I am currently on twitter and following many experts in the industry not only for education, but for special needs organisations and professionals. I am currently in the process of interacting with 'Autism Awareness' @AutismAware who are currently tweeting about providing these wonderful children with apps etc. to communicate.
My query to these experts what whether these apps are providing opportunities or barriers for these children.
They continue to refer back to a documentry on the television show 60min which gave the perspective of the benefits apps and iPads create for children with autism.
I am also in the process of following the @WeAreTeachers site as I feel they provide some fabulous infomation about relevant resources that can be used within the classroom and online.
Opinions from fellow teachers are also stated which helps me to understand the overall view of certain products and programs in the industry. I connected with this site and as they were discussing resources online to use on the interactive whiteboard. I asked of their opinion of what resources would be relevant for those children with special needs and the conversation continues.
I am finding twitter to be a great resource in itelf to connect to experts and professionals in the industry. Even by following a professional on Twitter allows me to read posts and discussions about interesting topics relevant to my collection.
It is obvious to see that majority of ICT resources have its major advantages for special needs students.
Allowing these students to be able to communicate and participate in activities within the classroom.
Giving them the opportunity to really feel as though they are included in the group during the learning experience.
A huge part of ASD is the fact that their social skills are very minor and they almost act as if they are ignoring you and being rude.
This is simply an aspect of their disability and can result in the individual to be isolated and very much a loner. In most cases students feel more comfortable playing alone as their stress levels can build within a group situation. Students often need to be taught how to act within a group situation as these social skills do not come naturally.
With this in mind, can a piece of technology such as an iPad increase or decrease their opportunities to learn and build onto their social skills?
Relating back to my little brother, he has a very obsessive personality and when he begins to play a computer game of some sort he will become very attached to this game, needing to play it at certain times of the day and often locking himself in a small room to do so.
If at anytime he is taken away from the game, his temper fuels and he becomes extremely violent towards anyone in his path.
Losing control of his computer game can result in a huge, dramatic scene.
Has technology created monsters in our children and blocked opportunity to interact with others? Opinons?