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01/14/14

New Virginia Initiatives Support Swapping Textbooks With Tablets

Daily Press (Virginia) (01/13/14) Bogues, Austin; Pawloski, Sarah J.

Virginia Superintendent of Public Instruction Patricia I. Wright announced that the Department of Education unveiled a new application that allows teachers and students to create content for use on computers, mobile devices, and tablets. The EduWidgits app can be used to create graphs, images, sequences, and times that will support classroom instruction and can be used to enhance the content available in e-books, on interactive whiteboards, and on websites. Wright said that with this app, "Virginia teachers will be able to create their own interactive content using a platform developed specifically for them." She praised the new app and expressed her support for the adoption of tablets, noting that when "loaded with quality content [they] help lighten backpacks and provide experiences that enhance instruction and student learning." In addition, Wright announced the release of a new virtual astronomy course available on iTunes U that can be used as a stand-alone mini-course or as "a supplement to full-year courses in earth science, physics or astronomy." The EduWidgets app is available online here.
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