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Assistive Technology WebQuest

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Assistive Technology WebQuest

  1. 1. Addressing the Needs of Students with Disabilities Megan Cox
  2. 2. Students <ul><li>Within a classroom there are different types of students </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Enriched </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Special Needs: ADHD, visual/audio impairments, physical disabilities, learning disabilities, etc </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Each student has different needs and as a teacher it is our job to meet those needs </li></ul>
  3. 3. Meeting Needs <ul><ul><li>Begin by evaluating a students strengths and weaknesses </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Look at their IEP (individualized Education Plan) and check to see if there is any special assistance that the student qualifies for </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Evaluate other solutions such as the use of assistive technologies </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. The Environment <ul><li>Least Restrictive Environment: It is important that the student stays in the general classroom as much as the student possibly can so that the student can be educated along with its peers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Enhances Educational Experience </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Enhances Social Experience </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Inclusion: Mixing both the special needs and general education students in the same classroom </li></ul><ul><li>Resource Room: A place where students with special needs can come together away from the general education classroom and collaborate with other like-students </li></ul>
  5. 5. Assistive Technology <ul><li>What? Adaptive, assistive, and rehabilitation devices </li></ul><ul><li>Who? It is for all students, but more specifically it is used to enhance the educational experience for special needs students </li></ul>
  6. 6. Examples <ul><li>Tools that aid students who have vision problems </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Tape Recorder </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Large-keyed calculator </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Braille translation software </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Tools that aid students with communication problems </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Text-to-voice or voice-to-text software </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Touch Screens </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Implementation <ul><li>Implementing these devices will enhance the students educational experience </li></ul><ul><li>These resources meet the developmental needs of the students </li></ul><ul><li>These technologies meet the needs of the student in their area of struggle </li></ul>
  8. 8. Conclusion <ul><li>It is difficult to meet the needs of every student </li></ul><ul><li>Use technologies to meet those needs </li></ul><ul><li>Constantly research new possibilities and solutions to better educate your student. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Resources <ul><li>http://www.ncrel.org/sdrs/areas/issues/methods/technlgy/te7assist.htm </li></ul><ul><li>http://kidshealth.org/parent/positive/learning/iep.html </li></ul><ul><li>http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Assistive_technology </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.ericdigests.org/2003-1/assistive.htm </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.gpat.org/resources.aspx?PageReq=GPATImp </li></ul>

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