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Can an iPad Solve the Literacy Crisis?

As educators and parents of young children look to interactive technology to engage kids in literacy learning, many are asking the question, "Can the iPad help solve the literacy crisis?" This session will sort out a new approach to literacy development to end the pointless debate on tech as either a magic elixir or overhyped menace. Lisa Guernsey of New America will lead the session with Susan Neuman, professor of Early Literacy at NYU, Michael Levine, executive director of the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshops, and Stephanie Dua, founder and CEO of the Learn With Homer learn-to-read app. The group will grapple with the perils and promise of literacy learning through technology.

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  3. How can developers, researchers and educators work together to tame the Digital Wild West of literacy apps & provide products teachers/parents trust?



Keith Meacham, Dir of Educational Partnerships, Homer Learning

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