GRAND HAVEN, Mich. - A Grand Haven company that already publishes educational tools such as flash cards and laptop computer programs now is providing applications for the new Apple iPad, according to The Grand Rapids Press.

School Zone Publishing Co. developed three programs designed to help elementary students practice their skills at money, time, fractions and other basic math, The Press reported. At $9.99 each, the applications are among about 1,000 iPad-specific programs, the report said.

"This is the ultimate, by going to touch technology, in addition to having sound and motion you have touch, that just takes it just absolutely to another level," Jonathan Hoffman, president and CEO of School Zone, told The Press.

The company has been developing software for Apple's computers for 20 years. Hoffman told The Press that he has long believed in the use of handheld computers as educational tools.

The Grand Rapids Press, "Grand Haven software maker says iPad takes education programs 'to another level,' will launch 3 apps Saturday," April 2, 2010

Michigan Education Report, "Profit has a role in public schools," Feb. 23, 2007