Chapter 3. Pocket Rockets
The Past, Present, and Future of Children's Portable Computing
Children's Technology Review, U.S.A.
This chapter takes a broad look at the category of small digital devices used by children up to age 15. It begins with a look at how one child uses a Web-enabled cell phone and discusses the need to redefine the digital immigrant/digital native classifications. An examination of existing devices follows, with a categorization of 11 types of devices, along with a chronological listing of 44 noteworthy products. Several scenarios are provided describing how these devices might influence the children of the 21st century, along with a reminder that every educational reformer seems to find a champion in a gadget. ...