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Pocket PC Support
has developed a series of applications that utilize
the growing number of Personal Data Assistant (PDA) and handheld computers
to interface with CADE system.
Either Pocket PCs or Palm computers can be used as an alternative to the
wireless remote controls to participate in an interactive course or
Communication between the Pocket PCs and the CADE system is accommodated
via a standard TCP/IP link. This allows participants a choice when
deciding how to connect to the Internet and ultimately the Virtual Classroom
Learn.Net has developed support for a PocketPC interface to the Communications
And Distance Education system. The software for the PocketPC includes the
following applications, but will continually be updated.
An example of the PocketPC menu is displayed on the right.
Virtual Classroom Response Device
As the display shows,
participants can load the Virtual Classroom helper software on their Pocket PC
or Palm computer and use it to communicate with the instructor or
presenter. The display shows the course and lesson, a status bar,
question, and potential answers. As questions are asked by the instructor
/ presenter, they will be displayed on the Pocket PC screen. To answer,
the participants click the appropriate answer and then click the Answer
button. The correct answer will be displayed in the status bar once the
question has been answered. Buttons across the top of the display allow the participant to call the
instructor / presenter, respond to signal requests, and chat with the instructor
or other sites.
Virtual Classroom Chat
When the chat button is pressed, this screen will be displayed. To
chat, simply type in the top text box and press the Send button. Both the
participant's text and responses from either the instructor / presenter, other
Pocket PCs, or sites will be displayed in the window below.
Off Line Testing
The off-line testing function
will allow a student to download one or more tests to their PDA and take them at
their leisure. The program talks directly to the DataComm server via
Tests are selected from a pull-down list and a window on the PDA display
shows the tests that have been downloaded but not taken. Another window
shows the completed tests which have not been uploaded. A student can
review a completed test at any time before it is uploaded to the CADE Learning
Tests, questions, and responses are stored on the PDA until they are
uploaded. They are maintained in a relational database structure, common
to both the Palm and Pocket PC computers.
You can use your PocketPC to chat with other participants on the Learning
Management Web. Other participants could be using a web browser anywhere
on the internet and communicating with your PocketPC.
The PocketPC must be initially set up so it knows all the IP locations it
will use in the system. Once set up, the set up program will
not have to be run again.
Potential CADE Applications
- Access Learning Management Web
- Download/Upload Messages
- Download course schedules
- Download course catalog and descriptions
- Download student materials and workbooks
- Download and store course results/history
- View “canned” video courses to media player
- Order new CADE equipment
- Other future applications