Kindergarten class takes cutting-edge approach to learning


Learning at their fingertips: Eastern Hancock kindergarten students Alaina Parker (left) and Atlanta Andrew work on iPads in Bethany Stacey's class. Five iPads are available for students to use. Stacey also uses surround sound and a microphone system to help with her classroom instruction. (Tom Russo/Daily Reporter)

A versatile tool: Eastern Hancock kindergarten teacher Bethany Stacey uses her iPad during class. (Tom Russo/Daily Reporter)

CHARLOTTESVILLE — As he eagerly awaited his turn to play with an iPad on Wednesday, kindergartner Aron Harris had a simple explanation for why he likes the computers more than anything else in the classroom.

“’Cause the rest are boring,” said the freckled tyke.

While teacher Bethany Stacey hopes the other hands-on activities in her Eastern Hancock classroom aren’t “boring,” there’s no doubt her students are latching on to the five new iPads as a way to learn reading, writing and math.

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