Have any of you used the little itouch devices with students? I am hearing that there are some really good applications for disabled students.
I think these are interesting. It depends on what you use them for, but even things like dictionaries and other research applications are useful. The problem is that if you get the student relying too much on technology. I do think we need to use technology to help our disabled students, but we must be aware that it's really helping.
They are really quite easy to use and kids love them because they are fun and it is a different way to learn. There are lots of apps as well. I do not work with disabled students either but I do know of some students who love them. There are lots of interactive, educational games to play.
I cannot really speak to the advantages it may have for disabled students but I have noticed that a lot of older students (11th and 12th grade) have bought the imic/microphone attatchment and use it during class as a way to record discussions and lectures. This has proved to be very useful when the students go to write papers and can recall what other students said during a round-room discussion. (It is required that they site a fellow peer if they use their idea or quote.)It also is a great tool for them to begin using now in preperation for college, because I know it was hard to take notes in a lecture hall with a professor talking very fast.
How does this work? I have never heard of this? It is not like surround sound in the classroom is it?
My school has just started it at Stillwater Highschool in Minnesota and we found out it does not just help the disabled students. Other student find that it is more fun then regular class and if you get the right applications its really fun suggest it to your supervisor.