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Motivation: Making Apps Work in Middle and High School


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BridgingApps Presentation, Down Syndrome Guild of Dallas 2013 Fall Conference …

BridgingApps Presentation, Down Syndrome Guild of Dallas 2013 Fall Conference

Finding lessons and activities to meet students’ IEP goals can be a challenge. In this session, we review sample IEP goals from 6th through 12th grades and demonstrated apps that can help students meet goals and track data.

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  • 1. Motivation: Making Apps Work in Middle and High School
  • 2. Agenda • BridgingApps Program and History • Using mobile devices in middle and high school • Case studies • App demonstrations • Raffle
  • 3. Who We Are BridgingApps is a volunteer community of parents, therapists, doctors, and teachers who share information on how we are using mobile devices such as the iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch and Android devices with people who have special needs.
  • 4. Beginnings
  • 5. BridgingApps Website • Getting Started—hardware, accessibility, communication apps, videos, tablet accessories • App Search Tool—search apps, read app reviews, create lists, share lists • Programs—Classes, services, AT labs, training • Community—Online community groups, local meetings in Houston, Austin, McAllen • About Us—Contact us & success stories
  • 6. Apps In School • Mobile devices are fantastic tools for differentiating curriculum in the classroom. We envision a time when ALL classes are "inclusion" classes and every child is working at a different level. • There are more and more apps for classroom activities & projects • Using mobile devices is motivating for homework or home programs • Data tracking apps can help monitor progress • Choosing apps that allow users to create their own content is highly motivating, engaging, and can relate to individual education plans
  • 7. How does the iPad meet IEP Goals? IEP= Individual Education Plan- Ipad- Individual Apps • Study Skills • Reading • Writing • Mathematics • Social and Emotional • Motor • Basic Cognitive/Daily Living
  • 8. IEP & App Matching
  • 9. Case Study • 11 year old boy with DS • 5th grade, public school • iPad 1 • Summarized IEP goals 1. Create a story using a graphic organizer or technology that contains an engaging introduction, proper sequence, a problem, a resolution and descriptive details 2. Use keyboarding skills to type complete sentences 3. Master the reading of 100 new sight words 4. Use visuals to demonstrate understanding of fractions, such as 1/5 or 2/4 5. Express the concept of multiplication by forming adding groups
  • 10. Case Study Recommended apps for parents to work with their child: • Mind Mapping—Popplet • Spelling—Reading Pal, American Wordspeller • Fractions—Jungle Fractions for iPad • Multiplication— Math App Multiplication, Math Dictionary for Kids • Inferencing—Minimod Reading for Inferences, Fun with Directions • Dragon Go • Speak It!
  • 11. Meet Sebastian
  • 12. Meet Sebastian • 10 years old • Education environment: Bilingual education, 4th grade public school • Diagnosis: Classic Autism • Skills targeted: language skills, social language skills, oral speech (was using single words at age 8), attention to task, self-regulation
  • 13. Sebastian’s Success • iPad for one year • Apps used with Sebastian: 1. Art Maker by ABC's Play School—language 2. Write My Name—spelling and using word correctly in a sentence 3. Happi and the Word Thief—discussing emotions 4. Reading Comprehension 2nd Grade Fiction—reading and auditory comprehension
  • 14. Meet Steven
  • 15. Meet Steven • 16 years old • Education environment: 10th grade public school, life skills class with some resource • Diagnosis: Learning Disabled & Asperger’s • Skills targeted: Struggles with speech, reading aloud, reading comprehension, written expression
  • 16. Steven’s Success • iPad for one year • Apps used with Steven: 1. Abilipad—written expression, has word prediction 2. Notes—written expression 3. Skype—reading aloud without fear 4. Camera/Photostream—retelling events
  • 17. iPad as a Tool • iPad improved engagement for all students • iPad improved motivation in all students at home and school environments • iPad given a voice to non-verbal students • iPad can be used to increase the level of socialization and successes
  • 18. Motivation= Results • According to the literacy test results, classes using the iPads outperformed the non-iPad students in every literacy measure they were test on. ”We are seeing high levels of student motivation, engagement and learning in the iPad classrooms,” said Sue Dorris, principal at East Auburn Community School. “The apps, which teach and reinforce fundamental literacy concepts and skills, are engaging, interactive and provide children with immediate feedback. What’s more, teachers can customize apps to match the instructional needs of each child, so students are able to learn successfully at their own level and pace.”