In one corner of her classroom at Hamilton Avenue School, second-grade teacher Karrie Vale sits cross-legged on a circular rug, surrounded by a small cluster of students, a scattering of books and the glowing screens of iPads.
The 7- and 8-year-olds flip through the paper books and read about the life cycle of plants. Then, they swipe their tiny fingers over the iPad screens, typing sentences about the process — “The plant drops a seed,” “The seed grows a plant” — onto virtual sticky notes and dragging them in order of the growth process.
Vale explains that the mobile device “breaks down the barrier of writing” for some kids, including those who tend to learn more visually than others, and “allows all levels of readers to access text.”
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