iPads and Education: Promoting Learning through Increased Engagement

November 5, 2013- Lock Haven University hosted the 7th Annual Assistive Technology Workshop on Monday, October 14, 2013, which was open to the public. Approximately 80 participants were in attendance, including LHU students, student teachers, and cooperating teachers from local school districts.

"This workshop was one of the most influential workshops I have attended since I have been at Lock Haven University and I learned a lot", said LHU student Taylor Randall who is currently enrolled in Law and Collaborative Practices.

Those in attendance learned how the iPad could be used with diverse leaners to break down barriers, increase engagement, capture data, and provide access to the curriculum. Also learned were ways applications could be customized to provide students of varying ages and abilities with access to learning targets in a fun and productive way.

Victoria Stottlemyer, LHU student enrolled in Communication Disorders and Assistive Technologies had this to say about the workshop, "One of the most common assistive technology devices being used in special education is iPads. They are used for communication devices, to adapt curriculum, to foster greater engagement of students in individual and group learning situations, and as a reinforcer or leisure time activity. The iPad supports users with vision, hearing, mobility, and learning differences. It was not created for people with disabilities, but it certainly has become a huge aid for them."

The annual assistive technology fair is coordinated by Latha Bhushan, Special Education at Lock Haven University. She can be contacted 570-484-2170 or via email at bhushan@lhup.edu.

Lock Haven University is a member of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE), the largest provider of higher education in the commonwealth. Its 14 universities offer more than 250 degree and certificate programs in more than 120 areas of study. Nearly 405,000 system alumni live and work in Pennsylvania.