Is this the future of education: the micro PC.

Listening to the Business Week Technology in Review of the FlipStart, I simply had to stop folding laundry and blog.

This little device has a 5 hour battery life and wifi access built in along with a regular keyboard (albeit a little smaller than regular). You can really do just about anything on this little gizmo, write, research, surf.

The drawbacks according to the podcast: the Windows interface design isn't great for anything smaller than a 12″ display — this one has a 5 1/2 inch display however using the zoom feature with web pages seems to be quite nice.

In terms of category, this device sits somewhere in between the Smart Phone and the Laptop Computer.

I think the future will rest in the hand of our students!

However, I still think that such devices will somehow interface via wi fi with full sized projected keyboards (see image) and the super-thin monitors (see image) that could be built literally into student desks.

And yes, that is a real, fujitsu monitor!

OK, back to laundry!

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Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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Mrs. R. Martin April 7, 2007 - 3:42 pm

I just saw this very device in the USAir SkyMall Magazine! Sometimes they have the most unusual gadgets, but this may have some promise!

Mrs. R. Martin April 7, 2007 - 3:45 pm

Here is another device I found in SkyMall, but I put it on a page for student interaction:

I don’t think I would like this very much, I can’t even use bifocals!

Andrew Pass April 7, 2007 - 8:35 pm

Hi Vicki,

Not that it’s directly related but yesterday I had a virtual conversation with somebody about the heavy weight of backpacks. The person hoped that computers would soon replace textbooks so that kids could carry less. We certainly have the technology for this, when are we going to do it?

Andrew Pass

J Wolf April 7, 2007 - 8:47 pm

This devide cought my attention. I don’t think is would be very useful for large amounts of data entry because of the small keyboard. But who knows, younger users are pretty fast and entering data with just their thumbs! If the device could be attached to a projector, it would be great for presentations where you are mostly showing premade data or sites. Time will tell.

Vitruvian April 7, 2007 - 9:09 pm

Amazing how quickly things are changing. This makes the Palm Pilot I use look old fashioned and quaint… and those around me think I’m high tech. If I showed up with this one they would think I just stepped out of The Matrix!

Andy April 10, 2007 - 11:55 pm

I have been using both a Sony UX micro PC and Sony TX laptop for a yea now in my teaching. I think the Sony UX 90 I have is even more advanced than the flipstart since it has 1 gb of ram compared to 512 with the flipstart. And it ihas a 32 gb solid state drive (not a hard drive, no moving parts, complete flash memory). I combine them with projectors, white boards and a mimio and I no longereven use a blackboard.

Get GED Online May 17, 2011 - 7:02 am

Personally i think future of education is online education so we should now more focus on

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