An NPR reporter examines whether the use of iPads for special education students actually results in measurable educational gains. He states that research shows that engagement is increased, but does not clearly prove that students are actually learning more. He is encouraged by teachers' anecdotal observations about their students' use of these devices, but concludes that more research is needed before purchasing iPads for entire schools or districts.
The CTD is funded by the U.S. Department of Education. Its mission is to promote research-based uses of technology for students with disabilities. The site includes a library and learning center, with many professional development resources for learning more about how to use technology successfully with these students.
Assistive Technology Specialist David Andrade is a Google Apps Certified Administrator who has seen "improved focus and reduced anxiety" in students using these tools. This post provides Andrade's list of favorite apps and assistive technology to help special education students.
Special Education teacher Kelly Hall enthusiastically discusses the ways Google Forms can make the jobs of special education teachers easier. Specifically, she discusses using Forms for IEP-related documents. She notes that there are many other uses for Google Forms.
High school teacher Cheryl Oakes shares how using Google education apps has helped her students who have difficulty completing and turning in assignments. She likes the advanced editing and commenting features that allow her to suggest improvements to her students' writing without the negative associations of the traditional red pen.