Making The Grade

Making The Grade

CT School Looks to Develop New iPad App

By Brad Drazen
|  Friday, Sep 28, 2012  |  Updated 5:46 PM EDT
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Making the Grade: Forman School

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Schools are incorporating iPads into learning programs.

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Making the Grade: Forman School

In geography class at the Forman School in Litchfield, students are learning about the world, using some of the most popular technology in the world: the iPad.
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In geography class at the Forman School in Litchfield, students are learning about the world by using some of the most popular technology in the world -- the iPad.

The tablet has a profound effect on this private boarding school because most of the nearly 200 students have learning disabilities.

"I have issues with writing and reading comprehension and they're able to give me the support I need," Max Romanoff, a junior, said.

Peter Newmark struggles with dyslexia.

"What happens to me is, when I read a lot for some reason, out of a book, I freeze up a lot quicker. My brain just doesn't want to keep going," the sophomore from Greenwich said.

Apps like iRead allow Peter to manipulate his assignments in several ways, from changing the font size and style to having the app read sections of text out loud. This enables him to complete work that was next to impossible just a year ago.

"It's much easier for me than just reading it in my head because it takes me much longer to interpret the words," Newmark said.

According to head of school, Adam Man, iPads were introduced at Forman just last year and now they're looking to take things a major step further.

'Not just help kids access the curriculum, but actually perhaps change the way they interact with it at the base root, at the level of neuroplasticity, actually rewiring the brain," Man said.

The school just won a $50,000 grant from the Hearst Foundation to develop a new iPad app to get at the root of learning.

Faculty and software developers will work with students to find ways to train the brain to hold and process more information and pave the way to even greater accomplishment.

"As we continue to refine it and find success, our hope would be to share it with others, so that kids anywhere could benefit from it," Man said.

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