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Technology supports opportunities for student leadership

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Matt is a senior student at James Cook High School in Auckland. To support his access to the curriculum, as he has low vision, Matt has been using an iPad alongside other assistive technologies.

Narrator:

Matt is a senior student at James Cook High School in Auckland. To support his access to the curriculum as he has low vision, Matt has been using an iPad alongside other assistive technologies.

Matt:

I use my iPad to write, read, read books, surf the net and it is very easy to use and it’s fast and efficient, so when you use it it’s there. Most of the time I use my iPad to type now so I really just really type really. I don’t really write.

Narrator:

But it’s been beyond Matt’s immediate studies that the iPad has opened up a range of opportunities.

Matt:

I’m in a group called Ngāti Kāpo, and I am the Secretary, so I write down all the notes on Cloud On, so the document app that I use. That way I can just put it straight into a document and send it off to the person that I need to send it off to.

Narrator:

When Matt first got an iPad the teaching team recognised pretty quickly that Matt was highly engaged by the new technology. He really enjoyed setting it up to suit his personal preferences, and also began exploring the many apps and making recommendations to the teaching team. As Matt is also a student with BLENNZ, as a suite of iPads were introduced into the school’s library, Matt became the go to person if you needed any advice or support. Matt now has a reciprocal relationship with the library team where they share the ongoing management of the iPads and together they plan to support the BLENNZ community to make the most use of them.


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