More and more often, kids have access to tablet computers--They share their parents' devices, have their own, or their school hands them out.
Sure, some parents use iPads as little more than distraction devices to keep kids quiet during a dinner out.
But for many educators and parents, the hope is that tablets could be a tool to help kids learn to read. Right now, only about a third of 4th graders have reading skills that are considered proficient.
Could iPads and other tablets help? There's reason to be hopeful.
But, he says, tablets are still only a tool. Teaching kids literacy skills will always require caring and responsive adults.