A couple of days ago, we shared some of Google’s lesser known tools that can be put to use in your classroom, and we received a number of questions about a couple of them. One was voice commenting, which we went into much greater detail on yesterday. Today, we’re going to give a quick overview …
The Top 10 iPad Apps for Special Education T.H.E. Journal The iPad takeover of public education isn't just confined to the mainstream classroom: Special needs educators, too, are finding that iPads can be a vital tool to support independence.
"Children are quick to ask “why?” and “how?” when it comes to new things, but research suggests elementary and preschool students learn more when teachers (and, presumably, parents) turn the questions back on them, writes Sarah Sparks in Education Week.
Sparks reports on a symposium at the annual Association for Psychological Science research meeting held late last month, where panelists discussed how and when asking students for explanations can best enhance their learning:"
"Overall the diagram offers a nice framework for the concept not of 21st century learning, but 21st century pedagogy by focusing on several core components of modern learning: metacognition (reflection), critical thinking, technology, and problem and project-based learning.``
"The iPad takeover of public education isn’t just confined to the mainstream classroom: Special needs educators, too, are finding that iPads can be a vital tool to support independence. What sets the iPad apart from other devices is the simple and visually robust user interface that can be used by almost everyone. It’s also a highly customizable device that can be set up with applications and assistive features to support a variety of special needs."
If you use technology to bolster your understanding of a particular topic, use critical thinking and problem-solving skills to tackle tough questions, or simply collaborate across networks (online and in-person), then you've got some of the skills...
"How do you learn best? For me, it depends on what I am learning. Sometimes I need to take notes, other times I need to think out loud. Some things are easier to learn with another person while with other things, I need to be alone. My guess is most of us have different styles for learning depending on what it is we are working on."