Every day I am more convinced of the need to educate through emotions. My personal experience in the classroom has taught me that if there is no emotion in the classroom, an important part of the educational process is incomplete. We talked about the emotions generated between teachers and students, as well Rita Pierson says in her TED: “Students do not learn from someone who do not like” and I can not agree more with her. We all remember a special teacher, someone who has influenced in some way in our lives; surely the one we learnt more because we shared our emotions.
Today we’ll talk about the emotions of our students and how to deal with these emotions in the classroom with the aid of some apps. Throughout the two years we have been working in the classroom with tablets, we have found several applications that are very interesting and now we want to share them with you. For students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) emotions are one of the most important aspects to work with because they have great difficulty in recognizing feelings, that’s why emotion apps were the first we used in the classroom.
Continue reading to know these interesting iPad apps.
In this post is presented the first program created with Sphero using MacroLab in our Sphero factory.
For more information about MacroLab have a look at our previous post. Sphero Macro Lab. Session 1:
In the following lines we will explain the commands used and what they are doing.
Visual Suite is a communication picture software that aims to help the professionals (teacher, speech and language therapist etc.) and the parents/carers to create resources for students that are not verbal or having speech and language difficulties. Using this software you can have over 15,000 high quality images from various categories such as: foods, places, items, behavioural and living skills etc. which can be used as flash cards, visual aids, behavioural charts, communication cards, token boards, checklists, behaviour management materials, chore charts, living skills charts etc. and enhance the communication of your children.
Windows XP or higher (including Vista and Windows 7) and Mac OS X 10.4 or higher (including 10.5 and 10.6)
“Make me Pirate” is an intuitive, funny and FREE app that allows you to create your own personalize pirate portrait.
You can find a IOS and Android Version, i use this iPad application and it’s very interesting when I was teaching the book “Treasure Island. It is one more way to make them engage and feel as if they were really pirates . Also you can use a little trailer of film from Youtube
It also can be used in drama in order to prepare some scenarios.
After finishing your own portrait there is the option of sending it via email or sharing it via Twitter or Facebook.
iPads y Autismo
Our main goal is to get an inclusive school where all students find their own space. To achieve this, we work with ICT tools that facilitate the access to the content and are very accessible and motivating for students. In particular, we work with iPad apps to provide educational resources to meet the needs of students with disabilities. Two years ago we created ” iPads and Autism “, a project that aims to improve school inclusion of students with special educational needs (SEN), and more specifically, students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in regular classrooms.
Our objectives are:
- To improve the inclusion of students with ASD at school.
- To enhance their skills and abilities with tablets.
- To provide a communication tool to students with speech and language impairment.
- To achieve a greater degree of autonomy and strengthen their self-esteem.
- To provide an inclusive tool to work with these students in regular classrooms.
In this short post I wanted to spread my playlist of educational videos using Sphero.
Some of them are about coding, about the integration between sphero and other platforms, about teaching experiences, tutorials, and so on.
I hope you enjoy it
ABC Ninja is an exciting educational game that helps kids rapidly learn their letters by sight, sound, and touch.
The interface is very intuitive and allows also to teach and learn phonics.
It is an adaptation of the successful game Fruit Ninja, but with letters.
I was a little skeptical in the beginning but I have to confess that the students’ learning was great and that they love it.