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ODU Graduate Featured in Daily Press Story for His Use of Kindles in High School Course

Justin Roerink, who received a master's degree in educational leadership earlier this month from Old Dominion University, was featured in a May 11 Daily Press story about his use of Kindles in a business course he teaches at Warwick High School in Newport News.

As noted in the story: "Roerink teaches three sections of the business course, and students in the other two classes used the regular hard- and paperbound books. He offered to test drive the readers for the district because he could compare results between the class with the readers and the classes without."

Roerink was quoted in the story saying: "The students with the Kindles read more. In fact, many of them read ahead."

The story continued: "Kindles also won kudos for another feature textbooks don't offer. The machines can read text aloud, a feature used by all of the students," which prompted the following comment from Roerink: 

"The fact that they can listen to and read the texts, students said they felt more engaged with the words."

Karen Crum, ODU assistant professor of educational foundations and leadership, noted, "I am sure that we are all eager to hear more about Justin's success with this project. Perhaps we can have him share this project in a webinar with our ELS students in the future."

To read the full story, go to: http://www.dailypress.com/news/newport-news/dp-nws-nn-kindles-20100511,0,2660729,print.story/.

This article was posted on: May 12, 2010

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