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Special Education and Technology

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Sarah Pacheco

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Transcript of Special Education and Technology

Integrating Technology
into the
Special Education Classroom Assistive Technology (AT) can help special needs students learn in the regular education classroom.

AT can be a triangular pencil grip, a talking calculator, a larger computer monitor, or a voice amplifier for a teacher with vocal cord strain (Wahl, 2003).

Math pad, a computer program, is designed for students who can't hold a pencil due to physical impairments. We all have special needs Software programs can help a child with disabilities read and/or write a paper.

Technology for hearing-impaired students can include closed-captioned videos and amplifiers (Zoghelb, 2012). This type of technology helps this child be included in the classroom.

A child with poor vision can use a brail for reading. To write a tape recorder can be used to translate exact thoughts onto paper. Programs and Devices to assist in the Special Education Classroom For most of us, technology makes things easier. For a person with a disability it makes things POSSIBLE References Wahl, L. (2003). Assistive Technology: Enhanced Learning for All. edutopia.
Zoghelb, S. (2012). Technology Used by Special Education Teachers. ehow.iPads success for special needs children. Retrieved October 24,2012.
Technology can help. Retrieved October 24, 2012. http://www.pennlive.com Home Bound Students Technology is a method in which students who are unable to physically attend a school setting become connected with the classroom and peers.
•Via Skype or other programs
•Communicate with peers
•Complete assignments
•Classroom participation
•Verbal feedback from instructor
Technology not only allows students to become connected at school but it is a vital tool in some cases for students to successfully communicate at home, as well, as becoming productive members of society. • The assisted touch button and the voice over allow the visually impaired children to utilize the tool as well. By one touch or through hearing and listening, they are able to understand concepts.

• Autism children have great advantage using the face time to chat with friends or family. With autistic children having a difficult time making eye contact with people, this will allow them to look and focus on the person that they are talking with. Since the limited screen size challenges them to see a clear picture of the other person, the children would enhance their focusing skills and make the necessary eye contact with the other person.

• Certain apps allow the children who have problems speaking or verbally communicating to express their needs and wants through pictures, or yes/no key button. It allows them to find the desired items, foods, or activities and present their wishes. Technologies that assist Students with Special Needs •Adaptive Keyboards- use pictures or symbols in place of letters

•Eye-Gaze Technology- allows student to use a computer using the movement of their eyes.

•Interactive Whiteboards- allows student to interact with the board, adding graphics, sound and video

•Screen Readers- read words on the computer screen to student

•Touch Screens- allows student to use computer without using a mouse or keyboard.

•Voice Recognition systems- accepts voice
commands so that student is not required to
use a keyboard or mouse.

•Switches- can be used in place of a mouse
and can be controlled using any part of the
body. The benefits of using an iPad Programs Dragon Naturally Speaking: A wonderful program for students who have problems writing or spelling. Also can help students who are visually impaired and those with physical disabilities. Students are able to control the computer by telling it what they want it to do instead of physically controlling it. This program is great because it gives many students with different disabilites the opportunity to control a computer who otherwise would not be able to.

WordQ: This is a good program for students who have problems with spelling and grammar (such as severe dyslexia). It predicts words that the students are trying to spell and helps correct misspelled words. Devices Assistive Switches: Switches can help students control things, move their wheelchair, communicate, or use a computer.
There are switches that activated by pressure, motion, air flow, light sensitivity, or sound.
Such an awesome tool for students who are handicapped and physically unable to do certain tasks that a switch will allow them to do.
Pen Scanners: Students who have problems typing can swipe the pen across written text and then pen will copy it and put it on the computer for them.
Augmentative Alternative Communication: These devices allow students with speech or language disorders the ability to communicate more effectively. They can range from picture cards to computer systems. Martel, Janelle. (10/1/2012). 4 Ways to Integrate Technology and Improve Writing for Special Education Students. Bright Hub Education. Retrieved from: http://www.brighthubeducation.com/special-ed-inclusion-strategies/108419-assistive-technology-integration-for-students-with-special-needs/

KLeeBanks. (7/20/2012). Communication Devices with Assistive Technology. Bright Hub Education. Retrieved from: http://www.brighthubeducation.com/special-ed-inclusion-strategies/78599-communication-devices-with-assistive-technology/ Enhance Learning Remove Barriers Push Boundaries Give Hope Challenge
thinking Children Design Future the Free Open Source Options
for Special Education http://www.impossibility.org/viewProject.php?id=1 Text Reader - Power reader: Web-based social stories http://www.projectpossibility.org/viewProject.php?id=27 Sign language recognizer http://www.projectpossibility.org/viewProject.php?id=30 Sign Language recognizer Overview Power Reader Dyslexic text reader/learning tool - A graphical, interactive text reader integrated with computer text-to-speech whose level of focus, complexity, and detail is adjustable according to the user's needs. of free open source options Web-based social stories Tool for autistic children who tend to have difficulty understanding social situations. Narrative “social stories” are used to teach children about social situations. Sign Language Recognition offers great potential as a unique form of interaction between computer and a human user. Doering, Aaron H. & Roblyer, M.D. (2013). Integrating Educational Technology into Teaching. Pearson Education Inc. Upper Saddle River, NJ. Ch. 15. Teaching and Learning with Technology in Special Education. Technology can be used to develop the potential of intellectually gifted students. Pyryt's P's focus on five areas in which technology may enhance learning and challenge gifted students: Pace - accelerated content Process - creative thinking Passion - freedom of research options Products - multimedia projects Peers - broaden social opportunities of free open source options Group One Presenters Candy Torrez, Eva Martinez Sarah Pacheco Kimberly Kingston Katharine Hudson * The main goal is to develop assignments that can meet the needs of all learners by the use of technology to motivate and inspire learning.
Students with special education needs can benefit significantly with the use of technology in a classroom.

* To be able to manage behavior in the inclusive classroom, instructional strategies specializing in specific needs of deaf learners, the gifted, the autistic and other disability a student may have.
Special education students are highly more attentive and drawn to using technology while acquiring skills.

* The students are able to use text-to-speech software E-readers, iPad to help them turn pages without applying agility and not having to write but can be able to answer questions by using the voice adaptive software.

* The use of technology is a mission to promote literacy and communication for all earning students with or without disabilities.

* The use of technology can increase students learning while personalizing lessons to the students individual needs promoting a setting where the student can join in with regular students without having to leave the classroom. The Benefits of
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