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Workshop focuses on K-12 handheld computing

July 1, 2004

KALAMAZOO--Using handheld computers in elementary and secondary schools will be the focus of an in-depth workshop Wednesday through Friday, Aug. 11-13, in the Fetzer Center on Western Michigan University's main campus in Kalamazoo.

"Implementing Handheld Computers in the Classroom" will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 11, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 12 and 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 13. It is being sponsored by WMU's College of Education and GoKnow Inc., a company founded by members of the University of Michigan's Center for Highly Interactive Computing in Education.

According to GoKnow's Web site, it offers products that "uniquely integrate the use of technology, instructional design, and professional development to support educators and students in inquiry-based learning activities."

Michael Curtis, curriculum and professional development manager for GoKnow, will be the workshop instructor. Curtis will present an overview of handheld computers and cover topics such as: the benefits of using handheld computers in education; setting up and managing handhelds in the classroom; synchronizing and installing software; educational software tools; advanced software resources; curriculum integration; finding classroom resources; budget, policy, and technical considerations for schools; and assessment and management strategies.

The $499 workshop fee, due by July 28, includes a light breakfast, lunch and afternoon refreshments on the workshop's first two days and a light breakfast on the final day. In addition, those attending the workshop will receive the "GoKnow Manual for Implementation of Handheld Computers in Schools," which is billed as the most comprehensive resource available on handheld computers in schools.

For an additional fee of $10, attendees may earn six Michigan State Board Continuing Education Credits. For some additional task work and an additional fee based on current tuition and fees, attendees may earn two hours of undergraduate or graduate academic credit from WMU.

More information as well as registration details and a workshop brochure are available by calling WMU's Conferences and Seminars office at (269) 387-4174 or visiting the Web site at <www.wmich.edu/conferences>. More information about GoKnow is available at <www.goknow.com>.

Media contact: Jeanne Baron, 269 387-8400, jeanne.baron@wmich.edu

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