By Adam Coats
Now that I have been using a Palm for about a week, I feel slightly different about purchasing and using one in my own class. Before, I saw it (the Palm) as more of an organizational/administrative piece of hardware. However, after using them in this class, I now can see that they can be used in by students of any age, in classes across the curriculum. After watching a few videos of students in different schools actively using handhelds, I feel that this technology would be useful, beneficial, and enjoyable in my own classroom. My band students would benefit greatly from tutoring programs like Mozart. With regards to my usage as a teacher, I could use Participation as an instant "playing test" grading program. If I were to get a bar code reader for the Palm, I could quickly inventory pieces of music in our library, CDs, uniforms, and instrument inventory.
For this class, I am using one of the Palms from the classroom set. This will get me through the class, but what will I do when the class is over? Hopefully, I will have one of my own in the near future. I think that if I were to demonstrate some of the possibilities of teaching with a Palm to my principal, I may be able to get a classroom set for the school, so that I could start using them in my everyday teaching.