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8th September 2009, 05:53 PM #1
Using PDA's in a primary school
Is anyone using PDA's in a primary school and if so what are you using them for? HT wants to buy 10 but I can't think of any useful purpose for this age of students
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8th September 2009, 05:57 PM #2
One of mine used them for data logging and note-taking on field trips, but they ended up shoved at the back of a cupboard as none of the teachers wanted to learn how to use them. Some places use them for registration/SIMS.
It does sound as if someone has been at a meeting where their use was praised and wants some without a clear idea of how they will be used...
8th September 2009, 11:46 PM #3
My personal PDA came with a few office apps but they are nowhere near as good as a laptop. Waste of £3000 if you ask me.
Originally Posted by LeMarchand
8th September 2009, 11:52 PM #4
He's wanting to buy a solution to a problem that doesn't exist...
Maybe you should ask him what the purpose of them is, and work from there? Mini laptops would be a more sensible purchase.
I use a smartphone (PDA with a built in phone bit really aren't they?), and it is brilliant for me - but I could list the number of people in the school who would want or use the same functionality on one hand.
15th September 2009, 02:29 PM #5
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I never used PDA phone's ever sinced, i just normally used Nokia. I am quite die hard on Nokia phones. LOLz. by the way those PDA users, how does that phone works? is it nice?
15th September 2009, 04:23 PM #6
Mines getting on a bit (time to wangle an upgrade soon), but I love my HTC Touch. It's a bit underpowered by today's standards, but it plays music and videos, browses the net, syncs perfectly with Outlook, and has a huge range of useful and free software available. The phone is probably the bit I use least, but I've got no complaints about it (apart from T Mobile's patchy coverage in some places): swipe my finger up to select one of my main contacts (or browse the contacts for others) or use voice dial. On the rare occasions that I text it's pretty easy, especially since I installed a better-configured software keyboard.
Originally Posted by ryxin
15th September 2009, 04:33 PM #7
My thoughts entirely - sounds like he's been at a meeting or read something and thought it sounded good. Alternatively, he has a genuine need in mind, to which PDAs might not be the solution, and you'd be better with Netbooks or something.
Originally Posted by localzuk
16th September 2009, 07:00 PM #8
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Using PDAs in school
Hi using PDAs can be very useful for Foundation stage to help teachers gather evidence for the EYFS profile. Its all backed up on a database on the the teachers laptop so its really good for storing data.
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17th September 2009, 09:53 AM #9
True, but... Unless the PDA can run EyeProfile or equivalent software, the teacher is still going to need to sit down at a regular computer and "type up" the findings from the PDA, so how would it be better than a block of Post-Its?
Originally Posted by studentdocumentor
17th September 2009, 10:07 AM #10
I have a PDAphone (G1)...
I use it for email/twinned office phone/VNC/IP Cameras
I imagine staff would find it useful for email but nothing else.....
17th September 2009, 11:26 AM #11
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Please read the AUP!!
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17th September 2009, 04:41 PM #12
I think I've managed to talk the HT out of the pda's but it looks like I'm stuck with setting up 45 netbooks
17th September 2009, 09:33 PM #13
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lol, why buy a PDA for the sake of it?
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