Independent Case study

The SmartEdPad independent case study was designed by Creative Strategies for Special Education (CSSE) to obtain and analyze feedback from a cohort of professionals who used SmartEdPad as a supplemental resource tool in their therapy service programs during the 2012-2013 school year.

Employing an online survey and phone interviews, CSSE obtained data regarding the following key topics:

  1. user demographics
  2. unique SmartEdPad features
  3. comparison of SmartEdPad to other therapy resources and tools
  4. users' application and evaluation of SmartEdPad for treatment of students with disabilities and to meet workload requirements and
  5. satisfaction with pre-loaded apps.

The results confirmed that SmartEdPad's design and unique features provide a valuable resource for SLPs and OTs who find themselves challenged by the demands of their school therapy roles and responsibilities.

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Use cases

Autism Spectrum Disorder

One of the most important changes in the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) is to autism spectrum disorder (ASD). School-aged children with ASD tend to have communication deficits, such as responding inappropriately in conversations, misreading nonverbal interactions, or having difficulty building friendships appropriate to their age. In addition, people with ASD may be overly dependent on routines, highly sensitive to changes in their environment, or intensely focused on inappropriate items. Autism now affects 1 in 88 children and 1 in 54 boys. Autism is the fastest-growing serious developmental disability in the U.S.

Here is how SmartEdPad helps in the treatment of Autism:

  • Enhancing social interaction by offering a variety of social stories which are engaging for older elementary and middle-school students.
  • Enhancing verbal communication by offering apps that improve verbalization, expand vocabulary, advance linguistic development and improve sentence structure and complexity.
  • Enhancing nonverbal communication by offering an AAC device with layered picture icons and a keyboard..
  • Cognitive development by offering apps which improve reasoning, problem-solving and executive function skills.
  • Improving language development by offering apps for young students in the areas of vocabulary development, storytelling, and sequencing.

Learning Disability

Specific Learning Disability means a disorder in one or more of the basic psychological processes involved in understanding or in using language, spoken or written, that may manifest itself in an imperfect ability to listen, think, speak, read, write, spell, or to do mathematical calculations, including conditions such as perceptual disabilities, brain injury, minimal brain dysfunction, dyslexia, and developmental aphasia.

SmartEdPad assists student with learning disabilities in an entertaining and assistive way because:

  • Apps on reading and phonics offer excellent tools to supplement the student's reading practice and improve progress.
  • Apps for math provide a variety of additional practice items for students and improve skills.
  • Apps for writing provide structured and scaffolding practice in written language skills.

Language Disorders

Language Disorders are characterized by either difficulties in understanding (receptive) or expressing (expressive) language. Language disorders are seen in a wide variety of children: children who expand their vocabulary and word usage more slowly than others, children with a genetic or birth defects affecting the neurological system, children with lower cognitive abilities, or children who suffered a head injury.

For students with Language Disorders, the SmartEdPad provides countless apps for developing

  • Vocabulary
  • Word usage
  • Sentence structures
  • Verbal grammar skills—including verb tenses
  • Pragmatic (social) language skills.

Articulation Disorders

Articulation Disorders are characterized by the omission, substitution or distortion of one or more speech sound(s). Articulation disorders may be a result of faulty learning, damage to the muscles or anatomical structures used to produce speech, or a neurological disease or brain damage. Speech-language pathologists may treat articulation disorders using a variety of techniques.

For students with articulation disorders, the SmartEdPad apps for articulation provide tools for the practice of speech sounds in words, phrases and sentences.

User Videos

Katelynn Kapki, MA, CCC-SLP - Speech-language Pathologist

Ms. Katelynn Kapki provides therapy intervention to students with Autism, Asperger's and Down syndrome. In this video, she speaks about the quality of apps on the device and how SmartEdPad streamlines her work.

Orin Di Silva, MA, CCC-SLP - Speech-language Pathologist

Ms. Di Silva works in a county program with severely disabled students in the middle and high school age groups. In this video, she speaks about organizing apps through the catalogue system in order to retrieve and use them to meet each unique student's needs or to serve specific populations.

Albena Aldinova-Redanska, MA, CCC-SLP - Speech-language Pathologist

Ms. Albena Aldinova-Redanska deals with a wide range of students from pre-school to middle school. In this video, she speaks about how SmartEdPad positively supports traveling to multiple sites and the power of SmartEdPad when compared to general purpose tablets.

Dr. Jay Totter, MA, CCC-SLP, PhD - Director of Speech Services

Dr. Totter is a Speech-Language Pathologist with over 40 years of experience in the public school system. In this video, he speaks about the three major components of SmartEdPad and how easy it is to use.

Frequently asked questions

SmartEdPad = Dedicated Therapy Pad

Because of the ease of use and positive responses from students, therapists and teacher alike will see the SmartEdPad works! Activities easily adapt to the individual needs of one child or of a group of children. The apps in SmartEdPad help meet students' therapy needs because they:

  • Support parents' and schools' expectations for incorporating technology into instruction
  • Make transporting and storing simple than with conventional materials
  • Engage and motivate for students
  • Help in maintaining students' attention and interaction during group work.
  • Help in eliciting turn taking, stimulating interaction and in expanding students' oral communication.

Based on a recent survey, we found the majorities of users expressed positive satisfaction with SmartEdPad for the following reasons:

  • Cost saved by not having to purchase apps (95%)
  • Categories selected for organizing apps (91%)
  • Quality of pre-loaded apps (86%)
  • Time saved by having apps pre-loaded and not having to search and upload (80%)
  • Customized SmartEdPad views for Therapists and Students (76%)
  • Training to support effective use of SPED Pad (81%)
  • Responsive help desk for support issues (86%)

For Special Education Administrators in a School it:

  • Reduces cost of operations.
  • Improves quality of service.
  • Enhances therapist productivity.
  • Creates control and visibility into operations.
  • Increases parent satisfaction.
  • Introduces innovation in special education at economical costs.

For Therapists it:

  • Decreases paperwork.
  • Reduces stress in providing therapy.
  • Involves students positively and increases their response to therapy.
  • Increases parent satisfaction.
  • Personalizes care for each child.

For Clinics it:

  • Provides differentiated quality of service to consumers.
  • Enhances revenues and customer satisfaction.
  • Improves, quality, efficiency and cost of services.

For Students and Parents it:

  • Provides for special education intervention that is fun and interesting.
  • Allows for transition from special education and integration into mainstream more quickly.
  • Closely tracks progress in real time.
  • Special Education providers (i.e. therapists, teachers or administrators), students and parents at home and in schools, private clinics or other therapy locations.
  • Articulation
  • Attention
  • Behavior
  • ELD
  • Expressive Language
  • Fine Motor Skills
  • Fluency
  • Gross Motor Skills
  • Math
  • Memory
  • Pre-Academics
  • Reading
  • Reasoning Skills
  • Receptive Language
  • Recreation / Leisure
  • Sensory skills
  • Social Skills
  • Spelling
  • Verbal articulation
  • Writing
  • Alternative & Augmentative Communication (AAC)
  • Most therapists currently manually maintain their student case load and therapy details on paper, or in incongruent computer-based spread sheets. This leads to lack of traceability, lack of control, all of which ultimately impacts the quality of service provided. Traditional forms of record keeping can be time-consuming and cumbersome and can also lead to increased costs of providing service. The SpedApp in SmartEdPad address this exact issue with a powerful and easy to use solutions for managing case loads, schedules, lesson plans, therapy logs and so much more.

    Therapists provide therapy predominantly using conventional methodologies such as flash cards and paper based materials. They tend to carry bulky materials from site to site and most of these materials have a shelf life and/or are outdated. The print cycle for therapy materials is longer than the online cycle. Also most of the new therapy materials are available as mobility apps and not in paper format. Some therapists already use iPad and Samsung tablets to provide therapy and they use a few apps available in the market place. In such cases either the therapists use their personal money to buy the apps and are therefore restricted on how many apps that they can afford of their own, or they are limited by administrative funding, availability and researching effective, useful apps and by time-consuming trial and error. While apps for kindergarten and elementary grades seem plentiful on the internet, not all apps apply specifically to special education and therapy, and the process of researching, testing and trying countless apps can be long, arduous and frustrating and ultimately costly.

    The current generation of students responds most positively and productively to newer methods of teaching, especially interactive and entertaining ones. Children in special education particularly enjoy tablets and respond more enthusiastically to such therapy treatments. Most importantly, therapists can tailor the experience and education to individual students and track their progress real time.

One of the most notable variations in the fifth edition of Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) addresses autism spectrum disorder (ASD). School-aged children with ASD tend to have communication deficits, such as responding inappropriately in conversations, misinterpreting nonverbal interactions, and having difficulty building friendships appropriate to their age. In addition, people with ASD may be overly dependent on routines, highly sensitive to changes in their environment, or intensely focused on inappropriate items. Autism now affects 1 in 88 children and 1 in 54 boys. Autism is the fastest-growing serious developmental disability in the United States

SmartEdPad helps in the treatment of Autism by:

  • Enhancing social interaction by offering a variety of social stories which engage older elementary and middle-school students.
  • Enhancing verbal communication by offering apps that improve verbalization, expand vocabulary, advance linguistic development and improve sentence structure and complexity.
  • Enhancing nonverbal communication by offering an AAC device with layered picture icons and a keyboard.
  • Improving cognitive development by offering apps that improve reasoning, problem-solving and executive function skills.
  • Improving language development by offering apps for young students in the areas of vocabulary development, storytelling, and sequencing.

Specific Learning Disability means a disorder in one or more of the basic psychological processes involved with understanding or in using language, spoken or written, which may manifest itself in a delayed ability to listen, think, speak, read, write, spell, or to solve mathematical calculations. Learning disabilities include conditions such as perceptual disabilities, brain injury, minimal brain dysfunction, dyslexia, and developmental aphasia.

SmartEdPad assists student with learning disabilities in an entertaining and supportive way because:

  • Apps on reading and phonics offer excellent tools to supplement the student's reading practice and improve progress.
  • Apps for math provide a variety of additional practice items for students and improve skills.
  • Apps for writing provide structured and scaffolding practice in written language skills.

Language Disorders are characterized by either difficulties in understanding (receptive) or expressing (expressive) language. Language disorders are seen in a wide variety of children - children who expand their vocabulary and word usage more slowly than others, children with a genetic or birth defects affecting the neurological system, children with lower cognitive abilities, or children who suffered a head injury.

For students with Language Disorders, the SmartEdPad provides countless apps for developing

  • Vocabulary
  • Word usage
  • Sentence structures
  • Verbal grammar skills—including verb tenses
  • Pragmatic (social) language skills.
  • Articulation Disorders are characterized by the omission, substitution or distortion of one or more speech sound(s). Articulation disorders may be a result of faulty learning, damage to the muscles or anatomical structures used to produce speech, or a neurological disease or brain damage. Speech-language pathologists may treat articulation disorders using a variety of techniques.

    For students with articulation disorders, the SmartEdPad apps for articulation provide tools for the practice of speech sounds in words, phrases and sentences.

The SPED App offers the following benefits for SPED providers:

  • Reduces routine paperwork by 60%
  • Saves time in scheduling caseloads and managing therapy logs
  • Groups students based on age, disability or grade
  • Provides alerts regarding IEPs, service plan delivery and assessment plans
  • Creates progress reports with interactive charts
  • Generates detailed assessment reports for triennial IEPs
  • SmartEdPad is a secure device. Since student data gets stored in the device, it's of paramount importance to keep the data secure and allow for the removal of student records from the device if it gets stolen or lost.
  • We can convert the SmartEdPad into an Autism Pad, a Speech Pad, a Kindergarten Pad, an Elementary Pad, a Middle School Pad, an Occupational Therapy Pad and more. SmartEdPad can also be customized to an individual student, for example John's Pad, Tom's Pad, Cindy's Pad, etc., and rendered with only apps relevant to the student. Having said that - the therapist still will have access to the entire library, whereas the student will have access to only the selected apps relevant for their instruction and advancement.
  • The SmartEdPad can be leased or purchased. The purchase price is $699. The lease charge is $59 per month for 12 months.

You can buy SmartEdPad from our online store.  Please visit http://www.smartEdPad.com/Visit-Our-Store

 

You can also take help from our sales team to buy SmartEdPad.  You can reach them at 1-800-982-9430 or send us a email at contact@SmartEdPad.com

The price of SmartEdPad is actually $799. This is now offered at a special discount of $699. As such this is a discounted price. We may announce discounts during special conferences which may not exceed 5%. We also offer discount for bulk purchase. You can learn more about this from our sales team.

No, SmartEdPad is available only for purchase on one-time or 12/24 monthly installments.

The SmartEdPad is considered an AAC device and could be eligible for funding as such.   We will recommend you to check with the funding source to verify this before buying the SmartEdPad.
  • Delivery will be made within 7 business days from the date of order.
  • Hundreds of School districts, therapists and teachers across United States use SmartEdPad.
  • SmartEdPad comes with a case that provides protection from drops and scratches.

You have one year manufacturer warranty for mechanical failure in the SmartEdPad device. This will cover any hardware failure. Please note that if screen is damaged or device is broken, it is not covered in the current terms of warranty. You can have full coverage included at a small incremental cost of $99/year.

You have one year manufacturer warranty for mechanical failure in the SmartEdPad device.

No, it is not covered in the current terms of warranty. You can have it included with a small incremental cost.

No, there is lot of value for you by continuing the subscription. This includes technical support, continuous upgrade of SmartEdPad Platform and host of features that will let you get the best out of your SmartEdPad investment.

You can buy the apps in SmartEdPad for your Android based tablet. SmartEdPad apps are not compatible with iOS/iPad ecosystem.

SmartEdPad works on most Android devices regardless of the make and size.  If you have a Samsung, Nexus, Acer or any such popular tablet, SmartEdPad can be configured on the same.  

We can use your existing Android based tablet and give you the software package alone at a subsidized price.  Speak to us to learn more.

Please note that Kindle does not support SmartEdPad fully.

Yes, you can. You will need a compatible Android tablet device.

  • SPED K12 provides round the clock online support and live support between normal business hours Monday through Friday. The customer support number is 800-982-9430.

The Amazon Kindle ecosystem does not enable full functionality of SmartEdPad.

No, SmartEdPad is a Wi-Fi tablet.  It is not 3G enabled by default.

 

If you want a 3G enabled SmartEdPad, you can pre-order and get it from us at a small incremental cost.

No.We created SmartEdPad to function as a Dedicated therapy pad.   Due to current restrictions on iOS ecosystem, such a functionality cannot be rendered in iPad without jail breaking (also called as rooting) the iPad.  We would not recommend you to do the same.

Absolutely.  You can load many apps over and above the 100+ apps that we provide.  In addition you can have many pictures and videos in your SmartEdPad.

The internal memory of SmartEdPad is 1 GB RAM, 16 GB ROM.

The default external Memory/microSD™ Capacity is 32GB.  You can extend it to 64 GB.

SmartEdPad has over 100 apps.  Each of the apps are selected by experienced teachers and therapists.  

 

You can find apps for all age groups and most common Special Education Categories.  You can find the details in Over 100 Special Education Apps.

  • Language
  • Phonics
  • Articulation
  • Rhymes
  • Books
  • Social Skills
  • Pre-School
  • Math
  • Writing
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Puzzles / Memory
  • Games/Music/Fun
  • General Apps

Yes, you an.  All Apps in SmartEdPad are categorized by age and the skills it imparts.   This is an unique functionality in SmartEdPad that no standard tablet supports.

For instance, you can ask for kindergarten apps, elementary grade apps, or, say middle school apps and the apps will appear by age.

Also, you can search for apps based on the skills it imparts.  It could be say ELD, Articulation, Language or Social Skills.

You can also search in a combination of age group + Skills.  For instance, you can ask for apps for Elementary school addressing social skills and SmartEdPad will get you the apps that match the specified filter category.

The default device for SmartEdPad is Samsung Galaxy Tab.  Samsung Galaxy Tab is known for its good battery strength.   The battery life of your is SmartEdPad based on your usage. 

Industry tests indicate that the video battery life of Samsung Galaxy tab is around 8 hours.    By video battery life, we mean continually running a movie file on the tablet until its battery dies. 

For your normal usage of SmartEdPad for applications, games, email and browsing, you must get a much longer battery life.  We have reports from users that they charge their SmartEdPad just once every week and it stays on for normal usage.

SPED K12 Inc, the creators of SmartEdPad will keep adding new apps at frequent intervals.

We also have a special platform that allows us rapid development of new apps.  Using this platform we are able to release new apps frequently.  We also partner with external third party app developers to have their apps included in our platform. Our plan is to release minimum of a new app every month.  We have capability to release 2-3 apps every month

 

Yes, there are many apps that can be used in group setting.   There are also some apps that support multiple players.   Such apps can be used very effectively in a group setting.

We take user recommendation of apps very seriously.  If you recommend us an app that’s not available in SmartEdPad, we will get our expert panel to review the app.   If we believe that most users of SmartEdPad will benefit from that app and if the app is meaningful in the price point of SmartEdPad, we will engage in discussions with the publisher of the app to have it included in SmartEdPad.

We don’t guarantee you that all your new app requests will be addressed.  But you can be confident that we will make a sincere attempt to have them included.

  • Providers can easily download any apps from Google Play, Apple App store or Amazon Store. The apps will appear in a new section called User Apps.

Yes you can. You can download any of the apps that’s available in Google Play, or, Amazon App Store.

In a school environment, you are responsible for the content of the apps that you download.

If you download a new app, it will appear in a category called “User Apps”. You can use our Catalog functionality to move an app from “User Apps” to any specific category.

You are never locked into the SmartEdPad environment. SmartEdPad gives you the flexibility and comfort for you to download apps of your choice.   You can use your Google Play, or, Amazon App Store accounts to download both free and paid apps of your choice.  There is NO restriction on the number of applications that you can download.

If you download a new app, it will appear in a category called “User Apps”. You can use our Catalog functionality to move an app from “User Apps” to any specific category like “Speech”, “Language”, or, “Games”.

Yes.  As and when new apps are made available, you can see them at Manage Apps view. 

From the list of new apps that are available, you can choose to install those that you like and skip those you don’t want.

Yes, you can continue to use most applications after the full subscription period is over. Some features of SmartEdPad such as continuous upgrade, release of new apps, technical support and maintenance may not be available. However this is based on the current subscription policy and terms of use. Please refer to the most recent subscription and fair access policy for more details.

Yes, you will continue to get updates to all existing apps even if the subscription period is over. This excludes updates to SmartEdPad Platform.

Yes. There are wide ranges of case covers available for SmartEdPad. You can get this from your neighborhood store, or, online stores like Amazon.

You can look for hard / military duty case covers for Samsung Galaxy Tab and they will fit for SmartEdPad.  Please make sure you note the model / size of your SmartEdPad before ordering for the same.

While this is technically possible, the process of administering and managing different payment amount each month is not easy.    Hence, we don’t encourage such custom payment models.

Having said that, in rare cases, parents who have bought SmartEdPad on $59 payment model for 12 months have requested us to waive of charges for a specific month if they face any financial hardship and opted to pay two monthly installment at once the subsequent month.  We have considered genuine request from parents such as these.

Yes, you can.  However this is based on the current subscription policy and terms of use.  Please refer to the most recent subscription and fair access policy for more details.  

Having said that, in this example, while you can get your apps current when you activate a cancelled subscription, you would have missed technical support and certain features of SmartEdPad Platform during the 3rd year when your subscription wasn’t active.

For best use of SmartEdPad, we recommend you to keep your subscription current at all times.

If SmartEdPad is being used in a school district, you might want SmartEdPad usage to comply with your district IT policies. Some school districts allow Wi-Fi connection via proxy server. 

It’s easy to get this setup with SmartEdPad.   Here are the steps:

Click on Settings icon (Cogwheel icon). 

  • This can be found in the “System Apps” category.
  • You can also get here by clicking on the Wireless icon on the task bar (bottom right).  Once you are in here, click on the Settings (Cogwheel icon)
  1. Click on Wi-Fi. You will see it on the left navigation.
  2. Once you click on WI-Fi, it will show you the list of available wireless networks.  Click and hold your school district Wi-Fi network (for typically 3-5 seconds).
  3. A new popup will appear.  Here, click on the “Modify network config.” Option.
  4. This will open a new popup.    The popup is tiny and scrollable.   Scroll to look for the option “Show advanced options”
  5. Click on the box (check box) before “Show Advanced Options”
  6. Scroll down further. You will see option to enter your Proxy Settings.
  7. Your district IT team members will be able to provide you with the proxy details.