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Knack for Nook: E-devices help learning in Hoover Schools back button

(HCS) - Two teachers and about 50 elementary school students are helping Hoover school officials decide if the Nook and other electronic devices have a niche in the district's classrooms.

The system has launched a three-year pilot program in which Karen Darroch's fourth-graders at Green Valley Elementary and Ashley Fitzgerald's fifth-graders at Gwin Elementary are using handheld Nooks in their daily work.

Deborah Camp, the director of elementary curriculum and instruction for Hoover City Schools, said she has long wanted to implement a small-scale initiative in which every child has an electronic device -- whether a computer, iPad, smartphone or other tool -- for their school work.

"We want to study all the pros and cons now because all indicators point that this is where education is going in general, with more and more resources going digital rather than print," Camp said.

See more of Marienne Thomas' story in The Birmingham News here

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