TeacherMate learning device targets young readers

An Illinois nonprofit is focusing on the "sweet spot of literacy" among younger learners with the development of a Game Boy-like mobile-learning device called TeacherMate. Seth Weinberger, executive director of TeacherMate's developer, says targeting kindergartners through second-graders will have the most impact in helping students succeed in reading. The device and software -- which cost about $100 -- are being used by more than 40,000 students in 15 states, and preliminary research shows it is promising in helping students to improve their reading.

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