The Kildonan School is a co-ed day and boarding school for children with dyslexia and language-based learning difficulties (grades 2-12) located in Amenia, New York, 90 miles north of NYC at the foothills of the Berkshires.
It was founded in 1969 by Diana Hanbury King, who had previously worked with dyslexic students at a school and camp directed by Helene Durbrow, who was trained by Dr. Samuel Orton and mentored by Anna Gillingham.
The Kildonan School uses assistive technology in grades 2-12, including a new iPad Program.
Kildonan Announces New 1:1 iPad Program
It is with a great sense of excitement that we announce the adoption of a new 1:1 iPad program, effective for all grades at Kildonan for the 2012-13 school year.
Over the past several months, members of the administration and heads of departments have been investigating the potential of iPads in our curriculum and the many benefits offered by incorporating tablet technology (including Assistive Technology applications, iBooks textbooks, and a reduced reliance on and use of paper). Thanks to a generous donation, we will be moving to an iPad-based platform over the summer, which will be fully integrated into our curriculum by Fall 2012. This marks an important step for the school as we continue to look for ways to provide the best learning environment for students with dyslexia and language-based learning differences.
Benefits of incorporating new iPads into the curriculum include:
• Dramatic increase in accessibility of learning materials
• Assistive Technologies (AT) built in to iOS 5 –
• More advanced AT available through apps, including the brand
new Inspiration Maps, which retains most of the functionality of the
Inspiration desktop software
• Interactive iBook Textbooks
• iBooks Author and iTunesU allow teachers to easily customize
teaching materials for our students
• Multisensory touchscreen interface taps into students’ inborn
connection between touch and curiosity
• Apple’s long-time commitment to education
Look for more updates as we approach the launch of the new iPad
program at Kildonan, and we look forward to sharing all of the exciting ways in which this new technology will enhance the educational opportunities for our students.