Hand Held Research Tool for Students
Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have research at your fingertips? The things that students could do in the classroom using a handheld device would be mind blowing. Using this device at their desks would increase creativity and productivity. Time would not be spent out of their seats finding dictionaries or having to leave the classroom to access research. They would be able to speak or type the word or concept they were needing to spell or research. It could be used by individuals or by groups as they did project-based learning in the classroom.
Teachers would be able to post links to web sites on the board for students to explore. Students could collaborate to find interesting information to create projects that reflected their learned knowledge. I envision students collaborating with students all over the world using this device by using Google Drive to create documents for their research.
This device would allow teachers to be more accessible to students who need extra support. This device could be tailored made for special-education students. They could be made to address the specific learning disability of the student. It could provide the visual or auditory learning that may be needed bye the individual student.
As a special-education teacher, I would be able to use Snagit and screencast.com to help my students learn how to utilize the device more effectively. This would help my students be productive by providing research at their fingertips. Many of my students need extra support. This device would help me provide the extra support to stimulate their brains and engage them in their own learning process. Oh, the possibilities!
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