Technologies for At-Risk Students
Technology is huge in helping at-risk students. When technology is used students tend to be more engaged. Technology helps to ensure that the student gets hands on learning as well as being taught the material. It reinforces what the teacher has taught in a fun and creative way. Three great technology pieces are iPads/tablets, interactive whiteboards, and computers.
iPads/Tablets: These are a great resource because of the wide span of options you have with them. An iPad and tablet have many apps that have been created that can help to engage students and enforce teacher learning. Students can take quizzes on the iPads. They can also record videos or make animation slide shows about what the teacher has taught them. A tablet is also great for note taking and researching. A tablet is a great portable device that has a slew of options to engage and reinforce student learning.
Interactive Whiteboards: These are great because it is on a big screen that everyone can see. The features offered on the interactive whiteboard really enhance student learning because you can do some much. The whiteboard can be used for math, history, science, art, and other subjects. In history you can use maps and draw on them. In science you can draw the water cycle. The whiteboard has many features that make learning fun for the student, but also reinforces what they have been taught. It is great for both students and teachers a like.
Computers: Computers are one of the greatest pieces of learning technology that you can utilize because most schools will have computers. A computer is great for group projects and to help the teacher enhance their lessons. A computer works well for the back of the classroom type project where students go in groups and work their project. They are great resources for creating power points and simply teaching the kids how to type. An iPad can do most, if not all, of what a computer can do, but not all classrooms will have an iPad, so it is great to see what you can do on a computer.
Technology helps at risk students because it engages them, make learning more fun, provides hands on interaction, and also helps if maybe the student isn't quite at the level of the other students.
Below is a video about technology and at-risk students that was really interesting to hear. This video is of the U.S. 2009 Teacher of the Year, Anthony Mullen. He shares his experiences teaching at-risk students who have achieved academic success with the help of classroom technology.