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Catching on at last: New technology is poised to disrupt schools

By eSchool News Staff
June 28th, 2013

In a small school on the South Side of Chicago, 40 children between the ages of five and six sit quietly learning in a classroom, The Economist reports. In front of each of them is a computer running software called Reading Eggs. Some are reading a short story, others building sentences with words they are learning. The least advanced are capturing all the upper- and lower-case Bs that fly past in the sky. As they complete each task they move through a cartoon map that shows how far they have progressed in reading and writing. Along the way they collect eggs which they can use to buy objects in the game, such as items to furnish their avatar’s apartment. Now and then a child will be taken aside for scheduled reading periods with one of the two monitoring teachers…

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