A Curriculum unit using Ipads ™ for Gifted children with autism. UNIT – THE AMAZING RACE - Using iPad ™ technology & applications. RATIONALE
- Using iPad™ technology & applications
I contend that using technology in a gifted classroom with children who have autism can assist in transforming their learning. When the iPad™ was released I believed that this technology could be revolutionary when utilised within the classroom, daily in all curriculum areas.
Consequently, I have designed a unit that can be used for all gifted students (however my example is for gifted learning students who have autism) and can be adapted to tailor their specific abilities, talents and skill set. Primarily the design is for use with an iPad™ but could also be adapted for use with PCs or Laptops.
The unit is based on the television program ,The Amazing Race . The program is a race where teams of two unite to follow prompts, activities and challenges which has them travelling around the world. They can’t move to the next activity until they finish the last & the challenges are varied and unique.
I looked online to see if there were any units similar, surprisingly there was so I have adapted some of the concepts from these units (Fitzroy High School; Royal Children’s Hospital Education Centre; Sebasticook Valley Middle School).
The unit will use an iPad™ and applications to simulate The Amazing Race. I used the following applications: Google Earth, Geocaching, Keynote, Pages, Kidpaint, Google, Strip Design, Pictello, Story Patch, Pictello, My Memoir, Jumbo Calculator, & Numbers.
The unit integrates a number of VELs Standards & domains within the strands including:
Communication – Listening; viewing; and responding
English – reading; writing; speaking and listening
Mathematics – measurement, chance & data; space
Humanities - Geography; Geospacial skills
ICT – for visualising thinking; creating and communication
Technology & Design – Investigating & designing; producing
Interpersonal Development – Working in teams
Personal Development – Being the individual learner
Thinking Processes – reasoning, processing & inquiry; creativity;
reflection, evaluation & meta cognition
Student Preparation & Previous Learning:
This Unit is based on the television program “The Amazing Race”.
Student simulate the game using an iPad™ and Google Earth.
Students are given a series of questions and clues and from the questions research to find out a location which may be anywhere in the world.
Once they reach the location they will have a series of tasks to choose from and these tasks will be a choice from Gardner’s (1983) Multiple Intelligences.
Students can present their work in a variety of different ways, again reflecting their talents and particular learning style.
Once they complete the task, they can move on to the next clue and set of directions which moves them to a different location.
The unit can be structured so that the activities around and I alter the tasks and ability depending on the age and ability of the students.
The activity can be completely student-centred and the teacher can play the role of facilitator and mentor.
Group Level: 9-10 year old Students with Autism (however this unit can be adapted for any student in the Primary age range).
Students can work individually or in pairs. As most of the students are autistic, one of the areas I may direct is to encourage socialisation skills and team work.
Focus: Geography & Culture
Using iPad™ and applications to navigate around the world
Teamwork & Socialisation
Time Frame: Term Unit – ten weeks. This is an integrated unit, so the lessons will be incorporated daily across all curriculum areas. As previously mentioned, children will go at their own pace,
The tasks as outlined will be uploaded as keynotes on each student’s iPad.
Go back over your work and make an assessment about its worth.
Is there something you can improve?
Is there something you want to change/add/delete?
Don’t be afraid to redo something.... it doesn’t
mean it is wrong, it just means you are improving
Ask one of your peers to read/view your work.
Is there something in the unit you would like to
Write your thoughts in your journal.
Assessment will be based on children approach the task; how independently they move through the activities; their level of creativity, wisdom, intuitiveness and astuteness; the pieces of work they produce; and their own self assessment of their processes and work.
Name: independently they move through the activities; their level of creativity, wisdom, intuitiveness and astuteness; the pieces of work they produce; and their own self assessment of their processes and work.
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Reflective Assessment independently they move through the activities; their level of creativity, wisdom, intuitiveness and astuteness; the pieces of work they produce; and their own self assessment of their processes and work.
You can reflect upon the learning experience & write reflective comments about each student. For example...
CONCLUSION independently they move through the activities; their level of creativity, wisdom, intuitiveness and astuteness; the pieces of work they produce; and their own self assessment of their processes and work.
The Amazing Race is one unit of work that can be utilised using Technology Assisted Learning using iPads™ for gifted students, including gifted students with learning disabilities.
Technology is a perfect vehicle to design unites that facilitate a student centred approach that focuses on a child’s individual talents, learning style and interests. Using this technology students become designers of their own curriculum & teachers become facilitators & mentors. Students also learn to become self assessing through reflection and from this ‘space’ learn how to learn.
The best gift we can gift any student is to give them the ability to know how to learn, to develop thinking skills and be able to reflect upon their own work. Building this sense of independence, grows and evolves children to become the best they can be and reach their potential.