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There are several ways by which smartphones and tabs have become useful in our lives. Though largely used for communication and entertainment purposes, these devices have also proved to be useful in education, business, and in the healthcare industry.

But smartphones and tabs have made the most interesting impact in the special children education sector. The devices have been identified as a useful learning apparatus to improve collaboration and engagement among students. There is a lot of buzz around the devices in the autism community. In fact, they have proved to be such a useful therapeutic tool that some special children’s organizations are providing grants to families to purchase one.

Benefits as a therapeutic device

For children lacking in motor skills, a digital learning app on a touch screen offers intuitive input. Computers from the older technology require visual shifting between a keyboard or the mouse and the screen. But with a digital learning app running on a tab or smartphone, special children can watch one of their fingers directly write on the screen, or select something, which in turn helps improving fine motor skills.

To autistic children, using touch technology is almost a natural phenomenon. Susan Williams, an instructor in an autistic elementary school, finds tabs and smartphones to be great supplemental apparatus for instruction. It’s almost like a fish taking to water, she says, moderating her student interactions using touch technology. Susan is an active promoter of technology in special education on various online platforms. She estimates that nearly 80% of her autistic students have got great results by using touch screen devices.

Personalizing lesson plans and apps

For special needs students, it’s important to understand each of them individually and how differently they’ll learn. With a digital learning app, teachers can make individualized lesson plans to assess the needs of every special child. There are several apps that are especially tailored for the needs of special children. Teachers can choose the best digital learning app that best fits their teaching methods and relevant to how the students learn.

The way special children are learning with smartphones and tabs is undeniably remarkable. It’s changing the way these children are taught in schools. These devices have improved many aspects in their life in more ways than we could have imagined.

For schools still hesitating whether or not to adopt a digital learning app for its special education classroom, the use of technology is expected to help in more ways than one. But for a proper implementation, make sure that your school has the backup technology like LAN connectivity or Wi-Fi routers in place.

Besides, the teachers should first get properly acquainted with the devices themselves before introducing them in the classroom. Each digital learning app has various customizable lessons appropriate for a particular level of the autism spectrum. Teachers have to discover the full potential of these apps and only then they can educate the students. And like Susan they too can champion the use of technology.

Apps for autistic children are here to stay and they will become more advanced in the coming days.

Source by Kevin Carter

Fahrenheit 451 Paper


Imagine a World

Imagine a world where people prefer a TV to a spouse; a place where people who are extroverted need to see a doctor. This is the world of Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451. People in the book "say the same things and nobody says anything different from anyone else." (Bradbury 35). The people in Fahrenheit 451 are isolated and indifferent. They even actively try to run pedestrians over (129). People are considered 'strange' if they like to talk people. There are three factors that highlight this distinction: SeaShells, the parlors and an aversion to books. However, these technologies and ideas are present in the past, present and future, as well as in Fahrenheit 451. Exploring these technologies and ideas reveals a lot about our society as well as in Fahrenheit 451's society.

The parlors are rooms with large television screens on all sides. People watch these screens and interact, following a set script (24). These parlors were radically different from the television Bradbury experienced. In 1951, when the book was written, television had a small black and white screen. Bradbury was concerned about the television because he saw that people could get sucked into watching that one special show every week, and how that might progress into watching television almost all day. Today, we're well on the way to what Bradbury predicted, as the average American adult watches 5 hours of television a day ( uoflife.com ). Today, we have large screen televisions that almost cover a whole wall, very similar to Bradbury's parlors. In the future, we may reach Bradbury's predictions with a screen on each wall, but we're not there yet. However, Bradbury's predictions get more accurate, with the SeaShells.

In Bradbury's book, the SeaShells are small earphones that broadcast news and music into your ears all the time. Mildred, Montag's wife, keeps her in all the time, and just lip-reads instead of taking out her SeaShells to listen to people. These are similar to iPods today. People keep one iPod headphone in while they talk to others. In Bradbury's day, the closest thing to iPods were radios and record players, which were becoming popular. He included Seashells in his book as a warning because he realized if radios and record players were taken to the extreme, they could become a social hazard. Music went from something one listened to in your home some times to something that one could listen to all the time. Bradbury's insights are eerily accurate, considering when the book was written.

The aversion to books, and by association, knowledge, is a key factor in the individuation and separation of people of the society of Fahrenheit 451. In our society, if we did not have books, we would not have learned many of life's lessons or learned to step out of our own shoes and into someone else's. For example, we might not have learned how it feels to be discriminated against, both in the work force and in society. Books help us gain a different perspective on the world.

The people in Fahrenheit 451 did not value books, so they did not learn how to see something from another point of view. They became less understanding, more secluded, and more indferent. This attitude became a major part in the dystopia that Bradbury created.

This attitude toward books in Fahrenheit 451 is much different than Bradbury experienced. Bradbury lived in a society that liked to read. Instead of reading solely for school, as many students do today, students in 1951 read for their own enjoyment. As a result, they were much more social. Teens today just do not talk as much about 'deep things,' such as relations or religion with elders or peers. In the future, we may become even more reclusive and never talk about those things.

These three examples show how much our society has changed from Bradbury's time. The average family, or teen, in the 1950's probably did not watch much television or listen to much radio or music. Today, the average teen listens to much more music then the average teen from the 50's because it is more available and portable. Americans, as a whole, seem to becoming less social and more involved in their personal worlds of iPods and TV's, the technology of today. The world that exists with these technologies is one that is far less personal then the world that exist fifty years ago.

While Bradbury predicted a more extreme version of these three technologies and ideas, the central idea remains the same: technology can lead to social disorder. People can become less social and care less about people and their emotions, because of technology. While Bradbury experienced only the very beginnings of these technologies, he saw where they could lead. He warned us about what they, and our society, could potentially become. We have changed radically from the society in which Bradbury lived, but we have drawn close to his predictions.

Source by Scott T Scooter

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