I believe iPads and their use in educational settings have incredible implications for learning and learning outcomes. I’ve trialed using iPads across the main curriculum areas in my classroom with students who have autism and special needs and there were significant improvements across the board.
There is significant research on how Technology Assisted Learning can enhance the learning of children with disabilities. Given that information, I sought to improve my students' chance of success using technology and from the results I believe the iPad can revolutionise the education of children with disabilities.
Using iPads in my classroom improved concentration & persistence; students worked harder & consistently; they were motivated and eager to work: and behaviour and results improved.
This course is an overview of how you can use iPads in your special needs classroom and demonstrates the use of applications to achieve the best results for students.
This course is suitable for teachers and support staff in Primary, Secondary and Special Education.
A normal online course is delivered over 1-12 weeks and is worth from 3-12 PDhrs depending on the course content and its objectives. Participants will not need to take time off, the course date is the START date only, end dates will be advertised with course hours. Learn more HERE.
I will be providing app suggestions throughout the course, but you are under no obligation to purchase any. If you are on a strict budget, it might be beneficial to take a look at the apps and make a list of the ones you would like to use for your classroom.
This course contributes to 6.0 professional development hours.
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Why are they iPads so effective in the special need’s classroom?
What can the ‘iPad’ classroom look like?
Video & iPad applications.
Do students' outcomes improve?
-iPads for therapy such as sensory issues
-Schedules, Social Stories & calming techniques
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Ideas and Strategies for using the iPad based on Curriculum.
How to use the iPad in the classroom? They are not just a toy or a fill in!
Why we shouldn’t use iPad games in the classroom?
What kinds of applications can you use for literacy?
-speaking and listening
-in both primary and secondary setting.
images, screenshots, links to app store and developer’s sites.
What kinds of applications can you use for numeracy?
-counting, number, one to one correspondence
-fractions, time, money
-in both primary and secondary setting.
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Geography apps such as Google Earth
Science apps for special interests
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Review & Reflection
Having an access to an iPad is necessary so that you can use the applications.
Some knowledge of how to use an iPad would be beneficial, but not essential.
You will need to download a variety of applications specific for this course: Applications: Keynote, Pages, Numbers, Popplet, Puppet Pals, Comic Strip, Strip Designer, Story Patch, Math Magic, Spellboard, Mathboard, Montessori Math, Montessori Counting Board, Motion Math, Puppet Pals, Playtime Theatre, Drawpad, Garage Band, Google Earth & iBooks.
There will be other applications reviewed and demonstrated that you can decide whether you want to use them or not.
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Very useful for gaining better insight into the autistic student’s world. Incredible wealth of resources available here for teachers teaching in this field. I learnt about apps I could never have had the time to find myself.
I enjoyed the course a great deal and genuinely feel it would be of benefit to anyone who is working in special education and who wants to increase their understanding of kids on the autism spectrum and the technology available to help them learn.
Interesting and thought provoking. I would have preferred some more focus on higher level students
Very informative and enlightening. The course provided just what it said it would and much more in a user friendly way. A fantastic, high quality and professional course and I highly recommend others to participate in the courses run by TTA
I found this course to be very engaging and valuable to my practice as a special education teacher. The range of apps listed and techniques suggested have made their way into my everyday classroom practice. I am working towards gaining more iPads for my class to integrate into more KLAs. The course contact, Karina, was also very helpful and communicated often through messages.
I had never taken a course that tackled such a needed topic. It also aligns with my interest of creative technology to help students in need.
I really enjoyed the course and got a lot more out of it than i thought i would. I had no idea there were so many apps for education out there and I thought the videos from the people with autism/aspergers were great – I will be looking at more of these. i found it really thoughtful and worthwhile.
Content was good overall although probably for more junior settings than we had thought from descriptor. I still prefer face to face PD. Will however be interested to trial Webinar format.
I consider myself ‘low tech’ and was delighted to find the using Ipads in the Autism and Special Education Classroom not only extremely relevant, but easy to follow and complete. I was not familiar with the majority of the apps used in the course and have gained a significant number of ‘tools’ to use in my classroom.
The course was quite well-structured and offered some opportunity to interact with facilitator online. The facilitator was very prompt with her responses to our comments.
The course lived up to my expectations. I have learned about many new apps that I will use with my class in the near future.
The course was full of good strategies and ways to implement iPads into an autistic classroom.
I really enjoyed the course, I thought for the short length of the course it covered huge/diverse range of issues concerning autism and the use of iPads. There was so many great new apps that were suggested to explore and compare with one another. It was very interesting to compare the different apps and then be able to apply the one that best suited your students needs. I think the best think about this course is that we now have a huge range of appropriate apps for our students that have been tried and tested by others, a great reference to have when trying to develop new activities/lessons for students.
Using iPads in the Autism and Special Education Classroom was an incredibly beneficial course. I would give the course a rating of excellent based on the information provided and the streamlined manner in which it was delivered. The classes were succinct and based on experience of the facilitator. I would highly recommend the online course to other educators.
I found this course very manageable when I got down to it. It was also very helpful in terms of recommending and elaborating on the apps which were suitable for the areas covered in the course. I did have difficulty finding the time up to and just after Christmas due to preparations for extended family visiting, and then into early January when I holidayed with family members interstate. Nevertheless, I consider time spent working on the modules as time well spent.
I found the educational apps suggested by Karen really helpful.
I have used a few literacy and numeracy apps in the classroom and the response have been amazing!
The students are more engaged and excited to learn when they know that it is going to be an ‘iPad lesson’.
I would recommend this course to anyone teaching students with Special Needs.
A very interesting and easy to follow course. Lots of useful and great ideas to try in the classroom. I highly recommend it.
The course timing was very good for me personally, being
over the school holidays, gave me opportunities to ‘play’ with the apps
discussed in the course more thoroughly than I could have during term time. Course notes were very appropriate and addressed needs of course clientele.
I found the course on using iPads to help Autism really interesting and helpful. The apps and ideas were very helpful and i found that they were very practical. I have been keen to try some of them out! It was good to have contact via the forum to discuss things despite the time of the year as it was through December.
Karen Barley is an internationally recognized educational consultant specializing in the needs of children with autism and their families. She has over 25 years of expertise as an educator, private one-on-one consultant, course developer and educational technology specialist.
Karen is especially successful connecting with children who have autism and creating behavioral, sensory and educational strategies that help children reach their full potential. Her highly personable style, combined with extensive research, knowledge and firsthand experience of the needs of children with autism, makes her extremely effective and innovative in tailoring individual solutions for families and their schools. Using new and existing approaches Karen integrates her pioneering work with iPad technology to create differentiated educational programs where children with autism can consistently experience success while learning.
In addition, Ms. Barley is an accomplished and engaging, sought after public speaker and teacher trainer. She has shared her significant insights and knowledge on such subjects as, Technology in Education, Technology and Autism, Autism Awareness, 21st Century Learning, Technology and Curriculum Development and other subjects in the United States, Australia and as a keynote guest speaker for international face to face and online conferences.
She is now undertaking her PHD and is a sessional teacher at Monash University.