Technology

What amazing progress we are seeing in our world of education! This is particularly true as we look at the impact of technology in the classroom on students with disabilities. We see an explosion of new instructional solutions in digitized text and mobile devices and new software applications increasing access to the general curriculum.

Through technology, new doors to learning are opening every day but we must integrate wise choices, instructionally relevant strategies, and individualized solutions into our decisions to achieve optimal educational impact.

Differentiate Instruction with Online Tools for Writing

Many children with disabilities struggle with writing assignments in school. Whether the difficulty lies with the physical act of writing (holding a pencil, using a keyboard, forming letters), writing mechanics (grammar and spelling) or getting thoughts onto paper, writing can become a painful task for students with disabilities.  As writing becomes a dreaded activity, students&rsquo… Read More

Visual Learning Methodologies

Dave Edyburn, Ph.D., Department of Exceptional Education, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, emphasizes the importance of access: "When a student cannot acces curriculum learning materials, it follows that s/he will not be able to engage in learning nor meet the intended learning outcomes". One form of access that Edyburn highlighted is cognitive access, which must be considered… Read More

Augmentative and Alternative Communication

USING PICTURES TO IMPROVE COMMUNICATION AND INSTRUCTION What is augmentative and alternative communication?  Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) is a method of communication that is used by individuals who have difficulty with or are unable to use standard forms of communication - spoken language, sign language, body language, and handwritten language - to express themselves… Read More

Technology for Student and Adult Independence

Compiled by Anna McTigue at Education Development Center, Inc. supported by the information, insights and testimonies of Michele Bauer, Elizabeth Bauer, Shari and Nicholas Krishnan and the Oakland County Public Schools, Oakland County, Michigan.  This resource is inspired by a request for information that was forwarded to the Inclusive Schools Network on the part of… Read More

Web 2.0 and New Media for Organizing and Planning

Many students with learning disabilities have difficulty with executive function – organizing, planning, keeping track of time, remembering information and keeping track of multiple tasks can all present difficulties for students with LD. Typically, individuals who struggle with executive function use a variety of strategies to help with organization and planning; students may use agenda… Read More

Online Tools for Use in the Classroom

TechMatrix TechMatrix allows you to search a database of over 400 products using extensive criteria tailored to assistive and educational technologies. It also features research articles on theory and practice of using technology to improve student learning. Merlot II MERLOT is a free and open peer reviewed collection of online teaching and learning materials and… Read More

Tots-n-Tech: Assistive Technology for Infants and Toddlers

Link: Tots-n-Tech The Tots 'n Tech Research Institute (TnT) is an inter-university collaboration between Thomas Jefferson University (TJU), Philadelphia and Arizona State University (ASU), Tempe. TnT’s mission is to provide up-to-date information and resources about adaptations, including assistive technology, to use with infants and toddlers for states, Early Intervention providers of all disciplines, and families… Read More

Web 2.0 Applications to Support School Climate

Surveys Survey Monkey is a free, easy tool to use school wide to gather and organize data. Rubrics Rubrics are a necessity when it comes to assessment. Rubistar is a user-friendly site that has a plethora of rubrics to choose from or you can make your own! Blogs Blogging is an effective way to communicate… Read More

Khan Academy- Free Learning Resources for EVERYONE!

Khan Academy is an organization on a mission. They're a not-for-profit with the goal of changing education for the better by providing a free world-class education for anyone anywhere. All of the site's resources are available to anyone. It doesn't matter if you are a student, teacher, home-schooler, principal, adult returning to the classroom after… Read More

Technology in the Classroom: Accessible Instructional Materials

What amazing progress we are seeing in our world of education! This is particularly true as we look at the impact of technology in the classroom on students with disabilities. We see an explosion of new instructional solutions in digitized text and mobile devices and new software applications increasing access to the general curriculum. Billions… Read More