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Rapid City School Board considers using new technology in reading program

Typing on a laptop, Photo Date: January 6, 2012 / Cropped Photo: Jacob Botter / CC BY 2.0
Typing on a laptop, Photo Date: January 6, 2012 / Cropped Photo: Jacob Botter / CC BY 2.0
Published: May. 26, 2018 at 3:16 PM CDT
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Rapid City students aren't allowed to tweet or post on Facebook at school, but teachers could soon encourage students to send "blasts" through a new reading program.

The Rapid City Journal reports that the Rapid City school board is considering implementing StudySync, a reading program from McGraw-Hill. StudySync offers a class-wide forum where students can send short, anonymous "blast" responses to reading prompts from their school-issued laptop.

Students rate each other's blasts based on spelling, complete thoughts and "careful" language.

Valerie Seales is the director of teaching, learning and innovation at Rapid City Area Schools. She says cross communication between multiple participants is a 21st century skill that can be beneficial to practice in a moderated setting.

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Information from: Rapid City Journal, http://www.rapidcityjournal.com

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