Technologies for At-Risk Students
1. Computers have the potential to make students feel comfortable and competent in their classroom. When used effectively, technology fosters students' participation and sense of engagement in learning. Computer-assisted instruction and interactive videos are great tools for this. Simply having a computer placed in front of a student is sometimes not enough; they need to be engaged and excited about the content placed before them.
2. iPads are quickly becoming a popular and powerful educational tool for classrooms. Besides the immediate benefit of engaging students, iPads can improve education efficiency and standards. Great uses for students would be that they show math processes, not just the answers; they poll students to show what they know or don't know; students can go on viral field trips; attendance can easily be taken; it gives a platform for storytelling; presentations are fun and different from a typical posterboard; it improves phsyical education via apps; you can graph data; and assignments can be turned in more easily. You never have to deal with the phrase "My dog ate my homework" because everything is paperless.
3. Music is another great tool for facilitating at-risk learners through technology. Students can get involved in the music performance programs, like band or choir, and increase their self-perception of musical competence. Rseearch has found that self-perception of musical competence and global self-worth can be correlated. This is because music is so diverse. Students are able to learn about culture while still participating in music. Singing and dancing are ways for kids to become involved and have fun with one another.