When a parent or teacher says "an iPad will make Billy more independent", I don't know what Billy's school issues are. As an Assistive Technology Professional my goal is to be goal driven. So I ask questions such as: "what is it Billy is struggling to do in school?"... "What academic tasks do we want him to be able to achieve?"... and "What has been tried already?" First the problems need to be identified. Then the team can create a goal. The goal will then drive the solution.
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At the end of your student's academic career, our hope is that he progressed to the best of his ability and that he is prepared for his next adventure. An iPad may or may not have been a part of the equation. If so, hopefully this was determined through careful analysis of his academic barriers, the creation of achievable and measurable goals, and the least restrictive interventions.
I welcome your thoughts!