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Instructor says ‘I-Pad Initiative’ helping students to read

By Staff | Jan 30, 2014

Michael Pawlik, Superintendent for East Lycoming School District, speaks to nearly 100 parents explaining the details of the district's new i-pad initiative during last week's parent meeting.

MONTGOMERY – At the start of the Montgomery Area School Board meeting, eighth-grade language arts teacher Melissa Mabus gave a presentation to the board outlining how her students use iPads to work collaboratively while researching and reading.

“The iPads help my students enjoy reading in a new way,” Mabus said.

An iPad application Mabus uses to teach literature allows her to add prompts and questions right into a book’s text that students can engage with as they work through a certain passage.

The application encourages participation and allows Mabus to check on her students’ progress, Mabus said.

Each of her students is issued an iPad as part of the school district’s Transforming Educational Environment initiative, or TEE.