Trident Academy, a K-12 independent school for students with learning differences, now has one iPad for every two students, thanks to a generous donor. Andrea and Martin Deputy donated 10 iPads to the school for use in classrooms and the assistive technology lab. A free iPad training session for parents is also scheduled.
“In this time where technology is everywhere, it’s important for kids not only just to know how to use these devices, but to know the correct ways to learn from them,”Martin and Andrea Deputy explain.
Currently, students spend the most time using the iPad graphic calculator app in math class. Lower School students use the World Atlas app and all students are given time during library classes for exploration, where they tend to steer towards the “games” which are mostly vocabulary based.
The additional iPads will allow teachers to truly integrate apps into the curriculum, maximizing their potential. Specific apps can be loaded for class and students will be able to use them more as personal iPads for tasks like composition and reading.
“Used properly, the iPad is a powerful tool for learning,” says Sandi Clerici, interim head of school. “As educators, we need to recognize that this generation of students is technology driven and see these devices as tools, not toys. Martin and Andrea’s generosity encourages us to be more deliberate in making this tool a part of our teaching plan. In fact, iPad applications will be the subject of our faculty in-service day in January.”
For nearly a year, students at Trident Academy have been using iPads and the Apple Learning Lab in the classroom. They are part of one of the most comprehensive assistive technology labs in the Southeast, lead by Assistive Technologist Mary Silgals. Assistive technology is software and hardware that helps students compensate for challenges in learning and enables them to avoid the frustration that often accompanies those challenges.