Advantages of Using an iPad in the classroom.
iPad's can be used as assistive technology in an intervention classroom. Different applications can be downloaded to assist a student while learning. In this classroom we will be using an iPad for many different purposes. We will be using the Dragon Dictation application for problems that will require students to do writing to explain a solution. Dragon Dictation will cut down on the amount of writing that the students will have to do, but it will also help them to understand writing more clearly because they will have to edit what they have said in the writing.
iPads can combine different assistive devices onto one device.
You can use different applications on an iPad that would normally take different devices to do. In this class, we will be using the money reader application that is featured in the video. Please watch the video to learn more about the advantages of using an iPad as opposed to different devices. I am also including a link to a website that discusses the multiple apps that you can use for students with dyslexia. I am also including a website that has a list of different apps that can be useful for students with special needs.
Misconceptions about using iPads in the classroom.
Some people have said that an iPad can teach the students. This is one common misconception of using an iPad. iPads do not teach students, however they do allow the students to use tools that can help aide them in the learning process. Another misconception of iPad's in the classroom is that students will only use their iPad's for social media or to play games. This could happen, however there are ways to control this. There are parental settings on the iPad that can control access of certain applications. Another way to do this is to have the students double click the home button at the end of each lesson and check which applications have been opened during the class.