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Colleges Mandate PDAs

Is the personal digital assistant, or PDA, poised to be the new technological darling on campuses? It is generating a buzz among some administrators, who are buying into using PDAs for selected classes or departments at their universities. But elsewhere, administrators and faculty members are skeptical about whether these devices can be effectively used as teaching tools, instead of just as digitized calendars and phone books. The devices are used in many medical schools because medical software made especially for PDAs is widely available. Dozens of colleges have started to incorporate, and in some cases require, such tools in other disciplines, too. Dartmouth College, the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA's business college, and Duke and Brigham Young Universities all require students to have hand-held devices for some classes.


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