Towards Independence Students Case Study
In 2013 the Alton College Foundation was approached by the college for a grant to enable the purchase of Apple iPad Mini tablets for students participating in the Towards Independence Scheme. The idea was that the use of these devices and software developed specifically for use with these students, would help them develop life skills and help with their interaction both as a group and as individuals.
Below is feedback from Deborah Cracknell at the college.
I’ve attached a few photos of the students with the iPads. They are going down a storm although we hadn’t been able to use them very much after we got them because of issues with setting them up.
However things the students have used them for and are planning to do with them include:
Sports and body map apps
Searching the Internet
Taking photos for their work
Communication with Grid Player app with the student who always communicates using Grid Player
Calming mechanism for students (listening on headphones to music)
Using calming apps such as iMeba
We're hoping to use Talking Picture to find out and exchange information
Using Airdrop for exchanging information
Having a weekly lunchtime session this term where they use the iPads for fun
I’m also considering taking the group on a trip to the Apple store in Basingstoke for one of their Education sessions.
They really are having fun and enjoying using them, but for me one of the main bonuses is that often these students find it difficult to interact with each other and the iPads seem to encourage this sharing of work and interaction with each other far more.
Thanks again to the Foundation
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