PEP Grants Overview
The goal of the Palm Education Pioneers program was to enable
exploration and evaluation of innovative uses of Palm handheld
computers for K-12 learning, through classroom grants to teachers.
To meet this goal, 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 provided Palm computers for
teachers and their students and evaluated 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 is now working
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. There were two rounds of the Palm Education
Pioneers program, 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.
We offered grants of up to 15 classroom sets to 9 research
organizations and school districts that will conduct independent
studies on teaching and learning with handheld computers.
Check out our evaluation reports of how classrooms used Palm
handhelds in our findings section.
We have also provided a summary of Round I, Round II, and
Research Hub awards.