Tablet PC Works for Student with MS


Carol Allen described uses of Tablet PCs with students with disabilities. Her purpose was to understand the value a Tablet PC to learners with special educational requirements. A Year 8 student with MS wrote at North Tynsdale Woodlawn School:

“So far it has been going great! I have finally got the hang of the writing pad. It was difficult to write r’s on the machine and also l’s. I don’t think it understood my writing.”

He used script to text with the input panel, on-screen keyboard, and voice recognition to text. Overall the Tablet gave the student more options to express himself and was well received into the school. Its portability, choice of input and ease of use make it desirable.

Kudos to Carol and her schools.

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Robert Heiny
Robert W. Heiny, Ph.D. is a retired professor, social scientist, and business partner with previous academic appointments as a public school classroom teacher, senior faculty, or senior research member, and administrator. Appointments included at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Peabody College and the Kennedy Center now of Vanderbilt University; and Brandeis University. Dr. Heiny also served as Director of the Montana Center on Disabilities. His peer reviewed contributions to education include publication in [I]The Encyclopedia of Education [/I](1971), and in professional journals and conferences. He served s an expert reviewer of proposals to USOE, and on a team that wrote plans for 12 state-wide and multistate special education and preschools programs. He currently writes user guides for educators and learners as well as columns for [I]TuxReports[/I].com.