Last updated on July 23, 2020
Orth has never seen a pile of laptops sitting unused because of a lack of teacher buy-in or Internet access. She described what she has seen to me instead: Fourth and fifth graders are reading “Tom Sawyer” and “Voyage to the Center of the Earth” on their computers, who never would have had access to the physical books any other way. Kindergarteners learning their numbers, colors, and letters on the computer, and first graders using them to design machines and later build robots. In her team’s experience, the computers not only get more out of class, they motivate kids to keep coming to class in the first place because they view the exercises as games.