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Educational Leadership:Strong Readers All:E-Readers: Powering Up for Engagement

Educational Leadership:Strong Readers All:E-Readers: Powering Up for Engagement | Reluctant Readers and Technology | Scoop.it
Founded in 1943, ASCD (formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) is an educational leadership organization dedicated to advancing best practices and policies for the success of each learner.
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It's cool to have a "case study" account of how eReaders have been helping students; however, I feel that this article is very one sided. For example, this article fails to mention any detriments to using an eReader versus a good old fashioned book, and it only mentions the benefits. It discusses how students became more engaged, but it also mentions that it could just be the "novelty" of the new technology.  Could it have been the text that engaged students and not the technology? Could the eReader be distracting in any way, or take more time because students are unfamiliar with how to use it? 

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The best iPad comic book apps and graphic novel apps

The best iPad comic book apps and graphic novel apps | Reluctant Readers and Technology | Scoop.it
A complete list of the best graphic novel and comic book iPhone apps.
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As someone who loves reading graphic novels, I think it's important that they are not left out of the technology conversation. What I love about reading graphic novels on a Kindle is that the pages never rip or fade, and they are always available to read. A lot of people do not realize the impact graphic novels can have on a struggling or reluctant reader, and I hope that graphic novels eventually become more like a regular novel on the tablets--complete with text-to-speech, dictionary, highlighting functions.

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Why Baltimore is Poised to be a Leader in EdTech

Why Baltimore is Poised to be a Leader in EdTech | Reluctant Readers and Technology | Scoop.it
Baltimore has a real opportunity to brand itself as a leader in education technology. There are a large handful of EdTech companies that are already based in Baltimore and with the real problems our city schools face, a self-awareness campaign might push even more developers to focus their products for the classroom.
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Joseph Manko is the principal of Liberty Elementary School in Baltimore City. His school has become the first 1:1 ipad/student ratio school in the city, and probably in most of Maryland. What is interesting is that with this 1:1 ratio, the proficiency on the MSA at LES is at 90%! What an achievement!

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Too Much of a Good Thing? 7 Addictive Educational iPad Games

Too Much of a Good Thing? 7 Addictive Educational iPad Games | Reluctant Readers and Technology | Scoop.it
Though they are marketed as a mental workout for kids, there's such a thing as too much of a good thing. Some of these educational iPad games are incredibly addictive.
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This article reminds me of a segment I heard on the radio about Candy Crush Saga and how it was the "perfect" addicting game: it's the right mix of ease and challenge with fancy colors and prizes. People start pouring money into this game in order to keep playing (something I refuse to do since I am a teacher and I am cheap--maybe my cheapness has helped me not become addicted). 

 

What's funny about this slideshow is that I've heard of some of these games before. I've heard my students talk about Minecraft (and of course how addicted they are to it--I've even had a student make a Minecraft picture for a project once). Some teachers at my schools have the students play Math Ninja when they have earned it as a reward. 

 

When I compare these "educational games" to a super non-educational game like Candy Crush, it makes me wonder if it's a good thing that kids are addicted to educational games. At least they're using their time for something constructive? But, if students develop addictive traits early on, what does that mean for their future? Ugh. 

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Intervention kindles a love of reading

Intervention kindles a love of reading | Reluctant Readers and Technology | Scoop.it
Sometimes the simplest idea can make the biggest difference.
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This article made a lot of sense in so many ways! We always speak of the achievement gap in the U.S., but I love how Billing actually did something about it in Australia. So many kids would be better and more independent readers if they were given the chance to own their own eReader, like a Kindle. It made me so happy to see such a big difference for every child that was engaged in the project. 

 

I also LOVE the fact that Billing mentioned how much cheaper it was to ship Kindles to remote parts of Australia. As an English teacher, I have spent over $5,000 on textbooks ALONE. That's money that could be going towards getting Kindles or iPads--tools that are much cheaper and more likely to "stay in style" long after a textbook. 

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Adventures of iPads in Kindergarten

Adventures of iPads in Kindergarten | Reluctant Readers and Technology | Scoop.it
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While this blog does not seem to be up-to-date, there is a really interesting poster when you scroll down, which show how exactly technology has increased over the years and how it is more beneficial for students, especially when it comes to finances. The average iBook costs $15 whereas the average book in colleges costs $65! That's a difference of $900 a year which is 124 hours working at a minimum wage job!

 

Now....if we only got rid of textbooks and got tablets...maybe teachers could get paid more and we'd catch up to Finland in education...

 

That's a BIG maybe. 

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Creating magic with myON reader - YouTube

It's a widely-known and well-supported fact: Getting more books into the hands of more kids is the single most important factor to improve a child's life pro...
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This. Seems. Amazing. 

 

With MyON reader, kids have access to any book, any time. Students are matched to texts that they would enjoy based on their interests, and it has shown to increase the amount of reading students do on their own. 

 

It also have benefits for teachers in that it logs data and supports student growth. 

 

Only questions: 1) How much does it cost? and 2) In the video, did the district or did the students supply their tablets?

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15 More Apps To Create Books On The iPad

15 More Apps To Create Books On The iPad | Reluctant Readers and Technology | Scoop.it
15 More Apps To Create Books On The iPad
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We often forget that good readers make good writers. It's nice to be reminded that tablets can be used for more than one critical skill: WRITING! And these apps appear to be super student friendly--which is definitely a plus when working with students who can be technology deficient. 

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Educational Leadership:Strong Readers All:E-Readers: Powering Up for Engagement

Educational Leadership:Strong Readers All:E-Readers: Powering Up for Engagement | Reluctant Readers and Technology | Scoop.it
Founded in 1943, ASCD (formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) is an educational leadership organization dedicated to advancing best practices and policies for the success of each learner.
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It's cool to have a "case study" account of how eReaders have been helping students; however, I feel that this article is very one sided. For example, this article fails to mention any detriments to using an eReader versus a good old fashioned book, and it only mentions the benefits. It discusses how students became more engaged, but it also mentions that it could just be the "novelty" of the new technology.  Could it have been the text that engaged students and not the technology? Could the eReader be distracting in any way, or take more time because students are unfamiliar with how to use it? 

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The Best 9 Free Websites That Offer Free eBooks for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

The Best 9 Free Websites That Offer Free eBooks for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Reluctant Readers and Technology | Scoop.it
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According to this article, the U.S. and Canada are supposed to be "embracing" digital textbooks by 2020. I find this super hard to believe. There is no way that people would get rid of (expensive) textbooks that have been used for years, even if they are out of date and are not are efficient or user-friendly. However, this article offered "free" solutions for finding books and texts, even textbooks,  online but for educators.

 

The only issue I foresee with most of these sites is that the students need access to the texts, not just the teachers. How much would it cost to make online textbooks accessible for all students? Could a school district cover the costs of this by eliminating hardbound textbooks? AH that would be LOVELY!

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Ereaders Are a Whole Lot Lighter! - Cheezburger

Ereaders Are a Whole Lot Lighter! - Cheezburger | Reluctant Readers and Technology | Scoop.it
Ereaders Are a Whole Lot Lighter! Favorite. Ereaders Are a Whole Lot Lighter! Submitted by: themna. - -. Share: -. Tags; books · libraries · ereaders. Reposted by; devilgwennie's avatar · liamhoban19's avatar · ThePsychopath's avatar ...
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This made me laugh! Having an eReader has made traveling a lot easier for me. I can read my Kindle at the gym, on the beach, on a place, etc. If I get tired of reading my current book, I can always go to another with a slide on my finger.

 

Imagine if students had an eReader instead of all of their textbooks that are constantly lost and left behind in other classrooms!

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Can E-Readers Motivate the more Reluctant Student Readers

Can E-Readers Motivate the more Reluctant Student Readers | Reluctant Readers and Technology | Scoop.it
A look into how e-readers have changed the way students learn and even motivate the most reluctant of student readers.
Cate Dymek's insight:

I like that this article addresses the different ways that eReaders can be used effectively in the class--they can level the vocabulary playing field for ELL learners, they are universally accessible through text-enlargement and text-to-speech functions, and they are interactive, often containing video and images. 

 

The reading engagement and motivation of boys increased during this two month study. I don't understand or I am uncertain as to how the reading engagement and motivation of girls declined during the case study. Apparently, girls would rather "curl up" with a book, which I find a little insulting. I think boys probably experienced increased motivation because there was technology involved in reading, but I feel like the "decrease" in female reading motivation is unreliable information. Avid readers are willing to read in a book OR on an eReader. Preferring a book to an eReader is different, and I feel that is not addressed or was not discussed with the students.

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Apple simplifies bulk book and app deployment with new 'managed distribution' program

Apple simplifies bulk book and app deployment with new 'managed distribution' program | Reluctant Readers and Technology | Scoop.it
Apple has replaced the unwieldy process of distributing hundreds or thousands of individual redemption codes with a new, streamlined method that allows administrators to remotely "assign" apps and textbooks to students or teachers.

Via Sam Gliksman
Cate Dymek's insight:

This is such a needed change. It has always been such an issue to get textbooks back from students. With this new technology, students are not responsible for any textsbooks, just their technology! Students who easily lose things have no need to worry, and it will be make inventory so much easier!

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Michele Velthuizen's curator insight, February 7, 12:42 AM

But when will this finally come to the Netherlands?!

Jonathan Jarc's curator insight, February 11, 5:00 AM

A much needed feature for those implementing large-scale integration.

Kathy Silvas's curator insight, March 1, 9:06 AM

Heard about this from my campus technologist.  Since SBMS has 900+ managed iPads in the hands of our students and faculty, it sounds like a BIG step in the right direction.

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E-readers benefit some dyslexics

E-readers benefit some dyslexics | Reluctant Readers and Technology | Scoop.it
A new study published in PLOS ONE reveals that e-reader devices help at least a third of dyslexic readers with comprehension, speed and ease of reading.
Cate Dymek's insight:

I like how this article explained that eReaders could be called an "intervention" for those that have dyslexia. Students could increase the size or change the font on their own device without having to have an enlarged or double-spaced, and would thus avoid students feeling "different" because their story is modified. 

 

Not only do eReaders benefit those with dyslexia in this article, but it also says that most readers, regardless of ability, find more succes with an eReader. Even though reading strategies have changed very little throughout the last century, there are new ways to help those that may have always struggled. I think we would be more likely to see eReaders as an intervention for those with special education services first as opposed to having one for every student. It makes me wonder...how long until eReaders catch on in the classroom?

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There’s an App for That -- Using iPads to Support Literacy Instruction in the Classroom | Scholastic.com

There’s an App for That -- Using iPads to Support Literacy Instruction in the Classroom | Scholastic.com | Reluctant Readers and Technology | Scoop.it
Using iPad apps in the classroom for use in literacy instruction.
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Scholastic always partners with schools to bring Book Fairs and discounted books to students. I absolutely love the Puppet Pals app, and I love that they give ideas to help use it. My older students have always loved reader's theaters, and the reading that happens during a reader's theater always gets the kids more engaged. It always gets them thinking about characterization and character development, which can be really hard to teach. 

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12 Stats on the State of Bookstores in America Today - OEDB.org

12 Stats on the State of Bookstores in America Today - OEDB.org | Reluctant Readers and Technology | Scoop.it
Over the past few decades there has been a lot of speculation about the demise of the American bookstore and some of it may not be entirely unfounded. As b
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As much as I love my Amazon Kindle, it makes me sad to think that there may come a day when bookstores are nonexistent! I feel partially responsible since I own a Kindle and Amazon has about a quarter of the book market.

 

There are sometimes when having a book in your hands are just better than not. And of course...who doesn't love the smell of a bookstore! 

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What The iPad’s Popularity Says About Education

What The iPad’s Popularity Says About Education | Reluctant Readers and Technology | Scoop.it
What The iPad's Popularity Says About Education
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"Is it the job of schools to assimilate or educate? And can there be one without the other?"


Even though my paper is about incorporating iPads and Kindles into the classroom to benefit literacy, this article discusses a lot about how this push for technology is a bit much. The way Heick discusses iPads reminds me of my feelings towards smartboards. I have always felt that smartboards will run their course as an educational tool fad, but I have often thought that smartboards would eventually be replaced by 1:1 ratio of iPads!

 

Like Heick says, it will be interesting to see what the "educational landscape" looks like in 10 years--maybe I'll finally be able to work from home! (not)

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Tablets, Smartphones Influence Reading Instruction

Tablets, Smartphones Influence Reading Instruction | Reluctant Readers and Technology | Scoop.it
The number of games, apps, and software to help students learn to read and increase their literacy skills is growing fast, and the tools themselves are becoming more interactive and animated.
Cate Dymek's insight:

I know I write a lot about how tablets would be great for education, but this article made me realize that there is a bigger issue besides just a technological gap. The last point made is that parents need to be more involved in reading with their children. When a parent is engaged in reading, it increases the amount of reading engagement and comprehension in a child. 

 

I love the fact that there are co-reading apps so that parents and children can read the same books together at the same time, and it's even better that these apps and websites (like Story Before Bed) can be used on a tablet OR other smart device.

 

As an English teacher, I am always asked: 1) How can I get my child to read more? and 2) How can I improve my child's reading comprehension? My go-to answer is to read WITH your child, not TO your child. My mom used to do this with my brothers and me. When I knew I was able to talk to my mom about a book, my understanding and critical thinking levels skyrocketed. 

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apps_early_literacy.pdf

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A PDF document that allows you to see all of the different apps to help with reading comprehension that are available for smart devices. They're organized by category AND price...of course FREE is always the best for teachers!

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Reading Online - Articles: Text-to-Speech Software

a peer-reviewed article for the e-journal Reading Online
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Text-to-Speech is a part of accesibility for all, but using TTS is also available on eReaders. What I like about this article are all of the different suggestions with how to use TTS, and how to even use a Reading Pen II, a device that can pass over printed text and read words to you (how cool is that??). Just based on this article alone, it seems like we as educators have hundreds of ways that we can be helping thoses students with reading struggles, and many of them seem to be unimplemented. 

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27 Simple Ways To Check For Understanding

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27 Simple Ways To Check For Understanding
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Would this NOT be the best poster for students? Not only that, but it appears to be aligned with Common Core Standards! This poster shows simple ways to have discussions with students when reading a text, but it can be used in any content and for any text. It. Looks. Awesome. 

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10 Social Media Skills for The 21st Century Teachers | Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

10 Social Media Skills for The 21st Century Teachers | Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Reluctant Readers and Technology | Scoop.it

The potential of social networking sites in education is huge and we need to capitalize on it to enhance our professional development and consequently improve the quality of our instruction. Searching for articles on this topic , I came across Doug Johnson's post on the 10 social media competencies for teachers [http://doug-johnson.squarespace.com/blue-skunk-blog/2010/7/31/top-ten-social-media-competencies-for-teachers.html ]. I like the competencies Doug included and decided to make an infographic featuring all of these skills.  Have a look and share with your colleagues.


Via Elizabeth E Charles, Dennis T OConnor
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I think that educators often hear too much about the horrors of social media: cyberbullying, students posting inappropriate pictures, etc. But with this "Top 10 List," we can see exactly what students can do with social media, and we can make positive connections between students and social media. Maybe if students see the good in social media, they will lose some of that negativity. 

 

What would be great about this "Top 10 List" would be if there were specific content "Top 10 Lists." While this does not have to do much with eReaders, this list still requires teachers to examine social media in a different way, much like we should do with ALL technology and see how we can use it for good, positive change. If students are using Kindles or iPads in order to read, and they enjoy it, a positive connection has been made not only between the reader and the text, but also with the reader and technology. 

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From identifying the best educational tools to managing your online reputation, this is a great social media checklist for educators.

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Le competenze del docente che usa strumenti "Social"
1) Aiutare gli studenti a utilizzare gli strumeti di betworking per trovare informazioni e comunicare in rete con esperti, pari, docenti
2) Conoscere le principali categorier del Web 2.0 e gli strmenti utili per la didattica. COnoscere gli sturmenti a disposizione e utilizzabili nella propria scuola
3) Utilizzare strumenti di rete per comunicare con i colleghi, studenti e genitori
4) Navigare, valutare e creare contenuti su siti social (prezi, slideshaer,..)
5) Utilizzare gli strumenti sociali per creare, mantenere e imparare in una personale rete di apprendmento
6) COnoscere le regle di netiquette e gli standard di comportamento eticon in rete
7) Conoscere e insegnare le regole sul copyright e le questioni di pricacy in rete
8) COmprendere e insegnare l'impolrtanza della gestione dell'identità e della reputazione in rete
9) Scegliere e seguire un personale piano di autoformazione per rimanere infomrato su nuovi strumenti e applicazioni
10) Partecipare nella definizione a livello di Scuola delle regole di utilizzo degli strumenti social

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For development of our teachers.

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Free Technology for Teachers: 29 Days of Android Apps for Teachers and Students

Free Technology for Teachers: 29 Days of Android Apps for Teachers and Students | Reluctant Readers and Technology | Scoop.it

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This was an interesting blog in that it didn't just focus on how to use apps for reading, but it focused on how to use apps and technology in education in general. Not only that, but the apps are FREE! What teacher doesn't love free stuff??

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Almost 50% of Parents Plan to Give Children Ereaders This Holiday Season

Almost 50% of Parents Plan to Give Children Ereaders This Holiday Season | Reluctant Readers and Technology | Scoop.it
Close to the majority of US parents plan to give their children ereading devices this holiday season, according to research. And almost three-quarters of parents intend to give their children ebooks to read on such devices.
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What I find interesting is that 46% of who eReaders already are planning on buying their own children eReaders. Parents who are already avid readers are supportive in developing and encouraging their own children's reading. Many parents ask, "How can I get my child to read?" Parents are clearly part of an answer to that question. 

 

Also, the more students who have their own devices would be able to bring their devices to school. Could there be a way for educators to share types of textbooks, novels, readings, etc. with students on their own devices?

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Kobo Is Using An Augmented Reality Game to Promote eReading - AppNewser

Kobo Is Using An Augmented Reality Game to Promote eReading - AppNewser | Reluctant Readers and Technology | Scoop.it
Kobo Is Using An Augmented Reality Game to Promote eReading

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I wish we could make this a reality for adolescent readers in school! So many students are involved in video games, and they are often our reluctant readers.

 

It would be so amazing if games could be developed for school books. It would be so motivating for kids, and they could see their progress through the book by seeing their progress in the game. It would be instant gratification that books often lack for struggling readers--a video game would provide that instant feedback. 

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I Want to Teach Forever: Easy Ways to Incorporate Tablets into the Classroom

I Want to Teach Forever: Easy Ways to Incorporate Tablets into the Classroom | Reluctant Readers and Technology | Scoop.it

Technology is changing education in some exciting ways, particularly for kindergarten and high school students. eBooks and eReaders, which are already proven to be an effective learning tool for undergraduate and masters degree students, are now being implemented in many primary school classrooms across the country. As a result, students who previously carried heavy backpacks full of large textbooks are now able to lighten the load by carrying all of their textbooks on a tablet. Similarly, teachers are able to teach children more effectively and provide information in new and exciting ways. As more schools realize the value of utilizing tablets in the classroom, more children and teachers will enjoy the benefits of this innovative device.


Via Donna Browne
Cate Dymek's insight:

I've heard a lot about tablets, the good and the bad, and their use in the classroom, but this article gave me a little more insight about how they could be used in effective ways. I like the fact that tablets can be used to "individualize education:" students can use different apps and websites in order to enrich their learning without putting more strain on the teacher.

 

This article brought up an interesting point about textbooks and their use in the classroom. Textbooks are MONSTER books--they are thick, heavy, and super intimidating for students and even teachers! Using a tablet could ease the anxiety of students who may be intimidated by a "book without pictures" or a big heavy textbook.

 

Tablets seem like a great idea, but there is also a lot of logistical issues that need to be addressed when it comes to using them in a school environment. How much would schools or districts be willing to spend? Would every student have one or would there be a "set" (like textbooks) in every room? We would also have to be concerned with students using tablets inappropriately and how we could prevent that from happening. 


 

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