Tapping into Digital Literacy: Handheld Computers in the K-12 Classroom

Tapping into Digital Literacy: Handheld Computers in the K-12 Classroom

Mark van ‘t Hooft (Kent State University, USA)
Copyright: © 2006 |Pages: 21
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-494-1.ch016
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Abstract

This chapter describes the integration of handheld computers in K-12 classrooms and its impact on digital literacy. Following a brief description of this new technology for education, teacher stories are used to illustrate what types of educational activities are possible above and beyond what is possible with available technology, what pedagogical changes need to be made to effectively integrate handheld technology in K-12 classrooms, how handheld devices can be adapted to harness their full potential as ubiquitous devices for teaching and learning, and how digital literacy skills influence and are being influenced by this technology. The ultimate goal of the author is to show that handheld computers have the potential to have a tremendous impact on teaching and learning, given the right context.

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