Maine Dropping $200K on iPads for Kindergartners

But will it really improve their learning experience?
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 14, 2011 8:28 AM CDT
A kindergartener demonstrates to teachers how to uses an iPad, Tuesday, April 12, 2011 in Auburn, Maine.   (AP Photo/Joel Page)

(Newser) – Forget finger paint: One Maine city is looking to spend $200,000 next fall to outfit its kindergartners with iPads. "It's definitely an adventure, and it'll be a journey of learning for teachers and students," says one teacher; supposedly, the tablets will make learning more exciting and interactive. But, some parents note, perhaps that money could be better used on other things. And, as one professor points out to the AP, "There's no evidence in research literature that giving iPads to 5-year-olds will improve their reading scores."

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