Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Technology Tuesday

This week’s Technology Tuesday takes us back to “Chris’s Corner,” a unique corner that is home to Chris Baumgart, Imagine!’s Assistive Technology Specialist. Today, Chris discusses how various iPad apps are being used in Imagine!’s CORE/Labor Source Boulder hub. 

Chris’s Corner 
This is my corner. There are many corners like it, but this one is mine… 

Greetings again, friends and viewing public. This week’s corner takes us to the Boulder site of Imagine!’s CORE/Labor Source department. In this edition we’re highlighting the use of Apple iPads in a number of classroom environments. Using the results of Stephanie Tilley’s iPad app research (many of those apps have appeared in previousStephanie’s High Fivesegments on Imagine!’s SmartHomes blog), as well as input from the instructors who want to get more interactive content into their classrooms, I was able to set up several iPads (see below) to serve as robust and dynamic instructional tools that encourage new and exciting ways for each participant to be a more active part of his or her own learning.

In addition, instructors are now equipped to use the iPad in our AT Lab to demonstrate lessons to the entire classroom instantly on TV. In the photo below, our own Bridget Carroll is using the app called “Sign 4 Me” to demonstrate various American Sign Language (ASL) in such a way that the entire classroom can follow along. And of course, this is just one of many, many possibilities for our classrooms. Teachers are now using iPads to teach math skills, literacy skills, communication skills at many different levels, as well as music skills. I’d love to go on about that last one, as it may be one of my personal favorites, but that’s going to have to wait for another edition. Be sure to tune in for future editions! Don’t touch that dial!

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