“Technology is just a tool. In terms of getting the kids working together and motivating them, the teacher is most important.” – Bill Gates

CEP 812: Understanding ADHD: Implications for the Classroom

on July 22, 2014

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder affects millions of children throughout the United States. If you’re an educator, chances are you have at least one student in your classroom who has been diagnosed with ADHD. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 11% of school-aged children have ADHD (2011). Because of the prevalence of ADHD in school-aged children, I chose to investigate this disorder in more depth this week for CEP 812.

Though the causes of the disorder are still widely debated (genetics vs. environment), it can be agreed upon that children with ADHD face many challenges in the classroom. In order to be successful in school, children must engage in the material presented and practice it in some fashion, whether through writing, drawing, or doing (Bransford, 2000). In my paper, found here, I argue that assistive technologies, like Apple’s SoundNote, can assist ADHD students in remaining engaged through allowing them to actively respond to material as it is being presented.

To see a short video demonstration of SoundNote, click here.



Bransford, J., National Research Council (U.S.)., & National Research Council (U.S.). (2000). How people learn: Brain, mind, experience, and school. Washington, D.C: National Academy Press.


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2011). Attention-deficit/Hyperactivity disorder (ADHD): Data and statistics [Data file]. Retrieved from


One response to “CEP 812: Understanding ADHD: Implications for the Classroom

  1. seniurar says:

    Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is so prevalent in the classroom today. The information you provided about the disorder itself I found very interesting and enlightening. I had heard much about the heredity factor but very little about the environmental piece.
    Sound Note looks like a great tool for not only the student with ADD/ADHD but could be used with many others. I particularly liked the multisensory pieces: visual, auditory and tactile. It looks like it would be great for a student in the upper elementary all the way through high school. (Maybe even post secondary) I will be passing this on to staff as it looks like a very practical and useful tool.

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