This year I decided to purposefully start using iPods in my classes. The main intention for the use of the iPod as an access tool & assistive technology device is as follows:
- To increase access to content area learning,
- To provide a gateway to reading and math proficiency.
- To assist students in developing strategies for task performance.
- Create opportunities for self-monitoring, self-reflection, empowerment, and independence
- They're pretty cool.
Over the course of the year I intend to build interest and motivation related not only to the aforementioned types of academic interventions, but to foster and establish an interest in the ownership of education. I do not presume by any means that the iPod/iPad is a "magic pill" that will eliminate all academic problems. To do so would be naive. I do however believe in the power of access. It is my sincere belief that tools such as the iPod and iPad can impact student achievement, student perceptions of school, the conceptions of self and ability, while providing them tools for independence, collaboration, and preparation for the possibilities and opportunities that await them in adulthood.
As we look at building capacity within our models of schooling and developing effective, sustainable systems of intervention and practice, I feel strongly that these tools can provide not only the intangibles necessary for educational motivation but for content knowledge and academic growth.
So, please stay tuned as we embark on this adventure through a world of possibilities, opportunities, and exploration.