For special education teachers, everyday classroom challenges can be compounded by significant behavior issues, the need to differentiate instruction across a large caseload of students, and the demand for methods to effectively monitor progress toward individual IEP goals.
In districts around the country, students with special needs are using iPads and eSpark in various models to help teachers overcome these roadblocks and increase classroom engagement and academic achievement.
Explore this SlideShare resource to learn methods of utilizing devices to differentiate learning in SPED and new achievement results from districts that are succeeding with eSpark.
With apps that are both engaging and academically rigorous, eSpark provides differentiated curriculum that is motivating and developmentally appropriate. eSpark can augment lessons that are already in place to reduce the amount of time spent creating materials to fulfill each student’s IEP accommodations. With text-to-speech functionality and audio support, students with special needs interact successfully with material in a way that is most meaningful to them.
Automating differentiation strategies with eSpark saves teachers time, allowing them to work one-on-one with a high-need student or provide small group instruction. Students in both a pull-out, self-contained environment and a push-in inclusion model can log into eSpark and receive iPad instruction tailored to their unique learning needs.
To ensure strategies are effective in helping students progress toward their annual goals, teachers have access to online dashboards and automated weekly email alerts to track daily usage, view quiz scores and student-created videos, and monitor academic progress to identify opportunities for follow-up, intervention, and celebration.
With iPads, the sensory needs of students can be met in a way that can significantly improve behavior management. Students with poor fine motor skills are given the ability to interact meaningfully with curriculum and take ownership of their learning. With the highly differentiated and engaging learning experience in eSpark, students with ADHD and other attention issues are motivated by interactive third-party apps, videos, and web-based activities.