Several APS teachers ditch paper and pencils for IPads

Created: 08/22/2014 10:39 AM
By: Kim Tobin, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Many educators see that kids don't learn the same way they used to. Some teachers at APS are ditching paper and pencil and opting for something a little more tech savvy to teach their students.

Rita Marie Theiler is a special education teacher at McCollum Elementary School. She teaches students with autism and she takes a different approach.

"The iPad gives them the same info, the same way, every single time, which is something, that just being a human, I am not able to always do," said Theiler.

Theiler has had iPads in the class for a couple years and the district says she's been an example of how well it works kids.

She's seen kids who have had trouble counting improve leaps and strides very quickly using the apps, because it feels like a game and it is fun. She says touching, interacting and engaging with the device is really helpful.

And now more iPads are coming to aps.

"We have been given a grant, and we are acquiring about 100 more iPads and they are going to be distributed through the Special Ed classrooms," said Theiler.

The goal is for each child to have a personal iPad in these kinds of classrooms. To help students keep learning and keep growing with technology.

"When they are successful, they want to learn more and they want to do more things," Theiler said. 

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