Wireless computing uses the radio spectrum, rather than telephone or ethernet cables, to send digital information. The name hearkens back to the earliest days of radio, and appropriately, since wireless computing is very much a young field.
Handhelds in class: Stanford Medical classes, East Carolina University's Center for Wireless and Mobile Computing, medical school, OWLS, UM Duluth's handheld pilot, Western Carolina University - Wireless Palm (TLT report), Pittsburgh Pebbles Project; University of South Dakota.
Tremont Consolidated's clam research with Palms ( http://www.wired.com/culture/education/news/2002/11/56102 )
Experience has shown that portable and wireless computing facilitates data collection, which has certain pedagogical implications. Students have greater facilities for gathering information from the field, thereby. Field researchers can be better integrated with classes (with each other, instructors, experts) through wireless communication:
Synching MP3 player, Palm, PocketPC, etc. user to copy materials from a desktop or laptop to their handhelds (AvantGo, Mazingo, PalmReader, Acrobat for Palm, Fictionwise (free ebooks), Microtitles, Peanut Press, SciFi.com, Writing on Your Palm)
USB drives allow easy, person-to-person file trading. Their low price and good size makes them a publishing option.