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ERIC Number: EJ1231815
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019-Sep
Abstractor: As Provided
Using Apple Watch to Increase Behavior Specific Praise and Promote a Positive Learning Environment
Markelz, Andrew M.; Riden, Benjamin S.
Journal of Special Education Apprenticeship, v8 n2 Sep 2019
Effective classroom management is pivotal in special education teachers' successful interactions with students who frequently engage in inappropriate and undesirable behaviors. One evidence-based strategy to promote positive social and academic outcomes is behavior specific praise (BSP). Yet, regardless of the evidential benefits of BSP, teachers continue to use low rates of praise because frequent student disruptions and general off-task behaviors reinforce teachers to reprimand. Apple Watch is at the forefront of a growing wearable industry and is increasingly common on special education teachers' wrists. With the assistance of a publicly available application (app), the Apple Watch easily becomes a tactile prompting device to vibrate on an interval schedule and remind teachers to deliver BSP. In this scenario situation, we examine how Apple Watch can serve as a tool to practice effective classroom management and foster a positive learning environment.
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Positive Reinforcement, Handheld Devices, Technology Uses in Education, Computer Oriented Programs, Tactual Perception, Prompting, Special Education Teachers, Intervals, Evidence Based Practice
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