Special Needs High School Students Need Access To Technology
My students need two Apple iPads in order to increase their fluency with technology, as well as to engage students and increase interest.
I would like to expose my students to technology on a regular basis in order to increase their fluency and prepare them for life in a digital era as well as for computerized state testing.
My students come from low income households where they do not have access to technology.
Many of my students struggle with basic computer skills including how to research and type on computers and tablets.
I teach instructional classes with a smaller teacher to student ratio for students with mild cognitive disabilities, as well as students with emotional and behavioral disorders.
Having iPads in the classroom will improve student success in several ways. I often structure my classroom in stations, and ask students to rotate in order to expose them to several skills in one lesson. I would use the iPads in a technology station in which students can complete web quests and interactive online activities. This will improve their proficiency with technology and also engage them when learning about difficult scientific information.
The iPads will also help my students with attention disorders, as it will keep them actively engaged at the station and allow them to access the material in a unique way through individualized activities. I have many visual learners, and including videos in an iPad station will ensure that they are empowered and motivated.
For those students with social-emotional deficiencies, sharing the iPads with classmates is a life skill that is not only important, but imperative for succeeding in the 'real world' after graduating.
Integrating technology in the classroom is important for my students who do not have access to computers or tablets of any kind at home.
For my students with disabilities, the iPads will allow them another way to access the material - through the internet or powerful educational apps - and level the playing field to ensure their success in school. I hope to also increase their chances of being successful after they graduate from high school in our ever-increasing digital world
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