Blog posts by 8th grade students
More on Assistive Technology and Augmentative
Please save your powerpoint to slideshare, then
post to your blog on the ning.
15 minute presentation
Detailed written plan on classroom use - about a
page and a half.
Share your screen with anyone with a browser.
Universal Design for
UDL based on neuroscience
each principle connects to key area of brain
Multiple Means of Representation
To increase recognition
How a teacher prepares
Multiple Means of Expression
To expand strategic output
Teacher plans for how students will express
Multiple Means of Engagement
To enhance involvement in learning
How do we get students connected?
Like RTI Technology has levels too
Level 1 - For everyone
Level 2 - Greater access
Level 3 - Assistive support
Allows manipulation and control of format
Offers alternatives for access
Supports multi-sensory instruction
Supports greater personal independence
Educational technology & assistive technology are
a continuum of access to learning.
Accessible Instructional Materials
Students have a right to the same text
Publishers are supposed to produce digital forms
CAST has a center for AIM
What does the student need to do to participate in the
classroom and achieve his/her IEP goals?
What specifically is the student having difficulty with?
What else has been tried?
What will be the the criteria for determining the
Who will be responsible for training, monitoring,
documenting, and reviewing the AT plan?
All students with a 504 or an IEP are eligible
Assistive Technology has to be considered
Not all qualify
IEP is written first, then look at questions
S - Student First
E - Environment
T - Task
T - Tool
Joy Zabala - SETT Framework
What does the student need to do?
What are the student’s special needs?
What are the student’s current abilities?
What materials and equipment are currently
available in the environment?
What is the physical arrangement?
What is the instructional arrangement?
Are there likely to be changes?
Color is a powerful tool
What activities take place in the environment?
What are the critical elements of the activities?
How might technology support the student’s active
participation in those activities?
What no tech, low tech, and high tech options should be
considered when developing a system for a student with
these needs and abilities doing these tasks in these
What strategies might be used to invite increased
How might these tools be tried out with the student in the
The Department of Elementary and Secondary
Education has awesome links to information,
resources and grants.
CAST - Center for Applied Special Technology
Easter Seals - allows teachers to try out technology
MassMatch - initiative to get assistive technology to
people who need it
FREE to borrow from ATRC Assistive Technology
National Center to Improve
Practice in Special Education
NCIP - through technology, media and materials
take a look
Accessibility in the
Accessibility features in Microsoft products
UDL toolkit wiki
Please spend some time looking at the resources:
National Center on UDL
Examples & Resources
Every principle is linked to resources & tools
iPad - a game changer
Steve Jobs & Apps for Autism
Teaching Learners with Special Needs
Free Speech app
a blog post how iPad is used in a special education classroom
Teaching students with multiple special needs - a blog
A Blog Post listing many apps
Apps Store has Special Education section
and our friend Cybrary man’s list
A handout for using iPad in the Special Education Classroom
More on the iPad
Live Binders on iPad in Schools - a tremendous
amount of material
Mr. G Blog iPads, Web tools, math education
a CNN report
iPad Apps in School great site by Richard Byrne
Even more on the iPad
ipads in the classroom - Kathy Schrock
Moms with apps blog
Smart Apps for Kids
my Pinterest board on iPad
blog, apps review, resources
apps for teaching students with special needs