I'm a teacher and a coach on Eglin Air Force Base in Florida. I teach special needs and social skills to kindergarten - 4th grades. My job is to teach and motivate these kids. The research has shown that hard-to-motivate students are excited about using something that is a hip piece of technology, so that interests them more than traditional learning methods. A hand held device Tablet\ I Pad would give these kids what they want, to feel special. I want all my students to be excited and proud of their abilities. On the other side of the coin kids are tough on other kids. I see kids carry around books that they can’t read because they know developmentally that what they can read is not appropriate, and it makes them feel stupid. So by giving them this technology, I really think that it helps them even the playing field because it puts them in a private space. If a kid gets embarrassed in front of peers it may cause the student to shut down and quit trying.
According to leading school officials, Tablets allow students to work at their own pace and with a level of privacy formerly unheard of in the classroom. That can help remove the stigma that often comes with being a special-education student.
With touch screens instead of pen and paper or a point-and-click mouse, tablets can be much easier to use by students with fine motor difficulties. They also help disorganized students by consolidating calendars, memos and notes all in one device.
Thank You For helping,