Fear Giving Way to App-Friendly Classrooms

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Friday, August 10, 2012

Once upon a time, in the not too distant past, school officials and parents feared the worst if smartphones and digital tablets fell into the hands of children at school.

But today, more schools, teachers and even parents are discovering the educational wonders of technology -- yes, even video games and gaming apps -- when it comes to the three Rs.

More than half of American teachers say they use digital games in their classrooms, according to a national survey of 500 kindergarten through eighth-grade teachers conducted by the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop.

Recognizing the power of the app, Lincoln Public Schools has expanded its offering to students, families and teachers and continues to explore new ways to incorporate digital communication into the curriculum.

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