The GoKnow Handheld Learning Environment is a suite of task-appropriate learning tools created for the Palm OS and based on the work of researchers at the University of Michigan’s Center for Highly Interactive Computing in Education (HI-CE). GoKnow Inc., a spin-off company of Hi-CE, now sells the tools that HI-CE created and once offered free of charge. This allows the suite’s creators to better maintain, distribute, and support the software, while enabling HI-CE to focus on additional research and development, says Elliot Soloway, CEO of GoKnow and a University of Michigan professor. The full suite, which sells for $19.95, includes a comprehensive classroom management tool and a set of lesson plans that help teachers integrate handheld technology into the curriculum. Other applications enable teachers to assign worksheets, eBooks, and quizzes to students’ handheld computers; monitor applications on student handhelds; and delete inappropriate applications from students’ handhelds. Using the suite, students can create concept maps, write text, draw and animate pictures, capture web pages, and create presentations. “Based on four years of research and testing in classrooms, Handheld Learning Environment … provides students and teachers with truly usable and highly effective education technology,” Soloway says.
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