An Illinois nonprofit has created a math and literacy product for students in kindergarten through second grade that features educational software on hand-held computers. Seth Weinberger, the president of Innovations for Learning, says that TeacherMate, which costs $100, can be a cost-effective alternative to textbooks. Research shows that the gadgets have been successful in improving student reading scores, and a TeacherMate iPhone application is expected to launch next year.

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