EDT 704 Reflection

The biggest impact I see with implementing iPads into the classroom is the engagement level of the students. Especially teaching middle special education, students do not have as much enthusiasm for learning. With the iPad, they can explore reading, math, language arts, and other curriculum interactively and for fun, without knowing that they are learning. I also think that the iPad will help students who are nonverbal able to communicate. It will help to stop unwanted behaviors because of the lack of communication.

Personally, I can use the iPad for so many things and have! I have the news and my weather right at my fingertips that I use very often to keep me up to date. I also will use it to help me stay organized through apps for shopping lists, balancing my checkbook, and note taking. Since it is the iPad2, I can take pictures and videos easily and upload them to facebook to share with family and friends far away.

Professionally, I can use the iPad to explore podcasts, videos, and books about teaching and using technology in the classroom. There are also apps that I can explore to use in my classroom before my students use them so I am able to plan lessons effectively. I also plan on getting together with staff in my school that also have iPads to have a discussion on how we are using the iPads in the classroom.

I’ve learned so much from others in the class on how to use the iPad in their classrooms. I’ve also learned many types of apps that are available for different types of content that is being taught and for different age levels.

My presentation I taught was on Dragon Dictation. You are able to speak into your iPad and then put the words spoken into a text format. This is helpful for students who struggle with forming sentences/writing, but are able to tell you a sentence or story. This also helps with learning punctuation and how or where to implement it, as you need to say “period” or “comma” when you need to put them into your text. Great app for students in speech and language to teach how to speak clearly and where they struggle in their speech (sounds, forming words, grammar).