first! school in the world, a new
project in a great scale is initiated in Norway with use of pocket PCs
Amot lower secondary school in which all students and all
teachers in the two classes at grade 9 (students are 14 years old)
will be given pocket PCs with built-in WiFi (wireless LAN) and
a thorough investigation, the new
HP IPAQ H5455 Pocket PC has been chosen as the preferred pocket PC.
competition with other schools in Norway, Amot secondary school has been
chosen as project school by
ITU (Network for IT-Research and
Competence in Education).The use of pocket PCs will be a
challenge for the school, and the involved teachers and students will
focus on how pocket PCs can engage and motivate in the learning process.
In the project the pedagogy will be in focus.
Pedagogy in focus
9 (the teachers at grade 9) wrote in their project
application that they believe that a project with pocket PCs can lead to
new and better cooperation between teachers and students. In the
application it was empathized that students and teachers through
concrete projects also can work together as partners in challenging
activities where responsibility for own learning, cooperative learning,
project based learning are important, but also in a milieu where fun and
play is in focus.
Internet has given schools all over the world new pedagogical
possibilities the last years, and high speed Internet access is
mandatory for the project. The school has high speed Internet access
through the Norwegian university network (Uninett).
By using Internet actively the project will empathize:
Students will publish their own works with multimedia content on the net
and also content created for handheld computers
of Internet as an information channel
plans for the classes in various subjects will be published on the net
the students have access to digital learning resources
Communication (mail, but also instant messaging and possibly video
Synchronize students own work done with pocket PCs against the students
digital portfolios on the schools servers (Microsoft and Linux)
we think handhelds have potential to be used in new and original ways.
We donít yet know the potential
project will also examine use of:
Mobile library (e-books)
Inputting data, for instance during science experiments, regardless of
where the work is taking place, indoors or outdoors.
school has the last 3 years, through the editorial responsibility for
the nationally based internet paper the
Youth Paper (Norwegian link), covered events in connection with the
yearly Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony and events around this important media
happening (yes, it is). Students and teachers are living in Oslo for 5
days and through these days they publish articles with multimedia
content as soon as they can. Because of this work, we have a
great archive (example) in form of text, pictures, sound and video
from these events. This material can be used for learning in many
contexts, for example by developing digital learning resources
also meant for handheld computers. In a way we can say Ė we want that
the learning can hit the small screens.
Cooperation and reflection over own work and practise
the project application it was empathized that at project with pocket
PCs can contribute to increased cooperation between students, and that
the project also most probably will contribute to tighter cooperation
teacher/student. Both parts have to win experiences in how handheld PCs
can bring greater mobility and flexibility into learning and education,
both at school and outside school. The teachers at the team think the
use of handheld PCs will give teachers and students new possibilities in
working and learning together as equal partners in many contexts.
project will be a part of the ordinary pedagogical school day at the
school and will be integrated into PILOT (Innovation in Learning,
Organization and Pedagogy). PILOT is a nationally project funded by the
Ministry of Education and Research in Norway hoping to bring more
innovation in schools organization, pedagogy and learning.
part of the PILOT project, all teachers at the school are participating
in a process where focus is learning and digital portfolios in a new
digital world. Both teachers and students must reflect over own practise
and own work. We hope that the project with pocket PCs will contribute
Students reflection about own learning, learning strategies and learning
the teachers Ė reflection about own practise and guidance of students in
a digital world
Argumentation as an important factor in learning with pockets PCs. We
want active students and we will take them seriously. In the project
they will be active partners, both orally and written, in how use of
handheld PCs can contribute to better learning or not
Handheld PCs can to a greater extent than we have had possibilities up
till now, melt together learning in school and learning outside of
school. Students will get a tool which they can use to learning both at
school and outside school. Thatís what Bridget Somekh at the ITU
conference in October 2002 in Oslo called
Learning unlocked from school
(Powerpoint). Students and teachers will operate at various learning
areas. Learning does not only take place at school, but almost in all
Pocket PC and other types of handhelds can because of their size have
better possibilities than other computers (desktops and notebooks)
Itís a lot easier to carry around a handheld than a notebook.
Notebooks can in many contexts even be too ďheavyĒ
Groupings of students can vary in size according to task and
more flexible school day. Itís isnít necessary to be at specific rooms
and/or buildings to learn or do a job
it is also important to say that itís no contradiction between use of
handhelds and desktops/notebooks. We think handhelds and
desktops/notebooks can supplement each other. Video editing is for the
time being not suitable with handheld computers Ė on the other hand Ė
the finished product can be seen on handhelds which get stronger and
stronger multimedia possibilities.
teachers and students are really seeing forward to this project. In mid
January the pocket PCs will arrive at school and a workshop will take
place involving all students, teachers, parents and ITU. A web site for
the project is under development.
can read more about the school and their projects in the schoolís
contribution to eSchola 2002.