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Technology in Special Education


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IDT 285 Spring 11

IDT 285 Spring 11

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  • 1. Technology in Special Education
    Jaclyn Cawthon, Alexis Slater, Emily Hawkins, Kaitlyn Foley
  • 2. Concepts
    Technology Integration Strategies for Special Education
    Multimedia Tools
    Assistive Technology
    Assessing Students
  • 3. Examples of how devices can be used with computer systems and software in Special Education
    Digital Cameras - visual examples
    Video Tape instead of writing
    Scanners -make copies of notes     
    Pictures of how to complete a task
  • 4. Examples of how technology can be used in communicating, collaborating, conducting research, and/or solving problems in special education
    Internet for research
    Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) 
    Changes to the keyboard - joysticks or switches
    Websites – challenging research
  • 5. Examples of how to use productivity tools for word processing, database management, and spreadsheet applications in Special Education
    Word processors - Don Johnston's Write: OutLoud
    Simplified version of word processing - Tom Synder's Scholastic Key
    Don Johnston's Co:Writer- predicts words     
  • 6. Examples of how to use multimedia tools within Special Education
    1. Instructional software
    2. Interactive Books and ebooks  
    3.  Reference Materials
    4.  Collections of Development Resources
  • 7. Specific examples of how to use resources for adaptive/assistive devices for students with special needs
    1.  Students with Physical Disabilities - use alternative keyboards such as Intellitolls' IntelliKeys    
    2.  Students with Sensory Disabilities - use text-to-speech readers such as JAWS for Windows    
    3. Students with Communication Difficulties - use text-to-speech products such as WizCom'sQuicktionary pen  
    4. Students with Cognitive Disabilities - use of digital cameras to capture images of objects and environments 
  • 8. Specific example of how teachers and students can practice socially responsible, ethical, and legal use of technology, information and software resources
    give proper credit to the individual
  • 9. Adhering to Copyright Laws
    Reference Information
    Cite Sources
  • 10. TrackStar/WebQuest Activities
    Reading Comprehension
    Paul Revere
    Solar System Learning Page for Special Education Students Grades 3-6
    Susan E. Wagner’s Great Depression Scripts
  • 11. Instructional Software
    In My Home:
    Talking Words
    Soft Touch
  • 12. How to use Telecommunication in the classroom
    Pen Pals
    Square of life
    These two websites allow for information on telecommunication projects
  • 13. Rubrics
    Weekly oral reports
    Research Paper
    Powerpoint Creation
  • 14. Integration Idea of Appropriate Lesson Plans
    Provides teachers with an outline
    Help follow school guide lines for achieving material needed to be covered.
    Shows specifically how to integrate an idea with a lesson plan.
    Gives students an opportunity to be more advanced and learn more.
  • 15. Summary
    These examples that we provided can be used in Special Education classrooms.
    Using different technologies in a Special Education classroom can allow students to explore new ways to learn.
  • 16. Questions
    What are 3 specific devices of technology discussed in the presentation that can be used in the classroom?
    What were some examples given on ways to use assistive technology in the classroom?
    List one of the software programs designed specifically for students in the Special Education program?
  • 17. References
    Digital Camera -
    AAC Therapy -
    Don Johnson’s Write OutLoud
  • 18. References
    Interactive Storybook -
    Comput-thera -
    Braille -
    Student Working –