Educational Technology

March 21, 2012

Reach for the laptop

Filed under: Educational Technology — admin @ 12:40 am


One autistic teenager is turning his education around thanks to his laptop computer and the tech-savvy teachers at his high school. “On last semester’s report card, I fell short of 90% by the smallest possible margin,” boasts Matthew Doherty, a Grade 11 student at St. Basil Secondary School. Matthew, 16, has Asperger syndrome, an autism spectrum disorder characterized by social difficulties, trouble communicating, and a tendency to focus intently on select interests. In school, it means Matthew has trouble with organization — remembering what assignments he needs to do, when to hand them in and when to expect his next test in class. But in the three years since Matthew started high school, he has found he is having less and less trouble with those things, and he attributes it to a laptop program that lets students and teachers interact digitally.

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