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Assistive Technology WebQuest


This is a presentation created following the Assistive Technology Webquest found at created by Dr. Drew Polly at UNC Charlotte

This is a presentation created following the Assistive Technology Webquest found at created by Dr. Drew Polly at UNC Charlotte

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  • 1. Jason L. Smith
    ITEC 7530
    Spring 2010
    A Webquest of Assistive Technology
  • 2. You are a 3rd grade teacher that has a few students that require you to differentiate your instruction. Kelvin, Dominick, and Shiranta have ADHD. Sarah has an auditory disability, and requires a special device in order to hear. In addition, you have a number of students that have mild learning disabilities that impact all areas, especially reading and writing.
    As you prepare for the school year, you ask yourself, "What resources do I have in order to help me meet my students' needs?" (Scenario and Webquest can be found here)
    The Scenario
  • 3. Inclusion: the practice, in which students with special educational needs spend most or all of their time with non-disabled students (from Wikipedia)
    Least Restrictive Environment: means that a student who has a disability should have the opportunity to be educated with non-disabled peers, to the greatest extent possible (from Wikipedia)
    Terms to Know
  • 4. An Individial Education Plan is a plan developed by the IEP team which sets goals and teaching strategies to help special needs students reach their full potential
    All accomodations and strategies set in the IEP must be followed in the inclusion classrooom.
    More information can be found at Kid'
    The IEP
  • 5. Note-Taking & Listening Skills
    Disabilities dealing withsight or hearing
    More Information can be found at:
    An Overview of Assistive Technology
    Synapse Adaptive Technology Company (Go to the products tab and the software/hardware is sorted by the type of disability)
    Georgia Project for Assistive Technology
    What can Assist. Tech be used for?
  • 6. Assist. Tech: Enabling Dreams
    This Video can be found at Edutopia: Technology Integration
    You can subscribe to this podcast via iTunes U
  • 7. Ability Hub is a website that helps teachers find assistive technology for students whose disabilities impair their ability to work with a computer
    The website is setup in such a way that the software/hardware solutions are grouped according to the disability or problem the student has with the computer
    Ability Hub
  • 8. The Assistive Technology Training Online Project (ATTO) is a website based from The New York University at Buffalo that not only helps choose proper assistive software, but also trains on the se of various types of software. This is very helpful for teachers who need help using the technology to help their students.
  • 9. The Wisconsin Assistive Technology Institute (WATI) is funded by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. This website offers many free downloadable resources on various forms of assistive technology.
    There are also other resources, such as classroom materials, on this website under the Support tab.
  • 10. All of the above resources provide information helpful to each of the children in the scenario, but here are some resources designed specifically for the disabilities of the students:
    Internet 4Classrooms: Overview of various student exceptionalities and resources to help
    ADDitude: Resources for teachers and students with ADHD as well as techniques to help stay organized
    Intervention Central: Resources that can help all learners who are struggling with various subjects and concepts
    American Speech-Language-Hearing Association: This provides resources and overviews for students with hearing related disabilities
    Simplified Technology: A list of various technology resources that are both free and paid
    Free Technology 4 Teachers: This is a very strong blog post with lists of various resources for teachers of students with Autism
    How does this relate to the scenario?