The purpose of this article is to explore whether or not smart tablets would be beneficial for readers that are behind their grade level. Specifically, would autistic students have an increase in comprehension after using an iPad interactive e-book?
Over the course of a year, data was collected on thirty students ranging from middle school to beyond high school. Each student had to read a traditionally printed book and answer comprehension questions and then read an interactive ebook and answer comprehension questions again. All participants are diagnosed with autism and at least four grade levels behind in reading.
Only one child did not improve when using an iPad interactive ebook. No student had a decrease in results. Middle school grades had a 21% rate of increase in comprehension, high school had 25% and participants between 18 and 22 had a 21% rate of increase in comprehension.
Teachers reported that students were more engaged when using an iPad ebook and off-task behavior was reduced. When using appropriate behavior, some students chose to use the iPad ebooks as their reward.
Because of the positive results when using an iPad, schools should consider the use of iPads with autistic students. No two students with autism are the same and some students had a significant increase in comprehension while others had little.
The use of iPads have the potential to improve the use of technology in schools. The set back, with the current budget cuts, is the price of each iPad. Also, the availability of Wi-Fi at various schools could be a challenge.
The thirty students included in the study showed statistically significant improvements in comprehension after using an iPad interactive ebook versus a traditionally printed book. Autistic students showed a variety of results but no student had a decrease in comprehension. Students also showed an improvement in behavior when using an iPad.
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Smart Tablets and Students with Autism Kara J. Beard Heritage University
Summary <ul><li>Statistically Significant Improvements </li></ul><ul><li>Autistic students </li></ul>
References <ul><li>Price, A. (2011). Making a Difference with Smart Tablets: Are iPads really beneficial for students with autism? Teacher Librarian, 39. Retrieved from file:///Users/karabeard/Files/Grad%20School/Readings/Autism%20and%20ipads.webarchive </li></ul>
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