I am the PreK-5th grade computer teacher at my school. This DonorsChoose.org project is for the youngest students; several students have disabilities and would benefit from the touchscreen. We use iPads daily in our technology class.
This project will reach my two preschool classes.
Each class consists of students with special needs between the ages of 3 and 5 years old. All students, in these two classes, have an IEP and work hard. Students would benefit from using the iPad as they are less frustrating for first-time tech users and helpful to students with disabilities.
The advantage of having an iPad for this early grade level is the touchscreen. This will allow me to create learning stations based on the student's abilities and needs. The ease of use of a touchscreen would be helpful to engage students while learning to use a digital device and help eliminate frustration.
Some students are using digital devices for the first time and, at times, may only receive exposure to this type of technology at school.
Having a touchscreen iPad will allow my students that have disabilities to participate in enjoying and exploring educational activities and games while practicing and promoting digital skills.
Students at this young age of 3-5 years old learn through play, and I do not want their inabilities to hinder this process.
The iPad will provide a new learning station that will allow students to promote both the academic and the digital skills necessary to transition students to a computer and mouse in the following year.
Many academic learning games are available on the iPad and can be accessed by young students.
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