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Science in Mind

Learning science concepts using the iPad

Technology is often seen as a powerful way to improve education, but just handing out the latest gadgets won’t by itself improve how children learn. That’s something educators and administrators are wrestling with, as schools experiment with rolling out iPads and tablets.

Enter Matthew Schneps, a researcher at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics who studies dyslexia and has long been intrigued by technology’s potential to help people with this learning disability, who often struggle in an education system dominated by the textbook. The discoveries he has been making about how people with dyslexia analyze blurry images and read faster on hand-held devices led him to wonder about what kinds of non-text-based learning might be enabled by technology.

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