iPod "Teach": Increased Access to Technological Learning Supports Through the Use of the iPod TouchBy Auchincloss, Conrad; McIntyre, Thomas; Journal of Special Education Technology, Vol. 23, No. 2, pp. 45-49
Publication Date: 2008
Article discusses the use of the iPod Touch to individualize classroom learning for children with special needs. The iPod Touch is described as a portable media player, personal digital assistant, and Wi-Fi mobile platform with a large video display and an on-screen keyboard. It connects to wireless computer networks for uploading digital files. The article outlines how the iPod Touch can emulate the functions of two learning technologies: the SMART Board, an electronic, interactive whiteboard; and Kurzweil 3000, software which converts text scanned into a computer to generate a spoken narrative to accompany the digital image of the text. Advice is given on utilizing iPod Touch devices on a classwide scale by setting up a bank of the devices for use by classroom teachers, accomplished in 3 phases: (1) device activation and familiarization, wherein the devices are connected to the school’s internal wireless network, existing SMART Board content is made available for downloading into the devices, and reading materials are selected for scanning and audio recording; (2) curriculum integration and preparation of iPod Touch materials, including the planning of time to familiarize students with the devices; and (3) introduction and integration during the school year, when students are assigned individual iPod Touches for classroom and home use. Two classroom scenarios are offered as examples of the ways the iPod Touch can be used to individualize learning materials and assignments to accommodate students with disabilities such as visual or hearing impairments, learning disabilities, and fine motor impairments.
Assistive Products Discussed: KURZWEIL 3000 FOR MACINTOSH
KURZWEIL 3000 FOR WINDOWS
Published by: Exceptional Innovations (Website:http://www.exinn.net)
Technology and Media Division (TAM) of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) (Web Site: http://www.tamcec.org )
This publication is included in the library of the National Rehabilitation Information Center (NARIC), accession number J55989