We are Speech Language Pathologists in a special education public school in NYC. We work with children with Autism, many who are nonverbal, in a low-income elementary school in the Bronx. They are a great bunch of students who are eager to communicate but currently have no functional means. Our school has very limited technology with no means to provide the support we need for our students.
This new technology will offer a sense of independence that they have never been able to experience.
Often, our students can't communicate verbally, respond to questions, read simple sentences, or write functionally. With this new technology, our students will be able to fulfill their educational needs.
Our students learn best through hands-on and interactive lessons. The laptop will be used during guided reading activities to give our students a voice and allow them to participate in classroom lessons. SmartBoard activities can be created on the laptop for our students to learn vocabulary, phonemic awareness, and comprehension skills in a fun and interactive way. In addition, students who struggle with reading and writing can use the 'speech to text' feature to listen to stories online and create written documents by speaking. The Apple Gift Cards will be used to purchase apps for communication, reading, and writing. The communication app that will be purchased is Prologuo2Go. This app will give a voice to our students who cannot speak. They will be able to answer questions, request, comment, and interact with adults and peers by activating symbols on the app. Clicker Sentences and Clicker Connect will be purchased to assist in reading and writing. These apps will enable emergent readers and struggling writers to take their first steps to independent writing by using words and phrases to build coherent text.
Our students will be able to feel proud of themselves when they can complete lessons that match their needs.
ASUS 13.3-inch Premium Full HD Touchscreen 2-in-1 Laptop PC, Intel Core i5-7200U up to 3.1GHz, 6GB RAM, 1TB HDD, Backlit Keyboard, WiFi, USB 3.0, Bluetooth 4.0, Windows 10 home (Silver)
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