With the continued budget cuts facing the Douglas County School District, innovation and utilization of all resources is a must. The 2010 - 2011 school year is slated for at least a $30 million dollar slice from its budget; it would be foolish to believe that any of the special education programs would not be effected. Reduced materials, larger class sizes, a smaller number of staff to help the population that may indeed take the most work, patience and alternative teaching tools, leaving educators unable to obtain much needed equipment, programs and software to assist the neediest of students. However, it may not need to be so; the educators may only need look as far as their iPhone.
Ah yes, the iPhone has become a household word. Whether we own one, want one or are some of the very few who swear against them (most likely because you don’t want to give in to the craze). We all know what they are, we all acknowledge that the possibilities they hold are endless. But, did you know that the iPhone could be used as an educational tool for those with special needs?
There are hundreds of applications written for the iPhone, some free, that are specifically slated for people needing assistance. For instance, programs can be downloaded and paired with the Switcheasy thumbtack microphone to help with speech delays, improved articulation etc. It could also be used to work with stuttering, reading, and language; and this is just one area.
In the face of this large and looming cloud of cuts, sacrifices, stress and confusion, a positive adjustment in thinking of how our educators educate may come out of it. Maybe it comes from their iPhone.
Special Thanks to Patrick Black of Teaching All Students for making this known.
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