A half-hour after they got their assignment, several of Katie Gregg's second-graders still were at their desks, headphones plugged into their iPads, reading along with "The Princess and the Frog" and answering questions about the story on a worksheet.
But those who were finished were not waiting for their peers.
Sam found a spot against the wall and used his iPad to record himself reading the fairy tale aloud. Brock chose a different story from his iPad and was answering third-grade-level questions on reading comprehension. Another classmate was finding words from a set of seven letters on an iPad app called Chicktionary Coop.
Meanwhile, their teacher and groups of three students at a time were engaged in some low-tech word identification with paper flash cards.