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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.

Accommodations in the Classroom: A Guide to Making Them Real

Savvy and successful school principals certainly understand the value of keeping it real.  In a recent training, Stetson and Associates offered a wide array of examples and practical applications.  Each recommendation was designed to help teachers interpret how vital accommodations can realistically happen based on the Individual Education Programs (IEPs) of their students. For many… Read more

The Ultimate Student App Guide

With the advancements in technology, the learning and educational sector has been opened up to more resource options than ever before. Students now have access to such a huge range of options to assist them. These include, but are not limited to; e-books, audio-books, pod-casts, online lectures, real-time tutorials, forums and numerous assistive technology gadgets… Read more

Resources for iPads in Special Education

The Spectronics website hosts an extensive list of resources for iPads in Inclusive settings. Posts such as Using iPads to Support Students Struggling with the Literacy Requirements of Schools and Beyond and Educational Technology Leaders are some of our favorite. We thought you might enjoy this great collection of resources… Read more

A Collection of Educational Websites

CAST UDL Lesson Builder The Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST) website hosts a Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Lesson Builder that provides educators with models and tools to create and adapt lessons to increase access and participation in the general education curriculum for all students. To find out more CAST and its lesson builder, check out:… Read more

Formalizing External Supports

Collaborative Planning for External Support Services Tool This tool is designed for two teachers to use when determining the specific external supports needed by a special education or special needs student. Note that you can also use this in planning to meet the needs of a student who is struggling in school. How do we formalize External Supports? Step 1… Read more

Research on Technology in the Classroom

Video- Inclusion in the 21st Century classroom: Differentiating with Technology In this video, students in a gifted classroom use the multi-user learning environment Quest Atlantis to explore issues related to the creation of a game reserve in Tanzania. Interviews with the teacher and students offer perspectives on the value of using virtual worlds in the… Read more

Web 2.0 Applications for the Classroom

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, the integration of web tools into the learning environment can be a great way of beginning to… Read more

Books for All

Many students have difficulty reading printed text and therefore have limited access to learning through books. Bookshare is an organization with the purpose of making text available to students with vision impairments or other print disabilities. They have over 34,000 books and 150 periodicals available that are converted to Braille, large print, or text to speech audio… Read more

Sharing Resources Online

Do you want to collaborate and share resources with other teachers on-line? Do you want to create a webpage where students can access resources and information? Do you want a network where parents can find information and resources that can help them support their child at home? Using a web page to communicate and post… Read more

Virtual Manipulatives in the Inclusive Math Class

Using concrete and pictorial images in mathematics instruction is a research-proven strategy for many learners including students with disabilities. This strategy is commonly known as the Concrete-Representational-Abstract (CRA) Instructional Approach. This three sequence framework ultimately helps students make a connection between the concrete stage and abstract stage to achieve mastery of each mathematical concept. The… Read more