At the Miami Zoo’s Jungle Island, handlers are interacting with orangutans using the iPad. The apes use the tablet to identify items they’re familiar with, and express their wants and needs. This is done primarily through an app designed for autistic children that displays an array of object images onscreen. “ We’ll ask them to identify ‘Where’s the coconut?’, and they’ll point it out,” Linda Jacobs, who oversees the Jungle Island program, told Wired. “We want to build from that and give them a choice in what they have for dinner — show them pictures of every vegetable we have available that day, and let them pick, giving them the opportunity to have choices.” No voice boxes. Donated iPads link between zoos.
Why now? of In 1994 only 3 percent public school classrooms, computer labs, and library media centers had Internet access (National Center for Education Statistics [NCES], 1997).http://dangerouslyirrelevant.org/supporting-effective-technology-integration-and-implementation
Why now? Fourteen years later , 97 percent of public school classrooms had an Internet connection (NCES, 2010a).http://dangerouslyirrelevant.org/supporting-effective-technology-integration-and-implementation
Why now?2012, As of September 85% of American adults have a cell phone and 45% have a smartphone. 58%of American teens (13-17) own a smartphonehttp://pewinternet.org/Commentary/2012/February/Pew-Internet-Mobile.aspxhttp://www.insidemobileapps.com/2012/09/14/nielsen-teens-lead-growth-in-smartphones/
Why now?58% As of early 2012, [American Adults] have a desktop computer, 61% have a laptop, 18% own an e-book reader, and 18% have a tablet computer. .http://pewinternet.org/Commentary/2012/February/Pew-Internet-Mobile.aspx
What else has changed?• Common Core State Standards… http://www.centerdigitaled.com/policy/Technology-Permeates-Common-Core-Standards.html