This is the folder that we use to facilitate independent work with the iPad. Each app has been printed out and laminated. There is a velcro sticker on the back. The apps used for the day can be pulled into their own folder on the iPad prior to class and laid out in order on the right side of the file folder. There is a box to enter the number of times/problems the student should complete and a check box for when it is finished. The file folder has been laminated so that an overhead marker can be used to fill these out and then be wiped off at the end of class. Apps not being used can be stored on the left side of the folder. I would recommend using rows instead of the spread out pattern here, so that more apps can be easily added.

This is video of how the folder helps us get organized for our work. The folder has become very useful when I am working with two students at the same time. Jalen can follow the folder and independently complete his work, though he does often look for confirmation for how many times he has completed the exercise or how many he has left.

The iPad can also be used to motivate Jalen to complete other types of work. It can serve as a break for him and encourage him to complete his work both independently and completely in order to receive more time on the iPad. We often use the phrase, "My turn" when transitioning him off of the iPad. The concept of taking turns is clear to him.

Quite by accident, Jalen discovered Plants vs. Zombies on Sara's iPad. He was instantly obsessed with it. He became so excited and it quickly became a big motivator for Jalen. If he completed work or had good behaviors at a particular time, he was allowed to play Plants vs. Zombies. Another motivation within the game was competing against my family. Jalen loves the fact that he is further than my son and I, and strove to reach the levels my husband was at.

The iPad has provided support in many curricular areas. From Math to Spelling to Physics (that's my justification for Angry Birds), there are many ways to use the iPad to achieve curriculum goals. Here, Jalen is practicing adding and subtracting using DinoMath. DinoMath uses visuals for every problem and allows younger students to physically count items to arrive at the answer, while still providing the problem written out at the top of the screen.

Puppet Pals has quickly become one of our favorite apps. Both Jalen and my five-year-old son began using the app with no direction from me. The creativity that resulted from both of them astounded me. For Jalen, this was a great exercise in verbal skills and storytelling. He even changes his thought process part way through the story. When he ran into a technical glitch (he couldn't get the cowboy big again after making him tiny), he worked the glitch into his story. This is one of my favorite clips of his work.