"A low-powered computer in your hand is more educationally beneficial than a high-powered Pentium III computer down the hall," said Elliot Soloway, a University of Michigan professor who has developed applications for the Palm.While I don't think we'll see computer labs replaced in school anytime soon, this program does bode well for the future of handhelds in the education system. With students who can't afford the devices eligible for financial aid the possibility does exist for every student to have a handheld, especially with the discounting on the units themselves. Of course the article does point out one fairly immediate problem.
"Every school can afford to provide every child with a $100 computational tool," he said. "It's simply a matter of priorities."
"Even as the cost of handhelds has dropped significantly, there's still going to be loss. If a student drove over his notebook, it probably wouldn't be damaged the same way a Palm Pilot would be," he said. "That (loss) doesn't happen to a notebook that costs a buck nineteen."You'd think something like that would be impossible to do but sure enough one of my profs last term lost her Palm III to the wheel of her husband's car. Personally I think there's a far greater danger of students playing Dreadling in class.