KAHLON FAMILY SERVICES INTEGRATES IPADS INTO SCHOOL CURRICULUM
At Kahlon Family Services (KFS), teachers help their students learn to navigate a world of social skills we often take for granted. One such skill is appropriate technology use.
Instructors at KFS believe deeply in technology as an educational tool. When I met two students, Jason and Henry, they eagerly demonstrated the myriad of apps they used on their Noviaris-donated iPads. Their favorite was an app used to simulate science experiments —- they showed how they put together a virtual potato battery and tested how well it worked. When it didn’t work the first time, they tried different combinations of parts and eventually got it running.
Jason and Henry have access to many other experiments —- an entire lab inside a glass tablet. And unlike an actual lab, everything is completely safe. There is no need for careful (and, to a young kid, boring!) safety precautions. The boys are able to focus on the science they are learning, and their energy is palpable. Through their virtual lab they’ve developed an intense passion for learning and science.
While their iPads serve as a valuable learning tool, their impact for Kahlon Family Services is even deeper. The teachers of the program noted a remarkable improvement in behavior following the Noviaris’ donation of iPads, which replaced their students’ devices from home. Their theory: the newfound structure of device usage. Before, students would argue to play games during class time, claiming “I play this game on this iPad at home.” With the new Noviaris iPads, they associate a class iPad with class time, and a home iPad with games at home.
Kahlon Family Services plans to continue developing their iPad program further, noting the vast untapped potential of the devices as learning tools. Among their ideas: setting up emails for their students to teach them the nuance of online interactions, class exercises on internet safety, and much more. The team at Kahlon Family Services was thankful for our donation, and looks forward to growing the iPad program in the future!