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October 31, 2003 GMT

Reading, Writing, Revenue for PDAs?

From: Richard Shim - CNet
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When the Newport-Mesa Unified School District was awarded federal funding for classroom technology this summer, adminstrators took the unusual step of buying handhelds instead of PCs.

With the price set at about $200 apiece, the school was able to purchase 1,100 PalmOne Tungsten E devices--meaning that it got many times more handhelds than the number of desktop computers or laptops it could have afforded. Early next year, it will begin to hand them out to some students and teachers to see if the devices can improve student learning.

"We wanted a tool that we could put into everyone's hands," said Steve Glyer, the director of educational technology for the Southern California district.

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