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[翻译字幕]教育报道 - 缅因州一学区向幼儿园学生发放iPads

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Education Report - A School System in Maine Gives iPads to Kindergartners

教育报道 - 缅因州一学区向幼儿园学生发放iPads

This is the VOA Special English Education Report.


Nine years ago, Maine became the first American state to provide laptop computers to all seventh and eighth graders in public schools. The northeastern state has since expanded that program to about half of its high schools. Now, one school system in Maine has launched a project to provide tablet computers -- the Apple iPad -- to all kindergarteners.


Some people have criticized the project as a waste of money. But school officials expect it to increase learning.


LAURIE GERARD: "Now, we're going to explore ... "

劳里·杰拉德(LAURIE GERARD):“现在我们将开始探索...”

Laurie Gerard teaches five- and six-year-olds at Sherwood Heights Elementary School in Auburn, Maine. Before the students collect their iPad, they say a rhyme to remind them how to be careful with it.

杰拉德在缅因州奥本地区Sherwood Heights小学教5、6岁的孩子。在学生领取他们的iPad前,他们念了段韵文提醒孩子们如何保护好iPad。

LAURIE GERARD AND STUDENTS: "Fingers on the bottom, thumbs on top, that way my iPad won't drop."


Ms. Gerard plans to use different applications to help her create a learning plan for each student. The iPads have been in her classroom since the school year began in September.


Teacher Laurie Gerard uses iPads with her kindergarten students in Auburn, Maine

The principal of the school, Laura Shaw, says the iPads quickly let children know if they answer questions correctly.

学校校长劳拉·肖(Laura Shaw)表示,iPads可以让学生们迅速知道他们回答问题是否正确。

LAURA SHAW: "Kids, especially in kindergarten, are very hands-on and learn best when they're actually manipulating information and manipulating objects. When you have eighteen kids in the classroom and you see ten kids, hands raised up, the teacher does her best to get around. But sometimes with the iPads and certain apps the kids get immediate feedback. They know what they've done is correct and they can move on, or they know 'Oh, I need to ask for help.'"


Almost three hundred kindergarteners in Auburn are using iPads this year. Project coordinator Mike Muir says he believes the computers can help students improve in reading and math. Less than two-thirds of the third graders in the school system are at what are known as benchmark levels.

奥本地区近300名幼儿园的孩子今年开始使用iPad。项目协调员麦克·谬尔(Mike Muir)表示,他认为电脑在阅读和数学上可以帮助学生们提高。这一学区不到2/3的三年级学生达到了所谓的基准水平。

MIKE MUIR: "One of our literacy interventionists was working with several of her students, and, having a hard time with helping them be successful, she finally pulled out her own personal iPad and had them work on some apps for letter recognition and letter formation, and they met the benchmark very quickly and even as she moved on to other topics with these students, they retained that level of mastery."


School districts in other states including South Carolina, Tennessee and Illinois are also using iPads. The project in Maine costs two hundred thousand dollars. Most of that money is from the state and the federal government.


Not everyone supports the project. Computer science professor Elliot Soloway at the University of Michigan studies technology in education.

并非所有人都支持这一项目。密歇根大学计算机科学教授艾略特·索洛韦(Elliot Soloway)研究科技教育。

ELLIOT SOLOWAY: "It's ridiculous! [Laughs] And it's ridiculous not because of the iPads but because of the amount of money. Technology is really a wonderful, wonderful idea, but the problem is that the iPads won't scale. The iPads are not sustainable."


Is the iPad an effective learning tool? Educators in Maine plan to give a report at the end of the school year.


And that's the VOA Special English Education Report. I'm Jim Tedder.

Contributing: Tom Porter