palmOne has just unveiled a new section on its web site dedicated to helping educators build a case for the use of handhelds in the classroom when applying for funding through the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA).
The site gives educators a starting point with a guide to local sources for grants to fund technology purchases.
In addition, the site gives specific information on connecting handhelds and solutions to the entitlements of NCLB and the specific curriculum and administrative goals of educators.
It includes a downloadable matrix that aligns opportunities and educational goals with key NCLB and IDEA entitlements, and then matches the goals to related curriculum and administrative solutions for palmOne’s handhelds.
This matrix covers administration, home and careers, science, assessment and accountability, health and social studies, English and language arts, management and support, people with special needs, English as a second language, mathematics, physical education, foreign language, music and art.
“Research on one-to-one handheld computing in classrooms shows increased student motivation, collaboration and communication, self-esteem, self-directedness and time on task; opportunity for self-paced learning, organization and productivity; access to technology; and improved homework completion rates,” said Martha Rolley, Ed.D, director of education and government markets at palmOne. “These skills are essential in improving student outcomes.”
All of this can be found on the section of palmOne’s web site dedicated to NCLB.