EDU 962 iPads for Special Education
Examines the design of instructional strategies and creation of learning networks to enhance the development of digital skills for learners with special needs. Explores resources for differentiating instruction and monitoring learner progress, with a view toward optimizing tablet applications that support learners with special needs.
This project-oriented, hands-on course will enable candidates to develop strategies for the effective integration of the iPad into their classrooms. Using the iPad with its many apps and features to support learners of all ability levels will be emphasized. Candidates will develop various projects using the iPad and various apps for curriculum enhancement, communication, record keeping, and assessment. Additionally, candidates will build a professional learning network to support the implementation and development of 21st century skills. Additionally, this course will provide resources for differentiating instruction as well as monitoring learner progress.
Participants will be required to provide their own iPad with the most current operating system. A variety of free and paid apps will be shared throughout the course. Participants should have experience with basic iPad navigation, maneuvering between apps, and familiarity with general settings.
*Participants in this course will have several mandatory, synchronous, video conference sessions. The dates and times are listed on each course registration page.
See what other educators are saying about this course
This course gave me strategies to increase student engagement.C.R., Special Education Teacher
I thought researching apps and sharing apps was a great way to explore things that I have never seen before.J.S., Special Education Teacher
Content specific to the area I teach. Work produced during this course will be used in the future in my classroom.T.B., Special Education Teacher
It related all to special education and I could use all we talked about in my classroom.B.M., Special Education Teacher
This class has helped me to include my students in their progress monitoringA.M., Reading Specialist
What I really liked about this course is that everything I learned could have been applied to a classroom situation. The information was specifically targeted to special education classrooms, but would also benefit regular education students. I also liked that we could use the platform of our own choosing to create our graded assignments. I could learn a new platform, for example, cscreencasting while I was creating an evaluation of an app.T.B., Special Education Teacher
The information in this course was very valuable to my current teaching placement. It allowed me to investigate ways to enhance instruction and student engagement.C.R., Special Education Teacher
My students will learn and gain benefits from useful/helpful technology in their lives.T.B., Special Education Teacher
I loved this course. The course content was very applicable to my classroom.S.A., Special Education Teacher
I really enjoyed all the resources that were practical! I also enjoyed the flexibility of the course.J.S., Special Education Teacher
This class gave me an opportunity to explore apps that were specific to my own classroom and action plan.A.M., Reading Specialist
I believe it will shape how I look at instructional uses with iPads, and has already caused me to think of changes I want to make in my classroom.J.S., Special Education Teacher
I will always have a fully inclusive classroom with students who have special needs, and we are 1:1, so I can now use applications on the iPads that are applicable to them.E.R., Elementary Teacher
The discussion aspect with all the other participants and how they used these applications in real life settings. It made it more authentic.E.R., Elementary Teacher
It was valuable in helping me to use what I feel comfortable with in another way.C.G., Elementary Teacher