RATIONALE FOR TABLET USE by Karina D. Barley
Imagine a school, just for one moment… where you walked into the door of the school….and the very first questionnaire would contain the questions: “What do you love to do?” What is your favorite thing in life? What are you good at? What would make you smile? How would life/school be if you could do the things that you love to do?
Imagine a school whose curriculum catered for those kinds of questions…and designed a pedagogical program that is individual to your child, based on the answers to those questions?
Teaching to Children's Strengths
It is then that we could abandon English, Math, Science, etc. in the way that it is taught now, where we just deliver buckets of information that has no relevance to kids. Alternatively, let’s say a child’s interest is cooking; what if we were to inspire them to want to learn for example they will want to learn to read because by reading they can gain more information from recipe books. They will want to learn about measurement because this knowledge will help them to become a better chef. They will want to learn about money because they will want to go shopping to purchase their ingredients. They will want to learn about science in the context of how cooking and science interrelate. They will want to learn to write, because they will want to write their own recipes. Just recently, there's a program called Master Junior Chef and everyone is amazed at how incredible the children are.
The comments I hear are "can you believe those kids?" "Those kids are just brilliant". "I can't believe they can cook like that." The recipe (pardon the pun) really isn't that difficult to understand and while I don't want to take away from those amazing kids (because they really are amazing), but these kids are shining because they LOVE to cook; they LOVE to do what they are doing; and when children LOVE doing something, they WILL learn!!! You don't have to ask them, or cajole them into it, they can't wait to get into the kitchen to cook; and to be a better cook, they will learn to read a recipe, learn the math required to get their recipes right; understand the science behind what makes recipes work, flavors taste better etc; and develop creativity in the way they present their food. As I said above, it really is NOT difficult to comprehend and in my mind, this gives me a "recipe", a foundation, a platform from which educating children should stem from. If we start with what they LOVE to do; the rest comes naturally.
I personally believe that using technology can bridge the gaps for those children who are struggling, but also make learning easier for any child. These kids come to school ‘tech’ ready and digitally aware so it makes sense that we give 21st century children, learn using 21st Century technology.
I offer a specialized consultancy where my role as coach and teacher is to suggest strategies and innovative ideas about how parents, teachers and care givers of children with Autism can make life more manageable for their child and family.
This “gift to give” is looking at the Autism Spectrum with a quantum perspective! I am convinced the future of Autism is evolving and on the verge of huge positive and initializing change.
I believe passionately and wholeheartedly that when we look at Autism with a different perspective; one where we are not looking at this condition with pity, sadness and misunderstanding, but where we are looking at Autism as an opportunity for huge potential and change for all humankind, then we will be truly seeing Autism as Potential!
The unique individuals who are on the Autistic Spectrum vibrate on a totally different frequency; they orientate within their environment in a very unique way to us; their senses are heightened in a variety of ways which makes the world a profound sensory minefield for them; and most importantly they are misunderstood by society where they are expected to “fit” into the mainstream way of being.
Whether you are a parent, teacher or caregiver of a child of autism, you have been chosen as a shepherd for these amazing, extraordinary human beings, where you can champion their cause.
So, it is tantamount that you are aware of how we can bridge the divide between our world and theirs.
This can be achieved by:
1. Tuning into the frequency that is uniquely theirs and in doing so connect online to the Autism “world”
2. Take ourselves to their world, instead of trying to drag them into ours. How incredibly transforming it will be when we open ourselves up to the possibility that is Autism!
Contrary to popular belief children with Autism are hanging out to connect, communicate and relate, so it is through my consultancy that I can make this possible. I want to help parents to see that they must be incredible, extraordinary human beings to have been given the gift of caretaker of these children.
I’d like to assist parents to eliminate guilt and shame or whatever else attaches them to some negative around this – as they didn’t cause this to happen and parents are NOT responsible for their child being Autistic! Children are autistic because they are here to change the world and challenge the way we do things. They are here to teach us about ourselves and to help us to learn how to tune in to the vibration of the human race in a much more profound way. We need to embrace what they are bringing to the table and then find ways to help them to orientate within this world in a much more effective way. I also think we need to deal with this situation in a holistic way, in that we are working with the entire family, not just the child who has Autism.
I came across this AMAZING group on Facebook and I encourage you to check them out. Not only do they raise awareness in a fun way (creating beautiful jewelry), but in doing so they are supporting children with Autism and helping them reach their potential with the gift of giving.
I am a strong advocate of iPads for Autism as I have seen first hand how this technology can allow children, of all abilities, to reach their potential and advance their learning skills in a way they never have before. AND their jewelry is SUPER fun and made with love.
This is the description from their Facebook page:
It is the mission of The Puzzling Piece to raise Autism awareness, as well as help families that have been touched by Autism feel loved and supported through the gift of technology. The Puzzling Piece also honors those who help the children and families touched by Autism by making donations to Autism based non-profit organizations with each sale that is made. Through awareness and the efforts to place iPads in the hands of children, teachers and therapists the Puzzling Piece strives to enhance the lives of children and families touched by Autism.
Check out their website and Facebook Page with one small click of a button!
Check out my new Slideshare for Autism Awareness Month - Learning styles of Individuals with Autism.
A presentation celebrating unique and awesome individuals who have Autism, raising awareness on their abilities and potential.
For Teachers, Parents, Carers, people with the privileged of knowing someone with Autism, or people wanting to know more about Autism.
Project Autism will be celebrating Autism Awareness Month with the launch of THREE new Autism Courses.
Stay tuned to this website, and Digital Learning Tree for further information!
My website is now currently updated and reflecting the way my work has evolved over the last few years. As you all know I have been creating a lot of online courses available through Digital Learning Tree, University of North Dakota, and available for university credits through University of the Pacific.
I have also partnered with Teacher Training Australia, creating a number of Professional Development courses available to teachers/educators in Australia.
The courses I have written are iPads to teach K-12 Common Core Standards, guiding teachers to successfully implement and integrate this new technology into the curriculum and classroom, then that evolved into a course for using Androids to teach K-12 Common Core Standards. Must have Apps for the Classroom came next, as did my work on Autism Awareness, and iPads for Autism.
You can get a preview of these online courses from the Digital Learning Tree, or from my website "Further Reading and Resources", which will take you my Powerpoint Presentations on Slideshare.
I hope to aid teachers to successfully use these tools in the classroom as an educational tool, furthering their professional development, and in turn skyrocketing their students access to unique, engaging and creative ways of learning.