Special Needs Sunday

When the going gets tough the tough get out the iPad. I have seen my students grow and latch onto concepts like faster than in the past when I find ways to bring technology in. I have one group working on probability. For this they have to collect the data and create pie charts before they can answer the questions. They loved creating the data and then getting to use the computers to create the pie charts. I created the directions, so they could do it on their own. Those are the things that move students and create learners who understand grade level material. My directions are simple but they have to create it and take responsibility to get it done. So, I can focus on the learning and not trouble shooting the technology.

Doodle Buddy has been great for students who need to draw their thinking out. I have students draw out the beginning, middle and end of stories to help them with retelling before writing it or telling me. This is something that students can do on their own with the iPads back in class.  Doodle Buddy is free.

iPads and computers don't replace my teaching, I use them to enhance lessons when it makes sense. Something as simple as using a computer changes a students motives from "really, do I have to" to "I liked doing this today."

Currently, this little project has been limited to students who are either RTI or students with IEPs in reading and math. Stay turned for other awesome ways technology can help struggling learners be more successful in the classroom. Have a great week!


  1. Thanks for linking up!! My students also love when I use technology, whether it be the iPad, SmartBoard or computers. But you're right, when you're troubleshooting it takes away from the point of the activity. Good idea with the directions! =)

    The Resource Room Teacher

  2. If someone does get stuck there is always another student who has figured it out and helps them out. I could never this get type of collaboration before. Its so cool to watch students learn from each other. Thanks for stopping by.


  3. Thanks for sharing the coin probability. I wish we had iPads. I have requested some but I have not heard back about it. I also need to check out Doodle Buddy!


  4. I found your blog through Teaching Blog Addict's Special Education Blog page, and I am so glad I did... I am your newest follower :)

    Mindful Rambles

  5. I would really love to get some i pads to use in my classroom.


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Welcome to my all thing special education blog. I'm Ms. Whiteley. I teach in the beautiful Mile High state--Colorado. This is my 13th year teaching in an rural K-6 Elementary school as a Exceptional Needs Teachers. As Exceptional Needs National Board Certified Teacher, I believe that ALL students can learn and be successful. When I'm not in school, I love to take my two Italian Greyhounds hiking 14ers and reaching for the stars. Thanks for Hopping By.

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