to test the
effectiveness of a stream-monitoring project in improving
student understanding in ecology. In addition, students will
develop a business, Palms will be used for the management
of budgets, maintenance of personal calendars, and analysis
of business markets.
Testing the Waters of the Ogallala Aquifer in the Texas High
Slaton High School of Slaton Independent School District, Slaton,
High School Environmental Science.
Research Partners: Texas Tech University, South Plains College,
Sunburst.com, National Computational Science Leadership Program
Students will use Palm handhelds in the creation
and use of mathematical models to develop an understanding
of the depletion of the Ogallala Aquifer in Texas. Students
will use probes attached to Palm computers and software that
graphs temperature, pH, dissolved oxygen, ion specifics, etc.
and includes visual representations to get onsite representation
of the water quality within different regions of the aquifer.
All in the Palm of My Hand
Immaculata School, Hendersonville, NC
Elementary School Environmental Science.
Research Partner: Western Carolina University
All in the Palm of my Hand is a pilot program using
handheld computers in conjunction with field data collection
for science classes exploring air pollution, acid rain, as
part of an Environmental Education Learning Experience (EELE).
Students will be using handheld computers as data collectors,
information organizers, calculators, and for data analysis
while developing an understanding of how technology enhances
our lives. Additionally, in order to build a better understanding
of the processes of incorporating technology in the classroom,
student teachers from the education department of Western
Carolina University will be invited to participate in the
Integrated Field Study of pH Changes along the Arroyo Seco
Utilizing Handheld Technology
Eliot Middle School, Altadena, CA
Middle School Environmental Science.
Research Partners: Caltech Precollege Science Initiative, California
Institute of Technology
The main focus of the semester long project is how the
terrain, geology, human interaction, and chemistry of the
Arroyo Seco affect the pH along its length. Stretching for
a distance of over 40 miles, the Arroyo Seco covers a varied
terrain from mountain to desert and encounters a range of
human influence from wilderness to urban to industrial,
even flowing past the world-famous Rose Bowl in a concrete
channel. Students will collect a variety of data including
GPS positioning, water and air temperature, dissolved oxygen,
flow rate, and, of course, pH. Other data collected includes
rock samples and flora samples from the area, located precisely
using the GPS/Palm combination. This data will be analyzed
in the classroom, and upon completion of the project, a
clearer view of how and why the pH of the Arroyo Seco changes
along its length will be produced.
Environmental Science Academy/WildLink: Science-Based
Research Expeditions into Yosemite National Park for High
Merced High School and Livingston High School, Atwater, CA
High School Environmental Science.
Research Partners: US Geological Survey and GLOBE (Global
Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (www.globe.gov)
The Environmental Science Academy (ESA) is a program
for high potential, low achieving high school sophomore students
to attend a 4-week summer science seminar. ESA is a collaboration
of UC Berkeley, Yosemite National Park, and GLOBE that teaches
students about environmental science. Palm computers will
augment the ESA program through: 1) the use of sensors for
data collection, and graphing and visualization software for
synthesizing that data, and 2) journaling exercises utilizing
word processing software on the Palm computers, and 3) as
well as testing wireless communication for engaging students
The Reasons For The Seasons
Northline Elementary School, Houston, TX
Elementary School students, astronomy.
Research Partner: Rice University
Students will use astronomical software and light
and heat probes in conjunction with Palms to understand the
patterns and relationships between the sun, earth and moon
that result in the seasons of the year and phases of the moon.
Supporting Environmentally Concerned Kids with Palms
Foothill Middle School, Walnut Creek, CA
6th grade students, Math and Science.
Research Partner: U.C. Berkeley Graduate School of Education
6th grade students investigate a local creek running
through fairly untouched park areas into a very suburban and
urban area. Students will use Palms to collect data and to
explain specific conditions at the creek, such as high pH,
temperature, alkalinity or eutrophication. Students will be
able to communicate with each other during these field excursions
using the Palm technology as well as using the Palms as real-time
data collection devices.
The Mill River Virtual Field Guide
Cold Spring School, New Haven, CT
With the use of Palm handheld computers, students will
create a virtual field guide to the Mill River. Students
will be using handheld computers as data collectors, information
organizers, calculators, and for data analysis. Students
will be able to access this database in the field on their
Palm handheld computers and document population samples
at various sites along the river.
FOCUS (Focus On Change Using Science)
Sherrard Elementary School, Wheeling, WV
This project is to help students conduct scientific experiments
using GLOBE science protocols, components of GLOBE science
kits, handheld computers, Garmin 12 GPS units, ArcView mapping
software, and desktop computers. They will test, document,
graph, map, and compare changes that have occurred in their
demographic area over the last 200 years.
Nassau Spackenkill School, Poughkeepsie, NY
Primary, Intermediate Grades
Students with learning challenges in grades 3-5 will be
participating in researching and planning a birdhouse trail
on the school grounds. They will read and collect information
about the cavity nesting birds that are native to the area
and the type of nesting box they will use. Students will
assemble ten birdhouses. The research will help to assist
scientists at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in tracking
changes in bird populations.
Upper Powell River Watershed Restoration Project
Appalachia Elementary School, Appalachia, VA
Primary, Intermediate Grades
Streamwalk's objectives are for students to gain an awareness
and appreciation of stream ecology by collecting data at
stream sites and suggesting ideas for the improvement and/or
maintenance of stream quality. The portability of the Palm
handheld computer, in conjunction with the GPS upload/download
units to be used for the Project, make it perfect for uniform
and accurate data collection and estimation in the field
work as contemplated by Streamwalk.
A Comparison of Handheld Water Quality Monitoring Technologies
in the Eby Creek Watershed Geographic Survey
Eagle Valley Middle School, Eagle, CO
From August 2001 through June 2002, 60 seventh grade students
will demonstrate achievement of curriculum standards in
various subjects. They will compare the efficacy of water
quality monitoring with graphing calculators verses that
with Palm handheld computers as part of a continuing physical
and biological assessment of the Eby Creek Watershed.
Lake Watch: Monitoring Florida Lakes with a Palms-On
Conway Middle School, Orlando, FL
Florida LAKEWATCH enables 7th and 8th grade students to
be involved in a cooperative teamwork approach to solving
lake quality problems. The students will use Palm handheld
computers in conjunction with Quickoffice to collect field
data and assist Lakewatch staff scientists in explaining
specific conditions at the lake site.
Caloosahatchee Oxbow Restoration and Demonstration Project
Lee Middle School, Fort Myers, FL
Using Palm handheld computers in the field and in the classroom,
students will understand, through real life scientific investigations
the processes of taking accurate field samples, recording
and interpreting data using field guides and other data
analysis techniques. The students will work with scientists
and volunteer citizens collecting data from 10 oxbows along
either side of the Caloosahatchee River channel.
Inside the Outside: A Survey of Microclimates Found on
Hollis School Ground
Hollis Consolidated School District #328, Peoria, IL
Seventh grade science students will be introduced to the
environmental requirements of plants and will study how
these factors can affect population densities at a site
on Palm handheld computers. Then, working in teams, they
will be asked to survey the school grounds and develop maps
of the microclimates found there.
Union Ridge School, Harwood Heights, IL
Students will use Palm handheld computers to aid in planning
observation logs using astrological software and for recording
data and notes during telescope/binocular viewing. Activities
will integrate astronomy software programs on Palm handheld
computers to enhance student ability to create observation
logs according to season and to help locate various constellations
and stars during observations.
Palm Handhelds and Robotics in the Middle School Classroom
Thomas Jefferson Middle School, Valparaiso, IN
The teachers and students at Valparaiso Community Schools
have been investigating and working with programming and
robotics for the last year and a half. Students use computers
to learn a programming language and then to program robots
that they build. Palm handheld computers can then control
Field Guides at Home and Around the World: A Field Science
Study for Middle School Students
Watertown Middle School, Watertown, MA
Through this project, students learn about field observation
while studying the characteristics and life of their local
ecosystem, taking notes in the field via a Palm handheld
computer and using a digital camera to collect images. Sixth
grade students will develop a field guide of life forms
(botanical and biological) in their own community.
Science and Math in your Hand!
Schulze Elementary School, Detroit, MI
In collaboration with the Environmental Interpretive Center
(EIC) at the University of Michigan, Dearborn campus, sixth
grade students will investigate the microhabitats that exist
in our community and at the EIC. Students will work in cooperative
groups to gather data on the temperature of a variety of
different areas including the surface of soil and pond surface.
They will then use temperature probes and the Palm handheld
to collect and record data.
Field Ecology Data Collection
The College School, Webster Groves, MO
The Field Ecology class will use Palm handhelds to study
the school's watershed which is located on a mountain top
site in the Smoky Mountains. They will also study a low
altitude site in the Smokies, an aquatic and a terrestrial
site in the Okefenokee Swamp, and a salt marsh and maritime
site on Sapelo Island off the coast of Georgia.
Marine Lab Must Have Palm Handheld
Montgomery School, Chester Springs, PA
Each year, students participate in a yearlong study of
marine life. During this study, they test and record various
elements such as pH, invertebrate life forms, alkalinity,
and temperature. By using Palm handheld computers, students
will be able to compile data on site.
Amphibians and Humans: Partnered for Survival
JH Gaudet Middle School, Middletown, RI
Amphibians and Humans: Partnered for Survival is a project
that unites the Norman Bird Sanctuary (NBS), a non-profit
nature center, Dr Peter Paton and the University of RI,
and Gaudet Middle School in an endeavor to promote stewardship
of land, resource management, and scientific research. Students
will use the Palm handheld computers in the field to collect
and record environmental data; use the a GPS to find the
vernal pools to study and identify species of amphibians,
share information and record images and sounds from the
study sites for use in the classroom and on the web site.
Grand Avenue School, Milwaukee, WI
Students will explore the concept of Microclimates by using
handheld computers to gather, and analyze data, submit reports,
collaborate with a team and publish their work on the school
web page. Students will use the scenario of a horticultural
consulting firm that has been asked to study the various
areas around the school grounds to determine which site
would be best suited for a school garden. They will analyze
the data they have collected and then write up their recommendations
where the garden should be placed.
Palms in the Field: Field Guide/Journal for Identification
of Regional Plants, Animals, and Geology
Mussleman Middle School, Bunker Hill, WV
This project seeks to develop a Palm handheld OS based
application that would incorporate both a geologic/wildlife
field guide and field journal for data collection. Students
will use the Palm handheld computers on field trips to local
Wildlife Conservation areas to identify specimens in the
field and be evaluated on the accuracy of their conclusions.
Students will be taking an unknown specimen and discovering
its true identity through a logical sequence of thought.
Kids in the Creek
Forks Middle School, Forks, WA
Students will use Palm handheld computers with probes to
monitor the health of a local stream, Prairie Falls Creek.
They will implement a design plan that they will develop
in the classroom. Students will use the probes with the
Palm handhelds to test for at least three different water
quality parameters and to take field notes. Middle school
students also will raise salmon in the classroom, working
with the Department of Fish and Wildlife to raise coho salmon,
which will then be placed in Prairie Falls Creek.
Empowering Student Critical Thinking Using Palm Handheld
Centennial Junior High School (QUEST Program), Montrose,
Intermediate, High School
Each fall the QUEST science class uses University of Colorado
Science Explorer's Earth science lessons and NASA's Space
science lessons to increase student understanding of various
concepts for their NASA Student Involvement Program projects.
By recording lab results on their Palm handheld computers,
students will be able to improve their critical thinking
Little Wolf Outdoor Education Research Center
Little Wolf High School, Manawa, WI
Intermediate, High School
To help students learn about their environment, the Manawa
district has developed the Little Wolf Outdoor Education
Research Center, incorporating hands-on, real world learning
into their curriculum through a project-based approach.
This project involves two groups of students, who will extensively
use Palm handheld computers and scientific probes to gather
data, analyze their findings, and synthesize research to
protect and enhance the natural resources of their community.
Using Palm Handheld Computers to Enhance Project-Based
Mt. Baker High School, Deming, WA
Intermediate, High School
Using methods developed by researchers at the University
of Washington in a program called NatureMapping, students
will assess the habitat of a selected plant or animal species
near their school. Students will develop their experimental
question and conceptually organize their background research,
methods and protocols. They will collect, display and then
process their data into mathematical equations. Finally,
they will communicate their findings with their peers via
beaming and discussion.
Palms Used in Scrub Habitat (Project PUSH)
Boca Raton Christian School, Boca Raton, FL
The purposes of this project are to enable students to
experience original data collection in a field atmosphere
and to develop a color-coded biotope distribution map. The
map indicates the physical and chemical characteristics
of a region and the recurring associated biological community
of an area. In this case, Sugar Sand Park, located in Boca
The Quest for Science: Transforming Learners into Investigators
North Miami Senior High, North Miami, FL
Palm handheld computers will be used to control the Computer
Based Laboratories during Chemistry I to perform as many
laboratory experiments as possible to familiarize the students
with the use of the different probes. In the first year,
students will download the information into the classroom
computer and use a portable keyboard. The second year, they
will design their own experiments and present their work
to the class at the end of the project.
Environmental Science with Palms: Bringing Together Assessment,
Investigation, and Inquiry
The Downtown Magnets High School, Los Angeles, CA
The culminating goal of the project will be to empower
students to use the technology to design and conduct an
original investigation into an environmental question of
their own choosing.
Science on the Move: Probing for Answers
Cranford High School, Cranford, NJ
In "Science on the Move: Probing for Answers,"
high school environmental science students will use Palm handheld computing
technology in the field to determine the effects of development,
human resource consumption, consumer purchasing decisions on New
Jersey waterways, agricultural growing conditions and air cleanliness.
Field Science/Field Service
Columbia High School, Decatur, GA
Palm handheld computers will be used to support existing
service learning initiatives and the ongoing participation
in the GLOBE Program. Students will collect data on soil,
weather, and water conditions. This information will be
posted to on-line databases and to the GLOBE Internet site.
Palm handhelds will be used to collect and post data in
the field and to allow in-field collaboration with horticulturists
and meteorologists at the University of Georgia.
Roll with the Changes... It's Amusing!!!!
St. Ignatius College Prep, Chicago, IL
Students will spend a day at Six Flags Great America Amusement
park in Gurnee, Illinois, which will link four previously
taught units: the metric system, graphing and one-dimensional
kinematics, Newton's laws of motion, and energy. The Palm
handheld computers will ensure students are working efficiently
and staying organized as they store, measure, graph and
analyze the results.
Science in the Environment (S.I.T.E.) Project
Pekin Community High School, Pekin, IL
S.I.T.E. (Science In The Environment) project, promotes
problem solving; gathering data from the environment, researching
for information on the Internet, and communicating within
a collaborative group in order to solve problems. Students
will engage in aquatic biomonitoring: biomonitory is an
important tool that scientists use to evaluate the condition
of ecological systems. Students will make field trips out
into the community to test soil samples and record data
on Palm handheld computers.
Assumption High School, Louisville, KY
Students are currently participating in a project sponsored
by the Beargrass Creek Task Force whose objective is to
provide on-going assessment of water quality in Louisville.
The project will connect probes to Palm handheld computers
in order to more accurately and efficiently collect data
on temperature, dissolved oxygen, PH and total dissolved
solids levels in the Beargrass Creek water. This project
will be incorporated in the freshman Integrated Science
Monitoring the Ecology and Mapping Project for the Skitrail/Conservation
Wahconah Regional High School, Dalton, MA
The project will begin with students taking a survey of
the pond and land areas involved in the cross-country ski
trail and conservation area. The Palm handheld computers
will be used to log details of measurements, sketch details
of the area, and link to GPS (Global Positioning System)
units for exact latitude and longitude measurements. The
second part of the project for Biology students will be
to monitor the pond, an existing stream, and nearby Housatonic
River for water quality.
Palm Computers as Learning Support Devices and Collaborative
Tools in Open-Ended Inquiry Based Laboratory Investigations
Lincoln Northeast High School, Lincoln, NE
Palm handheld computers will be used to support the learning
of certain chemical calculations and laboratory investigations.
The Palm handheld computers will serve in two capacities:
as a calculation device equipped with special software written
for chemical calculations, and as an electronic laboratory
Palm Prints on the James Project
Yankton High School, Yankton, SD
The JAMES Project investigates the environmental quality
and seasonal changes of South Dakota's James River and its
basin. Students will collect data and conduct an extensive,
collaborative research project to document the efficiency
of recording field data on handheld computers.
Palm-Based Laboratory Experiments in the Accelerated
University School of Nashville, Nashville, TN
Palm handheld computers will be used to complete numerous
experiments that are presently completed using the Calculator
Based Laboratory (CBL). These experiments include the use
of many Vernier probes already owned by the school. By using
Palm handhelds, the process of data collection, sharing,
and analysis in the physics classroom will be enhanced and
Planning for the Preservation and Extension of the Ogallala
Smyer High School, Smyer, TX
Students will use advanced technology applications and
interact with students in other locations and across curriculums
to heighten the awareness of, and present possible solutions
to the demise of the Ogallala Aquifer of the Southern High
Plains of Texas. Students will collect and analyze data
both in and out of the classroom that will enable them to
predict outcomes and formulate conclusions.
Environmental and Habitat Assessment with At-Risk High
River's Edge Alternative High School, Richland, WA
At-risk high school students will gain experience in observing,
collecting, and analyzing data by investigating the ecosystem
surrounding the Columbia River in Southeastern Washington
State. Through the use of Palm handheld computers, students
studying environmental science will learn how to conduct
field experiments that test water quality and evaluate the
diversity of life within our local river ecosystem.
Collaborative Techniques in Water Quality Assessment and
Environmental Science Using Handheld Computer Technology between
Middle School and High School Students
Moses Lake High School, Moses Lake, WA
Palm handheld computers will be used in a collaborative
effort to study the environment and water quality of Moses
Lake and it's two contributing streams; Crab Creek and Rockyford
Creek. Students will take a handheld computer to the water
site, and use the various probeware and software that can
be attached to the handheld computers to collect data, record
journal observations/information about the wildlife, plant
life, and environmental conditions right at the site.
Comprehensive Stream Study
Shaler Area School District, Glenshaw, PA
The Shaler Area Outdoor Adventure School is a summer program
designed to help at-risk and disadvantaged students acquire
credits in the areas of Health, Physical Education and Science
needed for graduation and/or extra curricular credits. Students
will undertake a comprehensive stream study using Palm handheld
computers to identify, measure, record and analyze various
water quality variables as well as geologic and biologic
Seaside High School, Seaside, OR
Students will use the Palm handheld computers and ImagiWorks
software with Vernier Probes to monitor water quality data
on salmon bearing/spawning streams feeding the Neawanna
and on the main system of Neawanna Creek. Students will
also use GPS receivers and form software designed using
the PenDragon Forms 3.1 software to re-inventory the debris
for position changes due to storms this past winter. They
will also be using the PenDragon software to create specialized
forms on the Palm handheld computer to input tree data collected
for the City of Seaside in the Neawanna Watershed.
Science and Technology
Stillwater High School, Stillwater, OK
This project expands on a grant that has been submitted
to the Stillwater Public Education Foundation. Students
will use Palm handheld computers as a tool to increase retention.
The class will use the Palm handheld computers for class
notes, calculations, data collection, accessing resources,
managing classroom activities, homework and communicating
with parents and students.
Primary Research in the Economics Classroom
Memorial High School, Campbell, OH
High School students, social studies.
Research Partners: Industrial Information Institute for Economics
Education and "Raising the Bar at the High School" Grant Initiative
Students will use Palms in the creation of a "Viewseum"
at a district Web site. This Viewseum will share the results
of an economic survey of all the valedictorians and salutatorians
in the history of the Campbell City Schools. Palms will be
used to track and analyze data for the survey.
Presidential Unsolved Mysteries and Investigations
Buford School, Lennox, CA
Using current technology to travel back in time to study
and analyze famous historical events, the mission for students
will be to select one historical event in the president's
life and prove if the event is fact or fiction.
Greeks, Gods, and Palms
Miami Edison Middle School, Miami, FL
Working in small groups in their Language Arts classes,
inner-city eighth grade students will use Palm handheld
computers to research the Ancient Greeks' values and literature.
In Social Studies classes, students will research the physical
features of the region, everyday Greek life, and the government
of Ancient Greece. The students will then produce a team
report that they will present for their classmates at the
end of the semester.
Brand New: A Student Survey of Student Spending and Marketing
Arturo Schomburg Satellite Academy, Bronx, NY
The primary objective of this project is to make economics
real to students by relating the goods and services on daily
spending relative to the larger U.S. economy. The project
will use the data to raise questions about the power of
marketing and advertising in student lives, and how it affects
their purchases. Using Palm handheld computers to keep a
careful record of brand name purchases, students will also
research companies which use factories around the world.
In Your Palm--From Crime Scenes to Crimes Solved
Pickaway-Ross Career and Technology Center, Chillicothe, OH
In this project, criminal justice students will be solving
simulated crimes from crime scenes set up in the criminal
justice lab and on a web page linked to the school's home
page. Students will collect evidence from the crime scene
and will record data, measurements, fingerprint characteristics,
and details on their Palm handheld computers.
Kent State Research Center for Educational Technology
(RCET), Kent, OH:
Will be working with alumni of their "Ameritech Classroom"
to introduce Palm handhelds into 10 classrooms, ranging
from elementary school to high school. RCET staff will conduct
training, provide ongoing support, and conduct evaluation
and research about how teachers and students use Palm handheld
University of Nebraska at Omaha College of Education,
Office of Internet Studies, Omaha, NE:
Working with three high schools in Omaha to create a set
of overlapping courses. These courses include an environmental
science class, a programming class, and a marketing class.
The programming class will create tools to be used by the
environmental science and marketing classes.
University of California at Berkeley School of Education,
The WISE project (Web-Based Inquiry Science Environment)
at UC Berkeley will work with schools in the Desert Sands
Unified School District in Palm Desert, CA, and the Denver
Public Schools in Denver, CO to investigate how Palm handheld
computers can facilitate inquiry in K-12 Science and Mathematics
The Gulf of Maine Aquarium, Portland, ME:
The Gulf of Maine Aquarium will work with six schools in
Maine to integrate Palm handheld computers into their aquatic
field monitoring program, called "Vital Signs".
Fremont Union High School District, Sunnyvale, CA:
This group's project will use Palm handheld computers to
improve attendance, participation, completion of assignments,
reading comprehension, problem solving, academic performance,
and communication for students performing below the 40th
percentile in academic achievement.
Archdiocese of Dubuque School System, Dubuque, Iowa:
Will work with Clarke College to identify veteran technology
trainers who will work with individual teachers to integrate
Palm handheld computers into their lesson plans. These teachers
will also form an online community through the Iowa Communications
Network, as well as through list serves and a "digital
exchange" Web site that allows teachers to share lesson
Beaufort County School District, Beaufort, SC:
Palm handheld computers will be used to support students'
and teachers' development and use of assessment processes
in project-based learning. This project will include a wide
range of curricular areas (science, math, language arts)
in a variety of grades (elementary to high school).
University of Michigan, College of Engineering and School
Center for Highly Interactive Computing in Education (Hi-ce):
Hi-ce is currently working with the Detroit Public Schools
and the Union City Schools in Michigan to integrate Palm
handheld computers in the classrooms of leading teachers.
In this project they will investigate two models of student
use of Palm handhelds: the "personal computer"
model, where each student is assigned a Palm computer for
the semester to take home; and the "class set"
model, where teachers have a class set of Palms that teachers
use for specific curricular activities.
Concord Consortium, Concord, MA:
The goal of this project is to bring the power of probeware
and modeling to science education in grades 4-8, by creating
effective and easily implemented technology-based science
learning materials that take advantage of Palm handheld
computers. These materials will be used in a diversity of
schools in the upcoming school year.