This year I am teaching special ed resource: pull-out services for K through 3rd grade students with disabilities like ADHD and Austism Spectrum that make it difficult for them to learn with many other kids around. These conditions make it so hard to focus! Without focus, the learning just doesn't stick. They need small group work in a very calm, supportive environment where everything is drawing their focus into thinking, doing and learning.
Technology can draw and keep their focus--but they should get to work with their peers, not be isolated.
We've been given access to some super-cool programs that are engaging and constantly adapt to what the student is learning and needs more practice with. But all we have are a few small tablets. Not enough kids can use the programs, and when they do--they are working alone.
I want to provide my students with hands-on learning that will also build their ability to build relationships with others! We are all too isolated in modern society, but kids with these disabilities are the ones MOST at risk of failing to work well in groups...they need to build their ability to interact WITH others WHILE they process information. That's overwhelming!
We are requesting several pieces of technology that will allow our special education classroom to be a "Blended Learning Environment!" We have programs like Lexia Core 5, Dreambox Math and ST Math--but when my students aren't working in my small group, they spend too much time distracted or isolated. Modern technology can really work for these kids--but it's very expensive. In order to get all the components we need, this project is spread out over several smaller projects--thank you so much for helping us!
We are asking for large, interactive touchscreens, styluses, an iPad and other materials that will allow my students to both focus and grow in learning WITH others!
Interactive touchscreen technology is AWESOME--students work hands-on with virtual manipulatives! The programs draw my students' attention, give them the activities I assign at their level, provide immediate feedback, give them more challenging questions and re-teach concepts if needed! This allows me to work with just a few kids at once.
My students need so much help to process their learning step-by-step. When they get this intervention--they can learn and grow--and build collaborative relationships. The materials you're helping us get will make their rotation groups very effective--keeping their focus AND giving them the chance to grow socially. They CAN learn WITH others if we give them what they need to succeed.
Thank you so much for helping my students grow in math, reading AND social learning!
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