After viewing the video in my last post, I realized how easy it can be to access educational materials for students with disabilities using an iPad. I then began to wonder how parents, students, and even teachers feel about using an iPad in the learning environments to help assist students with learning and communicating.
According to the article, The iPad and Parental Engagement in Education, parents of students who have used the iPad for educational purposes have found that their child has started to collaborate and communicate with others, spend more time on classwork and/or homework, and become independent when it comes to learning (2012). When it came time for teachers and parents to communicate, teachers mentioned that students who were engaged in using the iPad showed an increase in motivation; parents could not agree more and are seeing similar results at home. Perspectives from both teachers and parents on the use of iPads in the classroom have become increasingly positive and both believe that the iPad can become integrated into the classroom when used appropriately.
Along with both parents and teachers having positive feedback, it seems as though students who actively engage in using an iPad for learning and communication purposes collaborate with classmates and teachers, as well as express their interest in learning through positive ways. Students have shown an increase in independence, as well as an interest in communicating with others because it is much easier with the assistance of an iPad.
The iPad and Parental Engagement in Education (July 7, 2012). Learning and Innovation. Retrieved from dedwards.me/2012/07/07/the-ipad-and-parental-engagement-in-education/