iPad: Help Me Learn
Today I experienced something that reminded me of why I became a special education teacher. A 4-year-old girl with limited communication skills was given a voice when she was able to use an iPad from the speech patholgoist. We were sitting at the table doing an activity and she was able to click a picture on the iPad of what she wanted which then said the word aloud. She was so proud! Although she cannot get the words to come out of her mouth, she was fully capable of using technology to do so.
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Incorporating technology into the classroom setting is a vital part of all school districts- even more so for students who cannot learn traditionally or have extra barriers to their daily living skills. For example, when a child's ability to speak is hindered, she may be able to push a button that can speak for her.
I teach students with a variety of special needs- from general developmental delays to Autism to Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, these children face challenges that you and I can't even imagine. Quite often they are unable to engage in or learn from activities that typically developing children are capable of. Bringing an iPad into my classroom on a daily basis would give these children a significant number of unique opportunities to learn.
iPads in the classroom is a growing trend. The NY Times shares: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/05/education/05tablets.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0
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Why I Teach: I love seeing children learn! In Early Childhood Special Education each child is so unique and has very individualized needs. Some children have trouble talking, some can chat away but struggle to walk, and some can run and jump but have trouble regulating their emotions. It's a joy to determine how each child learns best and how to meet those needs. When a child can learn a skill that he will be able to use for the rest of his life, it's amazing!