Devices no guarantee of student productivity

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Two Greenwood seniors were thrilled at the start of the school year when their Spanish teacher told their class they would use iPads each day.

Claire Gallman and Austin Schlenz, both seniors in Jorge Garcia’s Spanish IV class at Greenwood Community High School, envisioned spending the year streaming YouTube and other videos in class instead of listening to lectures. Garcia also planned to have students create digital poems filled with music and scrolling text that they could post online as part of the course’s poetry unit.

But Garcia’s class quickly ran into problems.


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