Tablet Computers Improve Kindergarten Test Scores By Allowing Students to Avoid Talking to Teachers Altogether

tablet computers in use in first grade in Maine

tablet computers in use in first grade in MaineAUBURN — Test results show that iPads used by kindergarten students, combined with new teaching methods, are improving learning, educators said. Recent test scores show that in the fall of 2011 as students began the year, 19 percent were proficient in reading skills. By the spring, 67 percent were proficient, up 48 percentage points, School Department Curriculum Director Shelly Mogul said. In reading, 49 percent were proficient in phonic skills in the fall. By the spring, 80 percent were proficient, an improvement of 31 percentage points. “We made really good gains with our kindergarten students last year,” Mogul said. “My overall reaction is very positive,” she said. Taxpayers’ money paying for the iPad tablet computers “is money well spent,” Mogul said. (read more at Lewiston Sun Journal)