SchoolSoft, a company based in Calif., has taken a PalmPilot handheld computer and equipped it with software tailored just for teachers. The result is a “pocket gradebook” that gives teachers the ability to track grades, attendance, and homework assignments quickly and conveniently.

PilotSoft was designed as part of a total networking solution for schools using SchoolSoft’s RecordSoft administrative software. The PilotSoft handheld “hot-syncs” with RecordSoft to exchange data, memos, and other information with the front office without using a single piece of paper and with no special wiring necessary. The PilotSoft solution offers a substantial savings for schools over a PC-based networking solution, according to its maker.

Even if you don’t plan to use the PilotSoft in conjunction with RecordSoft, it’s still a tool that can enhance teacher productivity. School or district packages cost $449 per machine and include site license, implementation, training, and first-year support.

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