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Old 09-14-2005, 01:22 PM   #1
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"The Mobile Wireless Classroom (MWC) is a transportable, self-contained classroom set of handheld computers and a centralized server for electronic polling, quizzing, testing, assessment, and streaming audio & video, connected via an ad hoc wireless network. In a nutshell, the MWC is a set of 30 Pocket PCs stored in a custom built cart (complete with charging cradles, laptop server, projector, and wireless access points) that can be moved to any classroom on campus and used by any instructor in any subject."

Sound futuristic? Actually, it was rolled out in 2003 at Eastern Washington University for a Microbiology class. It "got very positive reactions from the students and the instructor."

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Old 09-14-2005, 11:00 PM   #2
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What a cool idea! It works, and has been for almost 2 years; not a bad effort. It also sounds like the concept is becoming more popular there as time progresses, so it would be interesting to see how its acceptance and use will grow in another year or so (especially with some of the newer VGA devices about).

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Old 09-15-2005, 11:30 AM   #3
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Very cool. Hence, I need to go back to school so I can be in a class like this
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Old 09-15-2005, 09:27 PM   #4
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Funny when I was still in class, teachers explicitely asked us to put away all gadgetry.... how the times change.
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Old 09-16-2005, 07:05 AM   #5
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Heh, we couldn't even have calculators until I nearly finished school, and that was in the mid 1980's (erm...)

I remember using books of log tables.... <sigh> I _am_ getting old!

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