- Teachers in the McAllen, Texas, school district are seeing major differences in reading rates among young students just month after iPads were introduced into classrooms.
- The iPads are especially helpful for English as a Second Language students, who can use the devices to hear English translations of the Spanish text they are reading.
- Educators at Bonham Elementary say the number of books, hard copy or digital, checked out from the school's library has increased from 2,000 to 7,000 since October, and they hope the increased reading rates brought about by the iPads, as well as the use of an Accelerated Reading testing program, translate to better scores on the spring's State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness test.
From the article:
... Instructors at Bonham Elementary and other campuses in the McAllen, Texas, school district see the technology as a tool to boost reading rates among younger students and say they’ve already seen a difference in the first months since the tablets were introduced. “My Spanish-speaking students, they can hear the way it’s pronounced,” third-grade teacher Lorena Guerrero said. “They can hear it first, listen to it first, and then say it on their own.” ...