Leaps and Bounds: From Kindles to iPods, Technology Can Help Teach Children With Language-Based Learning DisabilitiesBy Stoeckert, Anthony; centraljersey.com,
Publication Date: August 18, 2009
Article discusses the use of new technology such as the iPod and Kindle to aid in teaching children with language-based learning disabilities. Children on the autism spectrum in an English class at Newgrange School, a nonprofit educational institution in Hamilton, New Jersey, for children with learning disabilities, use iPods to listen to books as they read along with a printed copy. Another device used in the classroom is the Kindle, which holds reading materials and includes features that allow users to look up word definitions and to underline passages. Other technologies available to Newgrange students include Mac laptop computers and SMART Boards, defined as a kind of technological chalkboard, on which students and teachers can move drawn elements and project their computer screen onto the board, and notes and diagrams can be drawn onto images. One teacher interviewed finds the success of the technologies likely being due to the students’ technological skills generally being very good, despite their learning differences.
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