Technology in the SpEd Classroom

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Technology in the SpEd Classroom

  1. 1. Technology in the SpEd Classroom Presented by Winni Cabrera ED 480 NMC Fall 09 Mr. John Jenkins
  2. 2. Advantages on use of technology in the SpEd classroom: <ul><li>Provides different mediums for students of different learning styles. </li></ul><ul><li>Can be used in different content areas. </li></ul><ul><li>Provides a quick means of acquiring information. </li></ul><ul><li>Allows students to work together. </li></ul><ul><li>Keeps students actively engaged. </li></ul><ul><li>Provides real world experiences. </li></ul><ul><li>Allows students to be independent and productive in the classroom. </li></ul><ul><li>Makes general education content and instruction accessible for students to be successful in full inclusion. </li></ul>
  3. 3. What is Assistive Technology (AT)? <ul><li>Assistive Technology device is any item, piece of equipment, or product system, whether acquired commercially, modified or customized, that is used to increase, maintain, or improve the functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities. Assistive Technology devices can be anything from a simple tool with no moving parts to a sophisticated mechanical/electronic system. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Technology to aid vision impairments <ul><li>Overhead projectors </li></ul><ul><li>Elmo </li></ul><ul><li>Projectors </li></ul><ul><li>Increasing text size on computer </li></ul>
  5. 5. AT for Vision <ul><li>Handheld magnifiers </li></ul><ul><li>Portable video magnifiers </li></ul><ul><li>Desktop video magnifiers </li></ul><ul><li>Braille embossers </li></ul><ul><li>Scanner/Readers </li></ul><ul><li>Computer Program readers </li></ul><ul><li>LOOK for more devices </li></ul>
  6. 6. AT for Hearing Impaired <ul><li>Hearing aids </li></ul><ul><li>Sound amplification systems </li></ul><ul><li>TDD/TTY </li></ul><ul><li>Click HEAR for more </li></ul>
  7. 7. AT for Communication <ul><li>Picture Communication </li></ul><ul><li>Word prediction software </li></ul><ul><li>Pocket communicators </li></ul><ul><li>More communication devices </li></ul>
  8. 8. AT for Learning <ul><li>Reading pens </li></ul><ul><li>Audio book </li></ul><ul><li>Talking Word Processors </li></ul><ul><li>SOLO Suite </li></ul><ul><li>LEARN more here </li></ul>
  9. 9. AT for Mobility <ul><li>Voice Recognition Software </li></ul><ul><li>Touch screens </li></ul><ul><li>Head pointers </li></ul><ul><li>On-screen keyboard </li></ul><ul><li>MOVE to page for more </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>AT helps students with disabilities learn independently and provides opportunities for them to become successful learners. </li></ul>
  11. 11. <ul><li>THANK YOU </li></ul>
  12. 12. Resources <ul><li>http://www.slideshare.net/tsubono4life/ed480powerpointspecial-education-1177016 </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.enablemart.com </li></ul><ul><li>Clip art from www.google.com </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.readingpen.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.donjohnston.com/products/solo/ </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.axistive.com/assistive-technology-for-hearing-impaired-students.html </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.asha.org/public/hearing/treatment/assist_tech.htm </li></ul>

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