I have the honor of teaching boys and girls with learning disabilities. Most of my students have speech and language delays. Some do not speak at all, and do not yet understand when I speak with them, while others may have the ability to speak, yet they are often difficult to understand. The fact that some of the students are English learners makes learning even more difficult for them.
We spend our days learning math, reading, science and social studies, all the while we are having fun.
Our school has 3 kindergarten classes and three first grade classes. Even though my students love Free Choice activity, they would rather be in the general education with all the other kids. As my students build their skills and learn appropriate behaviors, they are included more often with their general education peers. When my students join their peers more often in classes, they are more often included out during recess and lunch.
With the Kindle Fire tablets, I will be able to download free apps that students can use to learn valuable skills that they will be able to take with them when they join their general education peers. There are apps that provide independent practice of writing letters and words correctly. Others that read stories aloud students. Research has shown that the simple practice of reading or being read to everyday, is the single greatest thing a student can do to help them succeed educationally.
Students will be able to use some amazing apps that do not require language to use, but enables them to learn.
This may be the most important reason that I feel my students will benefit from the use of tablets in my classroom.
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