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Want to set your local edition? Select an edition for focused news coverage when you visit AL.com. At St. Paul’s Episcopal School, educators introduce virtual learning options to their very youngest students. Kindergartners are using iPads to enhance reading and math skills, along with basic lessons with paper and pencil. Video taken Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013, in Mobile, Ala.MOBILE, Alabama Ideas for digital learning are expanding daily in Mobile and Baldwin County schools, where teachers are integrating digital devices to the very youngest children.
By the end of January, the Baldwin County school system assigned digital devices to all students in lower grades, right down to kindergarten, said schools spokesman Terry Wilhite.
Children in grades K5-3 received iPads; grades 4-12 received MacBook Airs. Students in grades 3 or younger are not allowed to take the devices home, as the older children do.
What does digital learning look like in a kindergarten classroom? At St. Paul s Episcopal School in Mobile, it means learning to share, for starters.
The school has iPads in the literacy center, library and science labs used by the pre-K through second grades, and those students may also use the two iPads assigned to every classroom.
In the lower school library, used by pre-K through second grades, there are six iPads available. When the kids aren t checking out books, they use the iPads,cheap ghd uk, said Kim McDonald, librarian.
I have found that with using the iPads, they learn sharing at this level more than anything, she said. Especially pre-K and kindergarten; it s so much more about them learning that skill of sharing because they have to take turns with them. It s a great way to discuss sharing, and we do character lessons in the library.
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Technology is not replacing basic learning, Gross said. It s only enhancing our classroom. I like to integrate my lessons with technology. They re still using manipulatives, so we try and use both.
The technology keeps the kids attentive and on good behavior, she said. They want to be engaged and challenged. It s a great behavior management tool they re so excited to use the technology.
Digital learning can also help highlight students strengths and weaknesses, said Kelli Etheredge, the school s teaching and learning resources director. We don t all learn the same, she pointed out. A worksheet only meets the needs of a certain child; for the others, it s too easy. But the technology lets us take it to another level. The kids who aren t challenged can take what they are learning and do it in a different way.
The result, she said, is more academic achievement and fewer students left behind. They feel more successful. They re more excited about coming to school.
St. Paul s added the iPads to its lower grades two years ago, said Etheredge, who has two children at the school. As a result, my third-grader is fearless, she said. Watching him find an answer to a problem is astonishing. He just looks it up; he knows where to find the answers to the questions that he has.

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The owner of a Bangladesh garment factory where more than 100 workers died in a fire is not liable for the disaster, and other workers could lose their jobs if he is convicted, his attorney said Monday.
Delwar Hossain, managing director of Tazreen Fashions Ltd., and his wife surrendered to authorities Sunday after being charged with culpable homicide in December. The case is the first of its kind against an owner in Bangladesh’s powerful garment industry, which has a huge influence in the country’s affairs from politics to sports.
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The November 2012 fire is one of several deadly disasters that have exposed harsh and unsafe working conditions in Bangladesh’s garment industry. In April, a factory collapse killed more than 1,100 workers, triggering outcries at home and abroad.
Police filed homicide charges in December against 13 people, including Hossain and Akter, in connection with the fire. Police filed arrest warrants for six people they said fled.
Bangladesh, the world’s second-largest garment producing country after China, earns more than $20 billion a year from garment exports, mainly to the United States and Europe.
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    Want to set your local edition? Select an edition for focused news coverage when you visit AL.com.Kindergartners at St. Paul’s Episcopal School use touchpads for learning, but when they get older, they’ll take a keyboard class. (Press-Register)Are we raising a generation of computer users who will end up with back and neck problems?
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    European foreign ministers on Monday sought ways to foster a solution to the crisis engulfing Ukraine, saying nearly three months of protests show the need for the government to reach a political compromise with the opposition.
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    The city of Prague is being besieged once again by hordes of drunk Danish teenagers. Last year s winter holidays saw 30 Danish youngsters admitted to local hospitals for alcohol poisoning and stabbings and other violent injuries. Six were arrested for attacks on other youngsters or the Czech police.
    Christian Hoppe, the Danish ambassador to the Czech Republic, called the behaviour of Danish youth last year reprehensible and hoped that everyone involved will think twice this year.
    This applies primarily to young people, but also their parents, who I hope have spoken to their children, Hoppe told DR Nyheder. The Czech police have certainly learned from the experience and will be more attentive and conducting more patrols this year.
    The Danish Embassy in the Czech Republic has estimated that 6,000-6,500 young Danes will be in Prague over the next two weeks. Although significantly less than last year s 10,000 revellers, the embassy has taken on an additional employee sent from the Danish Foreign Ministry to help keep an eye on the Danish youth.

    Danish police in PragueFour Danish cops will also be in Prague over the next two weeks. The so-called dialogue officers will assist Czech police during patrols and provide advice and guidance on how Danish police usually handle young people who have had too much to drink.
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    His education initiative comes as Republicans are aiming to offer an alternative to President Barack Obama s agenda and shed the baggage of Mitt Romney s 2012 presidential bid and Romney s suggestion that 47 percent of Americans view themselves as victims who won t take responsibility for themselves. Last month, Rubio proposed ideas for retooling federal anti-poverty programs, arguing that states could run them better.
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    WASHINGTON, D.C. – While they wring their hands over America’s student-loan crisis – a $1 trillion debt bubble resembling the 2008 mortgage meltdown – federal officials ought to look in the mirror. Washington started the mess.
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    Years after Sallie went private and dominated the student-loan market, the federal government continues to grant the company favorable loan contracts worth hundreds of millions dollars.
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    There have been a few bumps along the way.
    In 2007, Sallie Mae paid a $2 million settlement to New York to resolve claims relating to improper marketing of student loans.
    In 2008, the Treasury Department found that Sallie’s debt-collection arm, Pioneer Credit Recovery Inc., violated its contractual obligations regarding recovery and disclosure.
    More recently, the Department of Education determined that Sallie Mae failed to report verbal complaints it received from student loan borrowers.
    Warren dismisses government sanctions as a “slap on the wrist” for a lending giant whose net income rose from $530 million in 2010 to $1.4 billion in 2013.
    “While the government has helped Sallie Mae maintain its profitability, it is not nearly as generous when it comes to student borrowers,” the Massachusetts senator noted.
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    “I always thought the strangest notion about Sallie was this idea that it was ‘private,’” says Bethany McLean, who co-authored “All The Devils Are Here” about the 2008 Wall Street crisis.
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