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This webquest highlights a product that includes inclusive instructional practices and assistive technology devices that can be used in the classroom to aid students with disabilities.

This webquest highlights a product that includes inclusive instructional practices and assistive technology devices that can be used in the classroom to aid students with disabilities.

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    • Assistive Technologies Webquest By: Kevin Clayton February 27, 2011 ITEC 7530
    • My Purpose
      • To create a final product that presents instructional practices which can be used in an inclusive learning environment.
      • To identify assistive technologies that can help students in inclusive classrooms maximize their academic success via goals tied to their IEP’s (Individualized Education Program).
    • Overview
      • Instructional practices have paved the way for inclusion of students with disabilities into today’s classrooms from the early childhood level to the secondary learning level.
      • Inclusion, with the backing of IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) allows for students with disabilities to receive their education in classrooms with regular education students.
      • Such practices have also been enhanced by the introduction and integration of assistive technologies.
    • Forms of Inclusive Instructional Practices
      • Collaborative Grouping
      • Modified Assessments
    • Collaborative Grouping
      • Placing that groups students with differing abilities, usually stronger, intellectual students with students having limited knowledge of content.
      • Allows students to work together to achieve a common goal while reducing the level of inappropriate behavior.
      • Provides for positive interaction and learning between special education students and regular education students.
      • Builds students’ social skills, leadership skills, and problem-solving skills.
    • Modified Assessments
      • Give students with disabilities an equal chance at taking and passing assessments in academic subjects.
      • Modified assessments can include:
        • allowing extra time to complete tests
        • reading tests to students slowly for comprehension purposes
        • Student use of computer-aided instruction to complete tests
        • Tests in larger print for students with visual disabilities
    • Assistive Technologies…
      • Aid students with disabilities in education that are guided under IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act).
      • Involve devices that work closely with identified modifications for students with various disabilities.
      • Help students perform academically in least restrictive environments.
      • Can be used for students who have disabilities related to vision, hearing, physical, and behavioral.
    • AT Device #1
      • Proloquo2Go
      • Communication software that provides text-to-speech services for students with speaking disabilities
      • http://www.proloquo2go.com
      • Can be used with interactive devices such as the Apple iPad.
    • Proloquo2Go
      • Software displays buttons in the form of words and pictures on the screen that can be pressed by students.
      • When pressed, software emits voice that says word or words represented by the button.
      • Proloquo2Go is appropriate for students with disabilities whose IEP may state that the given student has a speaking disability and is able to use such text-to-speech software.
    • AT Device #2
      • Boost Personal Video Magnifier
      • http://www.enablemart.com/Catalog/Handheld-Video-Magnifiers/Boost-Personal-Video-Magnifier
      • Allows visually-impaired students to view images at larger-than-normal sizes.
      • Ideal for reading activities, recognizing numbers, etc.
    • Boost Personal Video Magnifier
      • May be well-suited for a student whose accommodation for preferential seating, in terms of visual or behavioral purposes, does not entirely fulfill the benefits outlined in his or her Individualized Education Program (IEP).
    • AT Device #3
      • The Amazon Kindle
      • http://www.disabledandproductive.com/articles/daily-living/the-amazon-kindle-as-reading-device-for-the-disabled/
      • http://www.disabled-world.com/assistivedevices/computer/kindle.php
    • The Kindle….
      • Is produced by Amazon
      • Provides students with disabilities the option of viewing textbook and novels in an electronic format.
      • Is ideal for students who have difficulty holding or working with large, heavy textbooks/novels.
      • Has a touch-screen feature for accessing books and turning pages.
      • Also has text-to speech capability for students who have visual impairments or disabilities relating to speech.
    • AT Device #4
      • Finger Grip Ruler
      • Produced by Onion Mountain Technology
      • http:// www.onionmountaintech.com/item.php?id =562
      • Has a raised area on top of the ruler for students with disabilities to easily grip the ruler for classroom use, especially in math and science.
      • A very cost-effective tool for inclusive classrooms.
    • References
      • Assistiveware (n.d.). Proloquo2Go: Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) for iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. Retrieved from http://www.proloquo2go.com
      • Disabled and Productive (2010). Review of Kindle for the Physically Disabled. Retrieved from http:// www.disabledandproductive.com /articles/daily- living/the- amazon -kindle-as-reading-device-for-the-disabled/
      • EnableMart (n.d.). Boost Personal Video Magnifier. Retrieved from http:// www.enablemart.com /Catalog/Handheld-Video- Magnifiers/Boost-Personal-Video-Magnifier
      • Onion Mountain Technology (2003). Finger Grip Ruler. Retrieved from http://www.onionmountaintech.com/item.php?id=562
      • Weiss, T. (2009). The Kindle 2.0 Book Reader. Retrieved from http://www.disabled-world.com/assistivedevices/computer/kindle.php