A Blogger's Insight:
What are your impressions on ipad usage in the classroom?
In the video below, they discuss the usage of iPad apps as communication and learning tools for autistic and nonverbal children in the classroom. Mobile platform games, education applications, and accessories are also highlighted in this video and explored. Please view some of the video below (it is an hour long so just take some time to view bits and pieces if at all possible) and discuss your feedback. To access a list of the apps explored throughout this video:
Email the clinic (firstname.lastname@example.org) and they can get you a list
Now I want your feedback on the following areas of interest:
WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THIS VIDEO?
WHAT ARE YOU PROS AND CONS OF iPAD USE IN THE CLASSROOM? DO YOU AGREE WITH IT BEING INTEGRATED?
HAVE YOU INTEGRATED IT ALREADY OR PLANNING TO INCORPORATE IT INTO YOUR CURRICULUM AND LESSON PLANNING? HOW?
WHICH STUDENTS, DO YOU THINK WOULD BENEFIT FROM IT THE MOST AND HOW?
COULD IT BE INTEGRATED INTO THE GENERAL EDUCATION CLASSROOM OR JUST STRICTLY AUTISTIC SUPPORT OR LEARNING SUPPORT CLASSES?
Personally, I feel that this type of technology should most definitely be included into the curriculum. Too many teachers and administration feel that the classroom is just a place to listen attentively and participate actively. I believe the classroom is a lab to experiment, manipulate and discover new and interesting ways of learning the curriculum through hand-on inquiry-based instruction. Students need to become part of the learning process by manipulating different modes of technology, materials and resources to benefit to the maximum extent possible. This is easily accomplished with the integration of any and all types of AT devices in the classroom, iPads being the latest evolution of technology. Furthermore, I also believe that all students could benefit from the use of iPads into the curriculum whether it is manipulating worksheets, games or just for researching and answering. Demonstrated in this video there are so many methods of apps and resources provided on the iPad that can and should be integrated into each individual classroom. Such a great tutorial with concrete information and ways to include this types of technology!
Later in this module, you will examine the different perspectives of families, parents, children and/or teachers on the use of iPads in diverse situations and scenarios. Well look at the differences between others and preferences. Stay tuned for more!!