[caption id="attachment_95875" align="alignleft" width="150"] Explore Knowledge Academy's use of iPads drives a project-based curriculum.[/caption]

A dozen Las Vegas second-graders were given a common English assignment one recent morning: Write a story using new vocabulary words. But instead of picking up a pencil and paper, these students launched the Pages word processing application on their iPads and started tapping.

One precocious youngster in the back of the room raised his hand.

"Mrs. Gilbert, can we go on Keynote to do this?" the second-grader asked. (Keynote is Apple's version of Microsoft PowerPoint.)

Katie Gilbert smiled and said, "Sure."

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