ICT diary: hand-held wireless computers

30th March 2001 at 01:00

Many industry experts believe hand-held wireless devices could be the cheapest, most effective way to put a computer into the hands of every child.

In most schools, the hard-wired PC is still king, but wireless computers have encroached far enough on the world of desktop computing to be an attractive alternative.

At Bedford high school, head of technology Kathryn McCauley has installed Apple's iBook wireless laptop solution. She says: "The main benefit is that the network is not fixed in a room; it's a bookable facility that moves to where it is needed."nbsp;

Reay primary, St Mark's primary and Henry Fawcett primary schools in Lambeth, London, are taking part in a project to trial the Psion netBook at school and home. They have chosen Psion because it is far easier for young children to carry it in their satchel between school and home than a heavier, bulkier laptop.

Software for hand-helds is better developed for administrative tasks than curriculum studies, but education applications are catching up fast. Alongside note-taking, field research, graphing, calculator and mobile communications, hand-helds are adding content such as encyclopedias and software for classroom quizzes.

Debbie Davies

This is a shortened version of a review that appears in Friday magazine in this week's TES

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number


The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now