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Tablet PCs speak kids’ language

TEACHING with tablet PCs has been adopted in more than 100 primary schools in Shanghai, according to sources at an ongoing Shanghai Education Expo yesterday.

An open class for Grade One students from the Mingde Foreign Languages School was staged at the expo to showcase the teaching style. The English class was held without paper or a white board, but everyone got a tablet.

They were installed with applications for Oxford English textbooks that offer interactive activities and sound.

When a teacher asked a question, some students raised their hands but others tapped their tablet screens to give the answers.

Student Luo Minming said tablet games attracted him to learn English.

Teacher Zhao Huanhuan said applications make interactive teaching easier and led to more playing and singing in class.

Publishing houses are teaming up with software developers to come up with apps. Sources at the four-day expo said that apps have been developed covering all English and Chinese poetry textbooks from grade one to nine.

But some parents at the expo expressed worries that the tablets would harm the eyesight of children who already spend long periods sitting in front of screens at home.


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