It is a real treat when you have the opportunity to consult with a company whose mission you truly believe in and who is doing great things for teachers and students. I get to do that now with a company called SmartEdPad. I spent over twelve years in the classroom sometimes having as many 6 special needs students in a class of 21. I had bean bag chairs, stools, texture boxes, colored paper, colored pens, and colored gels. I had plain, calm spots in the room and rich, engaging spots. Anything I could think of to help students be successful. How much easier it all would have been if I only had SmartEdPads to help me differentiate my instruction.
The SmartEdPad is a Samsung Galaxy tablet that has the SmartEdApp installed on it. This app is phenomenal! First, I roster my students. Once they are rostered I can personalize their instruction by assigning specific apps that I know will motivate and engage them while supporting their IEPs. Through the management tool I can make sure that they cannot delete apps, get onto the Internet, or see things that are inappropriate or distracting. I absolutely love this feature!
One thing I especially love is that the SmartEdPad comes preloaded with over 100 apps, like Avaz, Pocket SLP and Tally Tots, all specifically chosen by practitioners to help special needs students. They are categorized under headings such as articulation, social skills along with content areas such as math and reading. I don’t have to spend hours searching for, and then trying out, apps I think I need. This is a huge time saver!
The Smart Ed system gives me some great management tools. I can plot lesson goals, indicate service levels, create reports and charts that show progress over time, and write therapy logs. What’s more, any adult can log in from anywhere and see real time information on a rostered student. This means that the therapist can complete a session, the teacher can see how far the student got, the parent can see what they can work on at home with their child and the administrator can get a big picture of how all the students in the district are doing. All this information can also be emailed. This is true collaboration!
Because of apps like Avaz, students who are previously frustrated because they were unable to communicate, can now signal for help or express joy. Tally Tots and Math Magic help all students develop sound math skills. The SmartEdPad comes with over 100 apps categorized under Social Skills, reading, rhyme, music, games, Spanish, text to speech, writing, puzzles, arts and crafts, books, articulation, AAC, and language arts. If you have a student who needs an app you already have on your device or is available from the Google play store, it is easy to add it to the SmartEdPad management system. Who doesn’t love a flexible management system!
From managing students, collaborating with practitioners and parents, and collating student data, the SmartEdPad is a dream-come-true-tool for anyone working to help special needs students succeed.
Go to www.smartedpad.com or call 1- 800-982-9430 for additional information.