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  1. Tania Coutts says:

    Thanks for the informative post Chrissie. My son used all of his savings from his paper run to purchase his very own ipad in July and over the last 6 months I have watched with interest as he has used it for both school/homework and for games and social networking – I am very impressed with the ease in which anyone can pick it up and “understand” it’s functionality. It is easy to see how it can be integrated into education and cater for many different learning needs. In my readings I came across this blogpost which I though maybe of interest.

    http://belindajjohnston.blogspot.com/2010/08/ipad-and-special-needs.html

  2. tmm22@geneseo.edu' Tara says:

    I appreciate your progressive stance on the role of technology in the classroom! I also love your comment on how it supports inclusion for students with special needs.
    As advancements have been made, iPads can be used for a multitude for things. It serves as tools that help students in all subject areas whether it be literacy, science, social studies, math, music, and art. iPads today offer services that not only support the learning of these subject areas but allow for students to create and practice their own skills on them. There are many who believe that iPads aren’t just “tools” but can be a new way of learning in itself. Although I agree that iPads are a great source of learning for young children, I do not believe that educators should rely heavily on them for early learners. Early learners benefit greatly from hands-on activities. Interacting with the physical world around them allows for them to exercise their cognitive skills as they observe their surroundings. Texture, space, interaction, physics, and others are all things that may be lacking in a technology tool. It may be easier to use an iPad for educators, as it requires less preparation, management, and clean up; however, especially in this world where technology takes over social conversations and activity, it is important to allow students to experience and learn without the reliance of virtual tools. Solely relying on iPads can create misconceptions when learning, as they are only interacting with the screen. It can decrease the amount of social interactions, disequilibrium, and resolutions that exercise their cognitive and socioemotional skills. Curiosity and interest is a very important element in a child’s learning that teachers and caretakers must be sensitive to. As iPads and such technology continually become the norm, the factor of surprise, curiosity, and interest that children find in an iPad may fade along the years. In my opinion, iPads should only be used if such fun learning and activities cannot be implemented in real life. It should serve as a supplement, and not as the fundamental source of learning. If the same activities and learning can be done in real life, in a classroom, with interactions among students as well as resources, there should be no reason to rely on an iPad unless they offer more. That’s my opinion on the iPad:) However, your blog touches on the important issue of special needs. If these technologies can help the inclusive model to be implemented in a classroom, I agree that it would benefit all students in the classroom. Thank you for your post!

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