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policies and procedures using digital media in the classroom

Joanna Posey Special Education Teacher, Library Media Teacher for ScenicView Academy

We've put iPad minis into my Language Arts classes for Special Education Students. It has been a major undertaking to try to find apps that are age appropriate and at a lower level for each of my students.

In this exploration, I've come to realize that FREE apps are apps that may be in a beta-test mode.Many of these FREE apps have "hot girls" banners flying across the screen. (Note: This situation also begs for a use policy.) However, when the full version is released, then, typically, a charge for the download occurs. With this in mind, I found several age appropriate apps that are really helping my students to increase their literacy skills.

One is the Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary. This one is free and the updates are free on the iPad. With this app, the students voice in the word and the correct spelling comes up along with the definition, usage examples, synonyms, antonyms, and a thesaurus. Words are just a click away. Vocabulary building has increased among my students. They are excited to double check their spelling and correct word choice.

The excitment of digital tablets creates many adventures for my students. But the Merriam-Webster Dictionary has satisfied many educational needs among my students.

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Director of Programming and Innovation @Edutopia

Great point

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This is a great point, Joanna, that free apps often have inappropriate advertisements. If anyone has other apps that are safe in their free version, please share them here. Joanna, would it be OK if we changed the name of this thread to "Free apps without inappropriate ads" or something similar to indicate? I'd love to create a collection.

Secondary-Special Education Teacher

This might be a challenging

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This might be a challenging thread. As educators, we need to collaborate and share insights. Please start a new thread. I also appreciate the policies I received this morning from Jen and Eric. Thank you so much. I'm realizing that by sharing, we will help each other in this world of digital devices. Yet, we will also help others just joining this adventure to be more aware of policies, procedures, and applications.

Director of Programming and Innovation @Edutopia

Will do! Glad it was helpful!

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Will do! Glad it was helpful! We're going to be posting a couple of blogs on the topic of policies in the next week. I'll add the URLs when they're up.

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