PDA for educational purposes? Nan Chiau Primary School will be using Zire™ 71 handhelds from palmOne to make science learning more interactive and enjoyable to students. In a collaborative effort with the Singapore Hokkien Huay Kuan Schools, Nan Chiau Primary will be joined by four other schools – Tao Nan School, Ai Tong School, Chongfu School and Kong Hwa School – as they make their way to the Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve for a series of science field trips on 21, 22, 24 and 25 May. Up to 200 students and 100 Zire 71 handhelds will be in action on these field-trips.

palmOne today announced that Nan Chiau Primary School will be using Zire™ 71 handhelds from palmOne to make science learning more interactive and enjoyable to students. In a collaborative effort with the Singapore Hokkien Huay Kuan Schools, Nan Chiau Primary will be joined by four other schools – Tao Nan School, Ai Tong School, Chongfu School and Kong Hwa School – as they make their way to the Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve for a series of science field trips on 21, 22, 24 and 25 May. Up to 200 students and 100 Zire 71 handhelds will be in action on these field-trips.

Using Zire 71 handhelds preloaded with a specially developed application running on Kinoma Player (developed by Knowledge Village Pte Ltd), students will be armed with an electronic template to guide them on their Learning Expedition. As they embark on the trails, the students can capture images with their built-in digital camera, save sketches of flora and fauna, and record notes about specimens. Thereafter, students will present the results of their Science Learning Expeditions from their palmOne™ handhelds during their science lessons.

“These Learning Expeditions provide an interactive and collaborative environment for our students, and represent an important element of their science syllabus. Incorporating Zire 71 handhelds in these expeditions provides students with a fun, learner-centred tool to capture their adventures and enjoy the experience of a borderless classroom environment,” said Principal Chia Soo Keng, Nan Chiau Primary School. “Teachers also play a key role in this programme– they are actively involved in providing the pedagogy input and content to the electronic templates used on these Learning Expeditions.”

“We are excited to see such levels of interest from schools such as Nan Chiau Primary to incorporate the use of Zire 71 handhelds in their curriculum activity, as well as learning software customised to their science syllabus. We believe students will experience science in a whole new dimension and change the way they view learning,” said Paul Blinkhorn, vice president for Asia Pacific, palmOne Inc.