Technology helping Valley View students learn new skills
Students in Valley View School District’s Secondary Transition Experience Program (S.T.E.P.) are using iPads and iTouch devices to learn the skills they will need in their homes and in their community as they get older.
Using funds obtained through a grant application written by former S.T.E.P. teacher Andrea Ellexson, the devices allow students to continually learn whether on the bus traveling, in their homes, at their jobs or on even in grocery stores.
About 75 students use the IPads and ITouch devices, which can be checked out at the school. The students receive messages on their ITouch or IPad helping them determine their next step in whatever it is they are doing. The device prompts the students by showing them a picture and instructions.
The students also use the devices to view videos that help them with reading and writing. Each video assists students in learning social skills, community safety skills and public transportation as well as how to protect themselves and be aware of their surroundings.
Additionally, the “Stranger Danger” function helps children deal with a missed bus while out in the community or what to do if he or she is approached by a stranger
Students leave the S.T.E.P. program before they turn 22-years-old. Some S.T.E.P. students go on to a community college, while other must spend more time working on meeting goals set for them for life after Valley View.
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