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
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.
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
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
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
Technology for Teaching and Learning Technology offers tremendous promise for student learning. The upsurge of devices and digital learning platforms, along with external events impacting instruction and student learning, have increased the emphasis states, districts, and schools place on educational technology. American Institutes for Research (AIR) provides evidence-based, technology-driven classroom practices and online strategies that… Read more
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 across the… Read more
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 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
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
Whether you have been teaching summer school, attending professional developments, preparing lesson plans FAR in advance, or sunning by the pool for the last few weeks, we thought all teachers could use a bit of “Summer Inspiration”. Below is a collection of interesting articles, blog posts, videos, and lists to help mentally stimulate the educator… Read more