Creative, Cool & Crazy

Wendy (my better half) and I had the chance to meet Tony Vincent prior to his keynote address at MAHC 2006 and chat about some tools to use for her classroom. Tony’s keynote was about the creative, crazy and cool ways to use handheld computers in classrooms.

Creative uses:

  • Contacts – create a category in your contact list for ACRONYM’s or vocabulary. Simply put the word or acronym in the last name field and create a custom field titled definition or description.
  • Picture viewers – displaying photos of science experiments such as capturing photos of daily plant growth or weather related photos such as clouds
  • Handybase ($30 – Palm/PocketPC) – create a behavior log of student behaviors. This was handy because in just a few taps you can create a log of behavior instantly with an automatic time and date stamp. Handybase has a large catalog of databases. Tony has a .pdf document that describes how to create a custom made database.

Crazy uses:

  • Transparent Desktops photos – not much educational value other than using photo editing software
  • Stressed (Palm) – fun app for relieving stress of using handhelds, take the virtual hammer and smash the screen

Cool (FREE) Stuff:

  • MathAce (Palm)
  • Silly Sentences (Palm)
  • GoneMad (Palm)
  • Dropairs (Palm) – pair boards are available for download or you can create your own using an application for Windows
  • TicTac15 (Palm) – TicTacToe with an addition twist
  • e-reader (PocketPC)
  • Quizzler (PocketPC)
  • TCPMP – plays a variety of audio and video file formats including .mp3 and .mp4 formats standard for podcasts
  • 9Poll
  • StyleTap will emulate PalmOS software on WindowsMobile devices, beaming is possible, however syncing will not work properly.
  • Moon Phase
  • Storm Voice & FlashBoom
  • Illusion (Palm)
  • NumberTranslator (PocketPC)
  • Match Who Edit (Palm)
  • Decision Maker (PocketPC) a magic-8 ball type application

Tony is energetic and very approachable and what I like about him is that he is practical. The software he shares is free or if there is a cost involved the and The above applications are linked at Tony’s website along with more information. You can read Tony’s notes of the MAHC Conference at www.learninginhand.com/notes.

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