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A, B, C, i: Maine kindergartners getting iPads

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Kindergartners are using iPads to help with their ABCs and 1-2-3s, and detractors worry districts are spending too much on students too young to appreciate it.

Next fall, nearly 300 kindergartners in the central Maine city of Auburn will be given their own iPad2 touchpad tablet computers to learn the basics about letters, numbers, drawing and even music.

They will be the latest batch of youngsters around the country using the newest technology to supplement their crayons, finger paints and flash cards.

Auburn approved the plan Wednesday. Superintendent Tom Morrill says iPads are ideal for young pupils because they are easy to use.

But some people question whether iPads are appropriate for children so young. Sue Millard of Auburn says “a 5-year old is a little too young to understand.”

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