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Technology and Education

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Blair Fetner

on 23 March 2013

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DIVERSE LEARNERS Students with disabilities can benefit from a number of features that are built into existing technology. More and more students with special needs have opportunities to be involved in a regular classroom setting and for teachers with access to technology, there are many software programs and online websites that can help enhance the learning environment for today's diverse learners. Many general education teachers are turning to differentiated instruction to help them meet their students' diverse learning needs. With just a small amount of research online, you can find that there are many technology resources available for free or a small fee. Many schools are also incorporating more technology sources into their classroom. Smart Boards, web resources, graphic organizers, and word processors can be used to support more tailored instruction. This Prezi is a perfect example of a Web 2.0 tool that can be used as a presentation method to share ideas online. Through my research, I have found several websites and software programs that would be very beneficial to meeting the needs of special population students. SPECIAL NEEDS STUDENTS Time4Learning and E-Learning for Special Populations are two online resources that could be used inside the classroom and at home in order to help special needs students reach their highest potential. ESL STUDENTS For English Learners, web resources can provide background information, interactivity, and relevant instruction. Technology can present information to ESL learners in a variety of ways: visual representations to check for understanding and audio recordings for correct pronunciation. RESOURCES www.wested.org
www.bookshare.org
www.time4learning.com
www.edweek.org
www.pearsonschool.com
www.softwareforstudents.com
How can technology address the various needs of our students? TECHNOLOGY AND EDUCATION INTRODUCTION Time4Learning E-LEARNING for Special Populations "Many children with special education needs are blossoming with Time4Learning. Choosing the right special education software for your special needs child is a daunting task. While there are many entertaining "educational" web sites and software learning programs, few qualify as a real teaching system, much less as one robust enough to support the special education needs of the exceptional children. Unlike "educational games," a learning system provides lessons appropriately sequenced and reinforced learning in an educationally valid and engaging scope and sequence."
-www.time4learning.com "All the essays contained within this program were written by students in ESL and non-ESL writing classes. With essays such as "Leaving Honduras", "My Hopes for China", and "What Is a Miracle?", learners will spend hours engaged and involved in writing and the writing process. This was developed by a teacher and is the perfect product for teachers, tutors, and those learning English in school and at home."
-www.softwareforstudents.com "ELLIS leverages the power of technology to move your English language learners toward basic English fluency. ELLIS’ individualized instruction addresses the needs of non-native English speaking elementary to adult students to foster successful English language learning. Lessons are designed to inspire confidence by moving learners immediately from observer to participant."
-www.pearsonschool.com "Education Week's series on virtual education, examines the growing e-learning opportunities for students with disabilities, English-language learners, gifted and talented students, and those at risk of failing in school. It shows the barriers that exist for greater participation among special populations, as well as the benefits and drawbacks of this approach. It also looks at the funding tactics schools are using to build virtual education programs for special populations and the evolving professional-development needs for these efforts."
-www.edweek.org Bookshare.org WestEd.org Technology and the Diverse Learner Bookshare provides multiple reading options for each of the communities it serves.
People with Visual Impairments - Members with visual impairments can listen to books with using a text-to-speech synthesized voice, read books in Braille, or access the material in large print.
People with Physical Disabilities - Members can read books on a computer or a variety of portable devices, either visually and with text-to-speech as desired. Bookshare books are as easy or easier to access than books on tape, and the Bookshare program is switch accessible.
People with Learning Disabilities - Members with severe dyslexia typically benefit from access to the full text of books in digital format, for multi-modal reading with both visual and audio (through synthetic text to speech).
-www.bookshare.org "Technology hardware and software can increase educational opportunities for students with disabilities and learning differences. Technology that can increase the capacity of students with disabilities to learn, communicate, and participate in school life is required as part of the Individualized Education Plan process and accessible websites are increasingly called for in education policy and legislation."
-www.wested.org Technology comes in many forms and can be extremely beneficial to children of special populations. The software programs show today have been designed to reach the various educational needs for these individuals.

Visual representations can help students connect words and images to ideas and leads to better understanding of a concept. This is especially helpful for those students who have trouble comprehending and writing down ideas.

Audio samples can help students hear how words should sound and proves to be very beneficial to those students who have trouble with pronunciation.

Technology provides opportunities for students with disabilities to learn in unique ways that enhance the education process. CONCLUSION
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