Preschoolers across Utah gain more access to ed tech

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Children as young as 3 or 4 can benefit greatly from technology, but educators have been slow to adopt digital devices in preschool classrooms, a U.S. Department of Education deputy secretary said Tuesday in Salt Lake City.

Libby Doggett, who heads up the Obama administration’s early-childhood education office, spent the day touring Granite School District’s innovative preschool program and spoke at an event sponsored in the afternoon by the Waterford Institute.

That Sandy-based nonprofit developed UPSTART, a software program that allows preschoolers to get ready for school via a computer at home. About 1,500 children are in the program this year, its fifth. Computers are loaned to low-income families.

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