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Think Handhelds

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Small World, Isn't It?

Handheld Devices in the Classroom



Why Use Handhelds?

  • Accessibility

  • Immediacy

  • Convergence

  • Permanency

  • Malleability

  • Simplicity

  • Pleasurability

  • Collaboration 

  • Invisibility

Why Handheld-Friendly Websites?

  • Today’s students are growing up in an age where smaller is perceived to be better.
  • Cellular phones, Smartphones, Personal Digital Assistants (PDA’s), mp3 players and iPods are as common as the family car.
  • The increased availability of wi-fi, Bluetooth and GPRS connections, through both free and subscription services has caused a boom in wireless Internet use.
  • Many websites are being created to accommodate smaller screen sizes and provide any easy-to-view interface.

What is WAP?

  • Wireless Application Protocol or WAP is an open international standard for applications that use wireless communication. Its principal application is to enable access to the internet from a mobile phone or PDA.
  • Mobile internet sites, or WAP sites, are websites written in, or dynamically converted to, WML (Wireless Markup Language) and accessed via the WAP browser.


 Let’s Compare


Large Screen Small Screen


Accuweather Wireless

American Museum of Natural History

American Museum of Natural History Handheld


Google Mobile

My Wildflowers

My Wildflowers Mobile


Wapedia for Mobile Devices


Yahoo Mobile


Flickr Mobile Site


“text only”

London Zoo

London Zoo text only

BBC Science & Nature

BBC Science & Nature text only 



Skweezer- no download required

MobileLeap - no download required

AvantGo - download required

Opera Mobile & Opera Mini - download required

Plucker - download required

Minimo - download required

FlingIt - Software


Mobile browser rendering  

Top 10 Mobile Sites

(Telephia Mobile Internet Report)

Yahoo Mail
The Weather Channel
Google Search
AOL Mail
Yahoo Weather
Yahoo Search
Yahoo Driving Directions 

Student Activities

  • Have General discussion on the future effects of the internet . Demonstration of mobile phone internet access.

  • Create cell phone projects with pictures page using Flickr Mobile Site.
  • Visual Story Telling
  • Filamentality Hotlists viewed on handheld device.
  • E-mail Projects
  • m-Blogging
  • SMS Quizzes
  • Daily Weather Records - Middle School

Students keep a record of local weather conditions using Y!Weather. Students will use this information to create graphs on paper to illustrate the changes in daily temperature.

  • State Research - Middle School

Students will gather information from various sources pertaining to one of the fifty United States.

Kids Almanac Online: State Facts and Figures, 50 States

  • RSS Feeds - High School

Have students keep track of an educational/ informational blog using  RSS Feeds to handheld devices

Top 10 Pocket PC RSS Readers

  • Winksite - Middle & High School

Go to my Winksite

Create a Winksitefor daily assignments, m-blog, RSS feeds, links, etc.


mob5 - Create a mobile homepage 

Handhelds and PDA's go to School

Seaford School District Handhelds

Handhelds in Education

Handheld Devices in the Classroom

Handheld Computing Resources

PDAs, Handhelds and Mobile Technologies in Libraries

Handheld-friendly pages on the College of Engineering website

Tony Vincent's learninginhand

Using Handhelds in the Classroom

Advantages and concerns of handheld technologies for school use - Article

Ready or Not—PDAs in the Classroom- Article

Handhelds Go to Class - Article

Paperless Classroom

Power In The Palm of Your Hand from Kathy Schrock


Warrensburg Handheld Project 

Lists of Handheld-Friendly Sites

Pocket Portal

Pediatrics on Hand

600 PDA Friendly Websites

HP IPAQ Mobile

Handheld Friendly Databases


Mobile Web



PDA Portal

List of 748 PDA-Friendly Web Sites

PDA Mobile Cafe

PDA Mobile Web


Pocket PC Links

Purely Mobile

Streaming to Handheld Devices

Mobile Friendly Web Sites


WAP Review Mobile Site Directory

Best Sites for Windows Powered Pocket PCs, Handheld PCs, and Smartphones 


e-Book Dowload Sites

Baen Free Library

Many Books.net

University of Virginia's eBook Library

E-Book Subject Collections - Young Readers

eBook Impressions - Children's Books

eBooks by 4th grade students in Missouri - requires PalmReader 

For More Information

My del.icio.us links for handheld devices

My wiki page Think Mobile Phones for Learning

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