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We all know how children love playing with technology. But in a school setting iPad is much more than just a toy. An iPad is an ideal device for personalizing learning and strengthening language skills, especially for English Language Learners in a Special Education setting. We need an iPad that would make their learning more engaging. Because an iPad allows the teacher to differentiate materials and tailor all work to the specific needs of the student, it helps students to immediately and independently take charge of their own learning as they are able to work at their own pace and monitor their own progress. They can practice language verbally on a device that is customized for them, record and shoot video while non-verbal students can draw and take pictures. Educators and students alike can create their own interactive books for viewing on the iPad. Teachers can design vocabulary flashcards that pertain to the particular lesson they are teaching at the moment, they can track reading fluency for each individual student and track progress. There are also thousands of books available that are specifically designed for ELLs that are interactive and so much more engaging than regular paper books. And especially for special needs students who can easily turn pages on the iPad with a touch of a button, it is no wonder that children with all different kinds of disabilities respond to technology a lot better than old fashioned boring paper worksheets. Another great advantage of an iPad is its portability. If you know anything about Special Ed, is that there's usually a main school and a few off-sites. And if you are an ESL teacher and teach in Special Ed, then you travel between sites all the time. I go to 3 sites during the week and it would help greatly my students and myself if I could carry one with me.

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We all know how children love playing with technology. But in a school setting iPad is much more than just a toy. An iPad is an ideal device for personalizing learning and strengthening language skills, especially for English Language Learners in a Special Education setting. We need an iPad that would make their learning more engaging. Because an iPad allows the teacher to differentiate materials and tailor all work to the specific needs of the student, it helps students to immediately and independently take charge of their own learning as they are able to work at their own pace and monitor their own progress. They can practice language verbally on a device that is customized for them, record and shoot video while non-verbal students can draw and take pictures. Educators and students alike can create their own interactive books for viewing on the iPad. Teachers can design vocabulary flashcards that pertain to the particular lesson they are teaching at the moment, they can track reading fluency for each individual student and track progress. There are also thousands of books available that are specifically designed for ELLs that are interactive and so much more engaging than regular paper books. And especially for special needs students who can easily turn pages on the iPad with a touch of a button, it is no wonder that children with all different kinds of disabilities respond to technology a lot better than old fashioned boring paper worksheets. Another great advantage of an iPad is its portability. If you know anything about Special Ed, is that there's usually a main school and a few off-sites. And if you are an ESL teacher and teach in Special Ed, then you travel between sites all the time. I go to 3 sites during the week and it would help greatly my students and myself if I could carry one with me.

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