Enrichment for Students with Special Needs By Lacy Clements ITEC 7530
<ul><li>The term “special needs” encompasses a wide variety of developmental delays and disorders, such as… </li></ul><ul>...
<ul><li>You may find the following website helpful: </li></ul><ul><li>www.kidstogether.org  </li></ul><ul><li>This particu...
<ul><li>Students who have special needs are no longer placed in separate “Special Ed.” classrooms.  </li></ul><ul><li>Laws...
<ul><li>Technologies can aid each student’s progress through differentiation. The first tool I will speak of is a program ...
<ul><li>http://www.kurzweiledu.com/default.html </li></ul><ul><li>This software allows struggling readers to visually read...
<ul><li>Most of our classrooms don’t have more than one computer. However, we all have scheduled computer lab days once a ...
<ul><li>The Alpha-Smart, which is created by Neo corporation, is a lightweight, hand-held device that allows students with...
<ul><li>http://www.neo-direct.com/intro.aspx  </li></ul><ul><li>The Alpha Smart does not have a large screen, and does not...
<ul><li>www.kidstogether.org  </li></ul><ul><li>www.kurzweiledu.com </li></ul><ul><li>www.neo-direct.com </li></ul><ul><li...
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Assistive technology Webquest

  1. 1. Enrichment for Students with Special Needs By Lacy Clements ITEC 7530
  2. 2. <ul><li>The term “special needs” encompasses a wide variety of developmental delays and disorders, such as… </li></ul><ul><li>Autism, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Bipolar Disorder, learning disabilities, or sensory disabilities. </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>You may find the following website helpful: </li></ul><ul><li>www.kidstogether.org </li></ul><ul><li>This particular website addresses stereotypes, parental and teacher concerns, assisted technologies, IEP’s, and teaching those with disabilities with respect and dignity. </li></ul><ul><li>According to this website, “Assistive technologies enable people to communicate, receive instruction, learn, play, move about, achieve, and be independent” (Blackstone, 1990). </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>Students who have special needs are no longer placed in separate “Special Ed.” classrooms. </li></ul><ul><li>Laws state that every student with special needs has the right to be placed in his/her “Least Resistive Environment” (LRE), or mainstream classrooms. Therefore, teachers must differentiate to meet these students’ specific needs. </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Technologies can aid each student’s progress through differentiation. The first tool I will speak of is a program that our school recently purchased called Kurzweil. </li></ul><ul><li>Kurzweil is education software that can provide lower-level, intermediate, or advanced tutorials in Reading. Students who have mild learning disabilities and auditory disabilities would greatly benefit from this software. </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>http://www.kurzweiledu.com/default.html </li></ul><ul><li>This software allows struggling readers to visually read textbook material while having it read to them. As each word is read, a highlighter highlights the words. </li></ul><ul><li>Students are able to adjust the reading setting to as fast or as slow as they like. </li></ul><ul><li>Students are also able to pause on a word and request its meaning. </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>Most of our classrooms don’t have more than one computer. However, we all have scheduled computer lab days once a week, which would be a great time to utilize this tool. </li></ul><ul><li>Because most of our computers have matching headsets, students can work independently and at their own paces without disturbing others. </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>The Alpha-Smart, which is created by Neo corporation, is a lightweight, hand-held device that allows students with disabilities such as Autism or ADHD quickly type assignments rather than write. </li></ul><ul><li>These students often become frustrated due to large amounts of material that they would otherwise be required to write. The Alpha-Smart alleviates the overwhelming task of writing large amounts of material. </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>http://www.neo-direct.com/intro.aspx </li></ul><ul><li>The Alpha Smart does not have a large screen, and does not allow Internet Access; it is not a laptop. Rather, it is more of lightweight keyboard. </li></ul><ul><li>Picture retrieved from assistivetech.sf.k12.sd.us </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>www.kidstogether.org </li></ul><ul><li>www.kurzweiledu.com </li></ul><ul><li>www.neo-direct.com </li></ul><ul><li>www.assistivetech.sf.k12.sd.us </li></ul>

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