Palm Handheld-Toting High School Students in USD 230 Offered Wireless Printing
No more “The dog ate my homework” excuses as students can now beam assignments to their classrooms’ infrared printers from their Palm handhelds
April 24, 2001
Consolidated High School District 230 of Orland Park, Illinois is a pioneer in the deployment of handheld computers to students. Nearly 1,700 students and 65 teachers are participating in the program, each equipped with PalmTM handheld computers and a variety of useful software programs, providing an anytime/anywhere learning environment unparalleled in the country. To enable students to easily print their assignments directly from their handhelds, the school district has chosen to implement Bachmann Software’s PrintBoy Deluxe utility, the leading printing application for the Palm OS® platform.
PrintBoy Deluxe provides the convenience of highly readable graphical printouts for almost any kind of information stored on a Palm handheld. PrintBoy Deluxe leverages the power of the company’s Bachmann SDK to create fast, formatted output with almost any printer. At District 230, students will now be able to point their handheld computers at printers equipped with an infrared port and, with the touch of button, the students’ assignments will immediately be formatted and printed on full-size paper.
Many of the classes at District 230 are utilizing the Palm handhelds to collect and analyze data outside of the classroom, and the results are shared during class time. Many of these assignments are completed using applications that can be wirelessly printed using PrintBoy, such as spreadsheets and word processing documents. One of the key reasons District 230 selected PrintBoy is that it is the only application on the market that supports the school district’s document and spreadsheet printing needs.
By enabling students to work on assignments in an electronic format on portable devices, the school district has extended the boundaries of learning from the classroom to wherever and whenever the students wish to work on their assignments. By providing wireless printing capabilities, the school district has also facilitated the task of grading assignments for classroom instructors- it is easier to review and provide comments on printed essays, spreadsheets and other extensive documents than on the small screen of a Palm handheld.
“We hope our handheld computing program will be a model for school districts across this country,” said Darrell Walery, District 230’s director of technology. “Handheld computers enable our students to learn anytime and anyplace. We are very pleased that Bachmann Software is enhancing the learning experience for our students and faculty with the printing capabilities that PrintBoy offers, especially since it integrates so well with the applications that are used most frequently by the program’s participants.”
Software & Services
Bachmann Software & Services is a leading provider of software products and development services for handheld computing and wireless applications. Based in Sparta, N.J., the company primarily develops applications for the Palm OS platform. Its premier products include PrintBoy™ Developer Kit, which “snaps” into Palm Powered™ devices and provides a standard text and graphics printing engine that can be used by virtually any application, and PrintBoy™, a suite of applets that allows users to print highly readable output of most information stored on the Palm OS. For more information, visit http://www.bachmannsoftware.com.
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