Sunday, October 13, 2013

The iPad's dramatic effect on special education

The iPad's dramatic effect on special education -

Teachers far and wide have already warmly embraced Apple's tablet for its wealth of educational possibilities, but a new VentureBeat article shows us a glimpse at how the iPad can be particularly beneficial for special needs students as well. Neil Virani, a teacher in the Los Angeles Unified School District, received a grant that helped him put an iPad into the hands of every one of his students, and it's paying off.

Virani uses the iPads to provide more flexibility in how he teaches. Using a wireless camera along with the TabCam app, he can carry out lessons anywhere and have the video streamed directly to each students' tablet. Using this, he can stream lessons from around his classroom or even outside, which previously would not have been possible, being the sole instructor in class.

The content is stored and shared to video sites like YouTube where students can review parts they may have missed or didn't fully understand. Virani now has more time during class hours to carry out hands-on projects and lets the students view lecture material at home. Virani's method of teaching seems to be paying off, as he notes that every one of his students has shown improvement since being introduced with the iPad.

(Via The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW).)

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