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My life skills box - iPad application for children with special needs

iPad app for children with special needs The application teaches your child the necessary skills for three very important environments: Everyday life skills ...
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This is a great use of modern technology to help students with special needs to develop the life skills they will need for their future. Within the classroom and at home the skills shown can be used to promote growth in personal care for the child as well as again in grade 5-6

"6.3 Examine the opportunities and consequences including sustainability of using information systems to meet community and national needs

and suggest new applications of these systems."

I would reccomend anyone to have a look at this program to help with the development of not only special needs children but all children.

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Alert Program - How Does Your Engine Run?® Therapy Works Inc.

Alert Program - How Does Your Engine Run?® Therapy Works Inc. | Technology in the Special Education Classroom | Scoop.it
When teachers, therapists, or parents use these simple words to begin the Alert Program®, they enter an exciting adventure with children. The journey unfolds easily with the program's clearly defined steps for teaching self-regulation awareness.
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I have used the Alert program on one of my practicums and have found this to be a great program that allows students to monitor their own functioning levels at any given time. It gives students the ability to understand what they need to help them function at an optimum level in the classroom.

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Reading stratergies

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This page gives many great ideas for teaching reading to students with varying reading disabilities and difficulties. Being able to interpret words and follow an article will help develop life skills that will be important for their life long learning.

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Tablet computers a boon for special education programs in Aberdeen area

Tablet computers a boon for special education programs in Aberdeen area | Technology in the Special Education Classroom | Scoop.it
Julia Kolasch had no choice but to sit in the front of the classroom.

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This article discusses tablets within the special education classroom. It discusses programs that allow students to view programs at a size that they can access without the need of magnifiers or specially implemented programs. Students will then have access to many things that the average student takes for granted. In the digital systems strand of the Australian Curriculum 2.4 states that students should be able to " Identify, explore, and use digital systems (hardware and software components) for personal and classroom needs." This program not only allows students the ability to do this but gives them greater access to much more.

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Special Education Life Skills | Education.com

Special Education Life Skills | Education.com | Technology in the Special Education Classroom | Scoop.it
Life skills are essential to job functioning for students with special needs. Article identifies these essential skills for independent adult living.
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This article explains very clearly the needs of all people to function in society. It clearly outlines the importance of teaching these skills to special needs students so that they to can function independently. As discussed in the Draft Curriculum for technologies in the Australian curriculum

8.7 Define real-world problems and decompose them taking into account usability and technical, economic, environmental and social constraints. This article discusses life skills within these areas.

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Life Skills

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This is a wonderful website that helps students understand the everyday lifeskills of cleaning, planning and preparing meals. It uses forms of technology that most of us would take for granted and breaks it down into simple, manageable easy to understand steps for students.

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Cooking in the Special Education Classroom: Get Kids Cooking and Eating Healthy Foods

Cooking in the Special Education Classroom: Get Kids Cooking and Eating Healthy Foods | Technology in the Special Education Classroom | Scoop.it
You can use these great cooking-related activities to get your special education students interested in gardening, eating healthy foods, socializing, learning about nutrition, and sharing the fun and enjoyment of seeing food move from garden to...
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This education page looks at cooking in a Special Education Classroom. As discussed in the Shape pages of the the Draft for Technologies in the Australian Curriculum, Students need to be explicitly taught including planning, risk assessment and quality control. This website gives great ideas on how to include these areas for students and also help with lifeskills required for the future.

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Op-Ed: iPads Transformed My Special Education Classroom

Op-Ed: iPads Transformed My Special Education Classroom | Technology in the Special Education Classroom | Scoop.it
Teacher Neil Virani was fed up with the sad reality special education students faced and began to change his student’s lives with technology.
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This article discusses the ability that Ipads have to change the learning structure in the Special Education classroom. It explains the differences modern technology made for the students of one class and gives insight into how it can work in your own classroom.

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TeachersFirst - E-READY Special Education Parent Resources

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In the draft Australian curriculum for technology one of the general capabilities is personal and social capability. With a special needs student the ability to gain skills for life is extremely important to allow them to live a fullfilling and independant life. This website discusses the varying lifeskills that are required and ways to help with development. As stated in the  area of Personal and social capability

"Students develop personal and social capability as they learn to understand themselves and others, and manage their relationships, lives, work and learning more effectively."

A good example of where this could be implemented within the Australian curriculum is in grade 3- 4 where in Design and Technologies processes and production skills it states "4.5 Critique, explore and investigate needs or opportunities for designing and test and evaluate a variety of technologies, materials, systems, tools and techniques to produce designed solutions."

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Europe gearing up for e-Skills Week 2012 | Smart Futures Ireland ...

Technology skills are vital for jobs – and for everyday life. European e-Skills Week aims to help as many people as possible to access technology and develop their ICT skills. Hundreds of events are being planned around ...

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In Europe the importance of technology and life skills has been greatly recognized. European E-skills week has been developed to allow students the opportunity to develop skills that will help them to advance in the future. It is an interesting article explaining why the need has arisen and how it will be implemented.

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How to Make Your Classroom a Thinking Space - Suzie Boss

How to Make Your Classroom a Thinking Space - Suzie Boss | Technology in the Special Education Classroom | Scoop.it

Take a moment and imagine a creative work environment. Don't worry about the kind of work going on. Just focus on the space. Close your eyes and picture it. What is that space like? What does it sound like? How are people interacting? Is there movement? Is there evidence of work in progress? Is it tidy, or busy-messy? Can you imagine working there?


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This article gives teachers ideas on how to create a thinking space for students. In any KLA the importance of helping the students to be able to concentrate is extremely importand. One of the aims in the Australian Curriculum is to allow students to become "creative, innovative and enterprising when using traditional, contemporary and emerging technologies, and understand how technologies have developed over time."

By creating a thinking space this allows students the freedom to learn and implement the above areas.

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Maria Persson's comment, May 16, 2013 11:42 PM
Totally agree with you. At one stage in my classroom teaching I got permission to actually work with my students outside and we created learning spaces just outside by the playground and this didn't go down especially well with other teachers who wanted to stay 'indoors and at desks'!
Melita Ryland's curator insight, May 20, 2013 12:19 AM

This article asks us to rethink what we think to be a work space. They outline that a workspace can come in many different forms and still be productive. By simply moving around an changing the workspace can drastically change the outcomes of student leanring and engagement in more ways than 1.

Khushboo Singh's comment, July 8, 2013 8:30 AM
As I read through this article, I am also painting an image of workspace in my mind that can potentially foster creativity. A creative workspace should be such that it enables generation of free ideas and provide opportunities for constructive engagement. The thought of garage or workshop setting or think labs come to my mind. As mentioned in the article, classroom space is very much like a workspace with the only difference that here children are learning to develop things as well as understand how things work. One of the key areas that contributes to learning is the physical space itself. There are enough evidences as also pointed out in the article, that small adjustments to the classroom space can create better engagement and connect to the topic. Depending upon the school investment/pocket size, efforts can be made from improving the physical layout, wiring, designing flexible furnitures, lighting to simple improvements like changing wall colour, movable board, displays etc. These changes will not only lead to enriched work environment but also energise children to think through situations and work in collaboration.
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Teaching Learners with Multiple Special Needs: Life Skills Apps for iOS

Teaching Learners with Multiple Special Needs: Life Skills Apps for iOS | Technology in the Special Education Classroom | Scoop.it

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This page gives a variety of apps that will help to develop lifeskills of students with special needs. According to the Australian national curriculum for technology in the band 3 and 4 content descriptions it discusses how students are expected to "explore different types of information systems that suit particular needs, for example considering how an existing information system could be used to help a person with disability." The apps on this page address the content description and allows students to discover an app that suits their immediate need.

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Rachael Jones's curator insight, October 21, 2013 4:35 AM

A range of apps for developing independent living skills for people with special needs!

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Life Skills Program for Special Education

This web site includes Resources and Life Skills program information for Special Education teachers, parents and others working with challenged students.
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20 Top Video Explanations to Help Teachers Become Tech Savvy

20 Top Video Explanations to Help Teachers Become Tech Savvy | Technology in the Special Education Classroom | Scoop.it

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This page containing videos explains many ideas for using technology within the classroom. It gives insight into ways different resources can be used to advance students within varied subjects with not only ICT but hands on experience.

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Shradha Kanwar's curator insight, July 13, 2013 4:32 AM

great input!

 

Rachael Jones's curator insight, October 21, 2013 4:40 AM

Far out this is awesome if you are a teacher (or parent) and lagging behind in your knowledge and understanding of pod casts, crowd sourcing, the "cloud", blogs, torrent dowloads, apps etc

Thought Crane's curator insight, May 24, 2014 10:35 AM

Has explained a few things to me....

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Techie Teacher: Free Apps All Month!!

Techie Teacher: Free Apps All Month!! | Technology in the Special Education Classroom | Scoop.it

Auryn creates "interactive and innovative kids storybook apps for the iPad, iPhone and the Android Platform. The future of storytelling is here!"


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This is a fantastic way to engage students in reading. It allows students to not only read but use modern technology in the form of Ipads, and Smart phones to enhance their education.

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, March 2, 2013 8:23 AM

Did you know it is National Reading Month? I did not until I read this post. If you have younger learners and access to devices that run iOS (iPad, iPhone) or the Android platform you may download a free book each day of March. The list above provides the name of the book for each day and more information is available on their Facebook page which is located at https://www.facebook.com/aurynapps.