THE USE OF IPAD AND IWATCH AS AN ELEMENT OF IMPROVEMENT IN THE SOCIAL AND LEARNING SKILLS OF STUDENTS WITH DOWN SYNDROME
University of Alicante (SPAIN)
About this paper:
Conference name: 9th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies
Dates: 3-5 July, 2017
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Abstract:One of the great innovations that are taking place today is the incorporation of new technologies into our lives. Many developments are currently taking and improving our quality of life. Nowadays there are few people may be not in contact with any electronic device. Therefore it is necessary to incorporate these improvements in the educational field due to the great diversity of our students. Down syndrome has been one of the least studied disabilities in our schools. As a result we want to use ICT to improve short-term memory, attention during activities, hand-eye coordination and socialization of student with other students. These skills are very important for the learning and socialization of these students. We used an experimental group and a control group. It was formed by 3 students from 7 to 9 year-old. In contrast experimental group was composed by 5 students from 7-9 years old. All of them were schooled in an ordinary school but one of them needed abundant adaptation and very different to Curriculm. The students with Down syndrome did the IPAD activities in different sessions three times per week during school year. The sessions lasted one hour without taking a break. Iwatch was used to reinforce the learning and remind the student when he had to carry out the activity. The results of this proposal demonstrate improved motivation and memory by students. In addition to this we could observed that there was an improvement in the socialization of students with Down syndrome due to the use of ICT.
Keywords: Down Syndrome, IPAD, Iwatch, Learning skills, social skills.