PVSD receives $5k for iPads for special needs students

Students in a transitional kindergarten/diagnostic 1 class at Evergreen Elementary School had the chance to work with iPads this past school year. They used the devices to illustrate and write their own stories, along with other activities, during their time in the classroom.

COLLEGEVILLE – Perkiomen Valley School District has been awarded a $5,000 grant from CCRES that will be used to purchase five iPads and a multitude of applications that will be used by special needs students in the 2013-14 school year.

Special education teachers and district speech/language pathologists plan to use the iPads to target different skills and ability levels through apps that have been designed to increase vocabulary, math skills, reading, phonics, listening comprehension, organizational skills, articulation, language and social skills. The devices may also be used to help non-verbal students make requests, communicate feelings and interact socially with peers through picture-to-voice output.

“We are excited to be able to expand our use of the iPad among our special education population. The iPad is known to be highly motivating for students, and is a terrific tool for teachers who are striving to meet the many unique needs of all of our students,” said Mark McIntyre, Director of Special Education. “We are proud to have been chosen as a grant recipient by the CCRES and thank this organization for making it possible for us to provide this technology without a significant financial impact to our district.”

CCRES is a non-profit organization that specializes in providing educational and behavioral health services and works in collaboration with school districts, intermediate units and the behavioral health system.

Perkiomen Valley School District is located at 3 Iron Bridge Road in Collegeville.

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