Apple Watch to Aid Special Education
The way technology has progressed in the past few years is nothing short of miraculous. There was a time when the computer was the hot new machine that everyone was raving about. Then came smartphones, which boasted almost all the features of a computer in a palm friendly body. And while the world was still wrapping its heads around all the possibilities of these smart devices, the idea of having it all on your wrist came along.
Smart watches are definitely the future of smart technology, or a major part of it at least. Even after their growing popularity in the market, smart watches still make us feel like they came out of some futuristic movie where the actors talk into their wrists to communicate with each other. However, any people think that they are a gimmick. They argue that these watches have no viable real world use, and Apple has taken it on itself to prove them wrong by having its Apple Watch aid special education students be more responsive, and learn in a more personalized way.
A Huge Hit Among Students
The Apple Watch was shown off to the special students of A. Harry Moore School of New Jersey City University. This is a school that advocates the use of innovative tools to help improve the standards and methods of education for its special students.
The Apple Watch was received by the students in a very positive manner, hence proving that it could aid them in their special education. Early students love things they can interact with anyway, and the Watch was passed around from student to student in awe.
Social Studies, Personalized Education, And More
The teachers at the school have many possible ways the Apple Watch could be used:
- The geolocation features of the Watch can help students learn more about social sciences.
- The accessibility settings make it easier for children with visual impairments to see the content on the watch, as they can easily make it larger.
- Many children responded positively to Siri, which can make it easier for them to learn some things.
- Students who are physically impaired, and don’t have all ten fingers, can easily access the watch and interact with it thanks to its double-tap and sliding interface.
- Teachers can even track their students’ physical activities using the Apple Watch. The watch can help gather data about the students’ movements on their wheelchairs so that the teachers can devise personalized physical education courses for them.
The watch can be paired with an iPhone or an iPad so that students can easily control accessibility features like making text larger. This zoom feature really comes in handy when students with vision impairments are taken into account. The Apple Watch also has the advantage of notifying the students of important messages. This was experimented on a student who swiftly rose her arm up when she received a vibration alert on her watch.
All in all, the Apple Watch does have the potential to aid special education students. The teachers at the school are hopeful that the watch can be used by students to put multiple senses of theirs to work, and the data gathered by the watch can help teachers generate individualized educational courses for the students.