- complete class activities
- complete alternate activities related to curriculum adjustments
- complete homework and generalise skills at home
Any skills learnt on the iPad need to be generalised into a real life setting otherwise it is likely that the skill will not carry meaning for the individual away from the iPad. For example, if your child has been working on a money app on the iPad, then encourage your child to use the same skills in their daily life, such as asking the child to use coins to purchase bread or milk at the shops. It is during these real life activities that actual meaningful learning occurs.
- a timer
- a first/then routine
- a daily schedule or
- written rules to support the individual’s understanding of when the iPad is used
An example of how this would work could be to write a schedule such as
Creating Meaningful Experiences
There are an increasing number of apps available now and the hardest part is sorting through what is available and creating a learning experience that is meaningful and worthwhile.
The iPad can be used with appropriate apps to provide a motivating and meaningful opportunity for a person to engage in effective learning. However, the iPad must be monitored and introduced with clear goals in mind to achieve the best outcomes.
You need to consider the individual carefully before you introduce the iPad. For many people it can be confusing to use the iPad for many uses. For example, if a child watches movies on their iPad they may have difficulties to us it for something other than entertainment when they are at school. By considering the individual’s needs and how they respond to the different uses of the iPad, you will be better guided on how to set up and introduce the iPad. For example considerations may be given around when the iPad will be used, how long it may be used for, how much adult supervision is required and what apps are available to support the individual.
The iPad has in-build capabilities to restrict the users access to certain apps. Some people consider this when setting up an iPad initially. You can read about restricting access on the tip sheet below.