Miniature handheld computers called PDA’s are not only bombarding corporate America,
but they are also noticeably making their mark on college campuses. The question is,
how much impact are they making on the way students learn and instructors teach.
These devices were born from a simple calculator and over two decades have transformed
into a walking computer complete with Internet access. This paper identifies how PDAs
have transformed over the years as well as their benefits and limitations.
Although there are many pros and cons to using PDAs, it was clear that they can be used
to enhance both learning and teaching if used and accepted in the appropriate manner.
With the advancement in technology and data speeds it is evident PDA’s will continue to
add value to education in the future.
Dr Lockitt has over forty-five years’ experience in education and has written several publications highlighting the effective use of multimedia flexible and open learning. Since 2010 Dr Lockitt has been the strategic policy Director for G2G Communities CIC and in 2011 managed the implementation of the first not for profit, community focused LEGO Education Innovation Studio in the UK.