There's a steady stream of hype surrounding the pluses and pitfalls
of classroom tablet computers. But for a growing number of special
education students tablets and their apps are proving transformative.
The tablets aren't merely novel and fun. With guidance from creative
teachers, they are helping to deepen engagement, communication, and
In a typical red brick public school building in
the Fresh Meadows section of Queens, New York, one creative and
passionate music instructor is using tablet computers to help reach
students with disabilities. In the process, he's opening doors for some
kids with severe mental and physical challenges.
surface, the PS 177 Technology Band looks like a typical high school
orchestra. But there are two big differences. First, while they use
traditional instruments, they also play iPads. And all of the band
members have disabilities. Some have autism spectrum disorders.
“If you work with your hands, you’re a
If you work with your hands and your mind, you’re a craftsman.
If you work with your hands and your mind and your heart, you’re an artist.”
—Saint Francis of Assisi
I finally got a chance to watch it and am passing it on to
you if you’re interested. Of course, I’m crazy about everything he
does. I’m attaching the link to TEDX Billings so you can purview all the
speakers—our friend Chuck Tooley also did a talk.