iPads Found Useful with Select Special Education Students

boy with ipad


The High Desert Education Service District’s Assistive Technology (AT) program has been exploring the use of iPads to help special education students meet Individualized Education Plan (IEP) goals. As a potential new AT tool for select students, the iPad can offer new ways to take notes, access school loop, communicate with others and use the internet for research projects.

The iPads had opened up a whole new world for these two girls. Shellee, in the white t-shirt uses her iPad to communicate better; delivering messages from the office and participating in circle time at class using simple words and phrases. Brianna uses her iPad to greet her friends and to tell her teachers what she needs more clearly and efficiently.

While the iPad is not an end-all be-all solution for all students, the AT team is discovering some positive outcomes that deserve recognition and consideration in supporting students with special needs.