Angel Taylor, 6; Jose Becerra, 7; Julissa Munoz, 6
Hometown: Chicago
School: Henry Clay Elementary
Device: TeacherMate

Julissa: "We got the TeacherMates the first day we went to first grade. We could read a little bit, but I don't think you have to know how to read to use this."
Angel: "My favorite game is Space Math because I get to play math. I like adding and takeaways."
Jose: My favorite game is Story Read, Record, and Retell. I love reading. You pick the blue button and you pick the story you want to read and it reads it, and we say it again and then we're going to see if we're right. We just need to practice and practice until you learn. If I had a TeacherMate at home, I'd play games. And I'd share it with my sister."
Julissa: "My sister is 1. She can push the buttons, but she doesn't listen. But my dog does."
Jose: "They should change brains."
Angel: "Next year, I'll be in second grade and we won't have TeacherMate. I'll miss it."
Madison Richardson, 8
Hometown: Greenwood, Indiana
School: North Grove Elementary
Device: HP Mini 2140

"We use the cameras to take pictures of ourselves and then we write stories. We use TuxType. The TuxType makes me type faster. I'd rather type on the keyboard than write with a pencil. I'm faster with a pencil, but I like to type better because I get to learn where the letters are and it looks better than my handwriting. I like the cursive font."
Oscar Soto, 8
Hometown: Greenwood, Indiana
School: North Grove Elementary
Device: HP Mini 2140

"When it's time to work on our laptop, I get excited because maybe we get to have free time. We might go to a fun Web site. Sometimes we can learn more information. We learned about frogs and toads.
Favorite game for the whole year? It's Mario Movie Maker. You can make a movie and you can put it in your own voice and you can choose music. It's educational because you can do it by yourself."
Logan Bailey, 8
Hometown: Greenwood, Indiana
School: North Grove Elementary
Device: HP Mini 2140

"There's a program called TuxMath I love to go on because it makes my math skills a lot better. If you don't write the answers in two seconds, the problem crashes into the igloo at the bottom. Everyones calls me the Math Man. There are a couple of people who are ahead of me, but most of the time, I'm the first one done, and I usually get 100%."
Jordan Shakeel, 9; Jocelyn Mines, 10
Hometown: Birmingham, Alabama
School: Robert E. Lee Elementary
Device: One Laptop Per Child XO laptop

Jordan: "I got the XO last year. My favorite game is Scratch. Scratch is like a cat, and you can walk it and you can tell your voice to make his voice and you can play games and make backgrounds. You can make it any color and you can draw anything you want in it.
I like to create my own stuff, like multiplication games and vocabulary words. When you do vocabulary, you see the word and you've got to find the definition. I learned 'hallelujah' this week. It means 'a word of praise.' But I don't know how to spell it."
Jocelyn: "I got the XO last year. I like this better than a regular computer because it has so much to do and different kinds of games to play. We can do math games, and it teaches us times tables, subtraction, and adding. I think I'm better at math because of the XO. Sometimes you can make your own game, and you play games the other students have already made. I made up a game called Math Matching. I did times tables. We matched the problem to the sum. It really taught me my times tables better."
Eliana Singer, 3; Gemma Singer, 3
Hometown: New York
Device: iPhone

Gemma: "I love it so much!"
Eliana: "I love it so much!"
Srijani Dasararaju, 3; Shalani Dasararaju, 7
Hometown: Chelmsford, Massachusetts
Schools: Knowledge Beginnings (Srijani), Center Elementary (Shalani)
Device: iPod Touch

Shalini: "I like my iPod Touch better than Wii because there's more games. My favorite game is Word Search. There's words and you have to find them. The hardest word I learned how to spell is 'clubhouse.'
Sometimes my sister plays. She's good at sharing. I taught her to share. We play the matching game together, where you have to match the pictures. She's getting good at the matching game. She can't do any of the word games."
Angel Taylor, 6; Jose Becerra, 7; Julissa Munoz, 6
Hometown: Chicago
School: Henry Clay Elementary
Device: TeacherMate

Julissa: "We got the TeacherMates the first day we went to first grade. We could read a little bit, but I don't think you have to know how to read to use this."
Angel: "My favorite game is Space Math because I get to play math. I like adding and takeaways."
Jose: My favorite game is Story Read, Record, and Retell. I love reading. You pick the blue button and you pick the story you want to read and it reads it, and we say it again and then we're going to see if we're right. We just need to practice and practice until you learn. If I had a TeacherMate at home, I'd play games. And I'd share it with my sister."
Julissa: "My sister is 1. She can push the buttons, but she doesn't listen. But my dog does."
Jose: "They should change brains."
Angel: "Next year, I'll be in second grade and we won't have TeacherMate. I'll miss it."
Madison Richardson, 8
Hometown: Greenwood, Indiana
School: North Grove Elementary
Device: HP Mini 2140

"We use the cameras to take pictures of ourselves and then we write stories. We use TuxType. The TuxType makes me type faster. I'd rather type on the keyboard than write with a pencil. I'm faster with a pencil, but I like to type better because I get to learn where the letters are and it looks better than my handwriting. I like the cursive font."
Oscar Soto, 8
Hometown: Greenwood, Indiana
School: North Grove Elementary
Device: HP Mini 2140

"When it's time to work on our laptop, I get excited because maybe we get to have free time. We might go to a fun Web site. Sometimes we can learn more information. We learned about frogs and toads.
Favorite game for the whole year? It's Mario Movie Maker. You can make a movie and you can put it in your own voice and you can choose music. It's educational because you can do it by yourself."
Logan Bailey, 8
Hometown: Greenwood, Indiana
School: North Grove Elementary
Device: HP Mini 2140

"There's a program called TuxMath I love to go on because it makes my math skills a lot better. If you don't write the answers in two seconds, the problem crashes into the igloo at the bottom. Everyones calls me the Math Man. There are a couple of people who are ahead of me, but most of the time, I'm the first one done, and I usually get 100%."
Jordan Shakeel, 9; Jocelyn Mines, 10
Hometown: Birmingham, Alabama
School: Robert E. Lee Elementary
Device: One Laptop Per Child XO laptop

Jordan: "I got the XO last year. My favorite game is Scratch. Scratch is like a cat, and you can walk it and you can tell your voice to make his voice and you can play games and make backgrounds. You can make it any color and you can draw anything you want in it.
I like to create my own stuff, like multiplication games and vocabulary words. When you do vocabulary, you see the word and you've got to find the definition. I learned 'hallelujah' this week. It means 'a word of praise.' But I don't know how to spell it."
Jocelyn: "I got the XO last year. I like this better than a regular computer because it has so much to do and different kinds of games to play. We can do math games, and it teaches us times tables, subtraction, and adding. I think I'm better at math because of the XO. Sometimes you can make your own game, and you play games the other students have already made. I made up a game called Math Matching. I did times tables. We matched the problem to the sum. It really taught me my times tables better."
Eliana Singer, 3; Gemma Singer, 3
Hometown: New York
Device: iPhone

Gemma: "I love it so much!"
Eliana: "I love it so much!"
Srijani Dasararaju, 3; Shalani Dasararaju, 7
Hometown: Chelmsford, Massachusetts
Schools: Knowledge Beginnings (Srijani), Center Elementary (Shalani)
Device: iPod Touch

Shalini: "I like my iPod Touch better than Wii because there's more games. My favorite game is Word Search. There's words and you have to find them. The hardest word I learned how to spell is 'clubhouse.'
Sometimes my sister plays. She's good at sharing. I taught her to share. We play the matching game together, where you have to match the pictures. She's getting good at the matching game. She can't do any of the word games."

"A" Is for App

As smartphones and handheld computers move into classrooms worldwide, we may be witnessing the start of an educational revolution. How technology could unleash childhood creativity—and transform the role of the teacher.

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