Begun in 1966, Kingsway Learning Center is a nonprofit school dedicated to children with learning and developmental disabilities. Located in Haddonfield, New Jersey, the school has approximately 60 elementary and 100 high school students enrolled.
One of the center’s goals is to increase its relevancy in the field of special education while preserving this philosophy: “If a child can’t learn the way we teach, we’d better teach the way a child can learn.”
Through cutting-edge technology, Kingsway hopes to be a leader in special education. Its newest project is to initiate learning via iPads.
The goal is to provide an iPad for every student, teacher, and therapist to be used for student learning and parent/student communication. “We want to get the most out of it. Right now the potential is amazing,” explained Stefanie Mis, community relations director at Kingsway.
The medium offers versatility in access and use, and it is a great tool for students who cannot fully access other modes of technology. With it, families can see what a child has learned in school, get a glimpse of their child’s learning, and promote essential interaction for children who cannot communicate what occurred during their day.
Introduced in phases from a pilot program to use for an entire classroom, to use for the entire school, this project aims to improve student performance, staff development, and family communication through an interactive and dynamic mode of learning. “We are exploring exactly how they can be used so they can be used to their fullest potential,” commented Mis.
1 iPad is a mobile digital device and is a registered trademark of Apple Inc.