My students need an iPad, protective cases, and a desktop computer for computer aided instruction.
Alan Kay, a pioneer in the development of the computer, noted that until technology becomes as accessible as pencil and paper, we cannot expect technology to revolutionize the way students learn. This is especially true for students with disabilities who require technology to connect with the world.
I teach exceptional students with disabilities in a middle school classroom.
These students are incredibly intelligent, able and motivated to learn. My students are highly motivated by technology. Computer aided instruction with the iPad and computers can provide my students access to academic and communication applications.
Research shows that students with autism are visual learners who are highly engaged and motivated by computers, video and related media (Shane & Albert, 2008). One study conducted on computer-aided instruction showed that students with autism attended to computer generated instruction 97% of the time, compared to teacher generated instruction only 62% of the time (Moore & Calvert, 2007). With online instructional programs and iPad applications, my students will have the motivation and tools necessary to reach their highest potential.
Apple Classrooms of Tomorrow (ACOT) found that with use of technology in the classroom, students were highly motivated to learn, had greater time spent on assignments and learning, increased initiative and took more risks.
By having an iPad and desktop computer in the classroom, there will be a profound effect on the educational experience of my students. Most importantly, learning will be fun and motivating for them!
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