I have a new therapy gadget. It's suppose to do wonderful things for me and make my work easier. So far, it's pretty much just taken up a bunch of time. Not necessarily while I have children in my room; it's the "extra" time.
Yesterday I was ready to throw the thing across the room. I had just about had it. This was not making my life easier.
Now that you're on the edge of your seat trying to figure out what this gadget is: it's an iPad. I seriously don't get all the apple hoopla. The kids think it's really neat, and there are some neat things on it, but honestly, I prefer my Android Tablet. The battery lasts just about the same, and I haven't had the problems with programs just shutting down like I do on the iPad. The best thing: my tablet was about 1/4 of the price of an iPad. And the kids think it's just as neat.
We have an app on the iPad that has picture cards on it. In theory, it's a pretty neat app: you enter a child's name, choose what sound they're working on, choose the words they're going to work on; then they say the word and I click the check or the "x". It's suppose to keep track of the data and tell me their percentage at the end of the session. Then, it's suppose to save that data so I can use it as a comparison. We're also suppose to have the capability of e-mailing the data to ourselves so we can print it out. Notice I said "suppose to". Here are the problems:
1) You can't e-mail the data if the wifi doesn't work any in the school except the library.
2) When I add a student, the app closes.
3) When I close out the session, it doesn't save the data if the student is working on the sentence level, and,
4) Yesterday, every time I tried to swipe the screen for the next picture, the app closed and didn't save the data.
So, I went back to the old-fashioned way: I got the picture cards out of my box and we used them. I took data the way I normally do: with a pencil and labels. I sent a couple of messages to the developers, but haven't heard any kind of reply.
I really, really hate to be a complainer, but I'm wondering if the money spent on all this technology is really worth it? Nothing, and I mean NOTHING can replace good, old fashioned interactions!