Using Mobile Devices with Limited English Proficient/Special Education Students
More and more school districts are investigating the use of mobile devices such as the iPad to facilitate learning and instruction for LEP/ELLs in Special Education settings. As K -12 teachers continue to adopt 21st century learning models, curiosity is growing over the integration of mobile devices into the classroom and the practical applications of these new tools.
LEP/ELL students with special education needs present a distinct challenge: how are the language needs met while also addressing various required learning accommodations? One of the key reasons why teachers are exploring mobile devices is that they provide ways to differentiate content and accommodate a variety of learning needs and styles. This is especially true when planning instruction based on the unique needs of a special education student as delineated in his or her IEP. Educators are discovering that mobile devices come with wealth of applications that assist struggling learners and many of these devices have built in accessibility options.
The number of quality educational applications continues to grow daily. These apps can be downloaded onto an iPhone, iTouch, iPad as well as any Android device. Let’s take a look at just a few of the apps that make mobile devices so unique and so useful for LEP/ELL Special Education students.
Here is a list of applications that are designed for use in Special Education settings:
IEP Checklist -Provides a list of items (with description and ed code) to complete for an IEP
Proloquo2Go - Full AAC solution with over 7000 symbols, natural sounding voices, automatic conjugation, and more.
DAF Assistant Delayed auditory feedback and frequency shifting to help improve stuttering.
Sign 4 Me With more than 11,500 words in the library, you can learn signed English from a 3D avatar.
Sign Smith ASL With more than 1,200 signs, you can learn American Sign Language from a 3D avatar.
iCommunicate Pre-loaded pictures and storyboards/routines (e.g.,schedule) facilitate language comprehension.
Other Classroom Management Tools:
iReward With this motivation chart, choose the behavior, the reward from your camera or photos, and optional praise.
Dragon Search Voice recognition to speak, see and edit your text, then search on Google, YouTube, Wikipedia, iTunes, & Twitter.
iWriteWords In easy or regular mode, trace numbers, lowercase and uppercase letters using numbered prompts.
MindMeister Create, view, and edit mind maps, then share them to a website to view and edit further.