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TAP- it Interactive Whiteboard for Special Needs

Item #: TAPIT-001 | Grades K-12

TAPit is the first ADA compliant interactive learning station designed to recognize the difference between an arm resting upon the screen and a finger or assistive device intentionally tapping an image. The TAPit platform is within reach for people using wheelchairs, walkers or other mobility devices, providing full access to the screen with easy adjustments that adapt to individualized needs.

"“It’s very prominent in the classroom. All students are very motivated when they see it. They’re excited to reach up and touch it and to take their turn at it. Just being motivated to participate in the activity has been a big thing.”
  • Ashleigh Dzurik, Teacher in the Elizabeth Lee Black School at the Barber National Institute

Main Features

The TAPit is designed under the principles of Universal Design for Learning to create an adaptable workstation that grants access to digital information in multiple ways. It also allows those who need to lean or balance on the workstation to do so without recognizing that unintended touch, and allowing them to continue to interact with the screen. With the touch of a button, the TAPit platform can move up or down and the 42? interactive LCD panel can be tilted from 0 – 90 degrees.

The TAPit platform works with virtually all educational and assistive software programs that you’re currently using. Name a program, and TAPit makes it better in a big way. The large, touch-sensitive screen supports the use of on-screen keyboards or voice recognition for typing; switch/scanning for mouse control or cause/effect programs; screen readers for text-to-speech capability; as well as screen magnification programs.

The TAPit’s motorized height and tilt adjustment allow the workstation to be customized to a specific user or group of users’ needs. Everyone can benefit from the various heights the TAPit reaches. The tilt adjustment accommodates users in wheelchairs, walkers and other mobility devices who cannot access a wall-mounted interactive white board.

- 42” commercial grade LCD monitor with external speakers and Intended Touch Technology

- Monitor is shatter-resistant, scratch-resistant and moisture sealed

- Stand moves up and down and tilts from 0-90 degrees with motorized touch control

- Tip-resistant stand is on 5” anti mar, anti-microbial locking casters for easy mobility

- Monitor bezel and stand have texture and purple finish for special needs application

- 3-year parts and labor warranty

"The board is portable, adjustable in height, and has the ability to tilt and assist students who need support as they access the touch screen.” - Paula Ramsey, Special Education Teacher – Twin Rivers Unified School District

Research Study

Researchers at East Carolina University completed a study involving 8 autistic children to determine how effective the TAPit and Vizzle® software from Monarch Teaching Technologies would be for these students.

All students in the study exceeded expectations! Read the report here

Fine Motor Delays

Anyone can operate the screen using a finger, assistive device, or reach stick. Large icons help them select the correct target to make their choices. This helps to accommodate their lack of precision and accuracy in directing the mouse pointer, also aiding with involuntary arm movements. The work area is designed to ensure that the majority of users are able to reach the entire surface.

Developmental Delays

The TAPit platform offers ongoing visual reinforcement to complement lessons and improve functional capabilities. While their eye movement increases, users with ASD, ADD, etc, can track content with greater ease. The physical interaction and visual stimulus offers an additional sensory channel to help process information.

Visually Impaired

The TAPit platform works with any software on your computer allowing teachers and therapists to resize text and graphics, adjust brightness or contrast controls, and enlarge images or change background colors within seconds. The low-glare, matte finish display is shadow-free, providing optimal viewing for low-vision users.

Software Bundles (sold separately)

A wide array of special needs interactive software have been tested for use with the TAPit. From students on the Autism Spectrum to reading intervention, there's something for all your students. See bundle options here.
Lesson Plan Name Grades
Claymation Video Lessons 5 to 12
Students will create simple 3D oil-based clay characters, which will move through 2D student-created environments(stop-action videography). Students will narrate the stories thus created.
Let's Rock and Roll K to 5
Photograph rock formations in the area and how the land was formed through erosion, land upheavals, and sediment building.
Exploring My Environment for Speech and Language K to 5
Student will photograph objects containing their targeted speech sounds and/or items in selected categories. These photographs will be used in a power point slide show for individual drill and copied to establish a "visual library".
Producing a Franchise to encourage global awareness, increased, informed decision making about health, peer relationships and education. 7 to 8
The students will determine categories of franchises from which to work out media productions for weekly broadcasts on our school news show.
Weather Watchers 2 to 5
Students will observe weather collecting data from hand made and scientific instruments and the internet weather resources. They will correspond with weather professionals and devise their own weather forecasting video using their knowledge and vocabulary.
Thanksgiving Feast 6 to 8
Every year the students in our Life Skills Support class at Beaty Warren Middle School take on the huge task of planning and preparing a Thanksgiving dinner for approximately 80 family, faculty, and staff. Under the direction of the special education teachers and classroom aides, the students decide who to invite, develop a menu, find recipes, make grocery lists, and begin to shop at the local grocery store. The students make placemats, decorations, signs, and a place card for each guest.
New School Mural P-K to 12
Students will use digital images to create a mural for one of the walls next to the breezeway doors.
Electricity - how it works and how we measure and pay for it! 6 to 12
What is electricity, and where can we see it in our daily lives. This lesson is primarily informational, providing an easy-to-understand description of electricity and how it is literally all around us.
High School Energy Audit 9 to 12
You will take scientific measurements, question school staff, and obtain various kinds of information related to how your school uses energy. As you finish each investigation, you will write a scientific report with graphs and recommendations and present it to school officials.
Fit or Fat? 6 to 8
Students will be involved in a Science and Health lessons that involve nutrition and exercise. They will create Healthy Snacks and exercise profiles for the class.