Technology in Special Education


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Technology in Special Education

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