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Palm Pilots catching on in schools
Posted: 03-Feb-2001 [Source: Associated Press via MSNBC]

[Games and messaging may have more intrigue for students but educators are putting them to some creative uses in the classroom.]

by Nicole Ziegler Dizon -- "ONCE PRIMARILY tools of business executives, personal digital assistants are fast moving into the classroom. And that is forcing principals to weigh the devices' great educational potential against a serious potential for abuse.

"It's a great tool for science," said Jack O'Donnell, a chemistry teacher at the suburban Chicago school. O'Donnell has students attach special probes to their handhelds, allowing them to transfer the probes' readings directly into the computers.

Personal digital assistants (PDAs) don't just help people organize themselves. They now obtain from the Internet everything from news to games to stock quotes. They also use infrared light to beam information among themselves, and can be coupled with wireless modems to become instant communicators.

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