Here is a link to a blog that talks about how to help teach students with Autism. I found this when I was working on creating my website. It is created by a teacher and her team who work with Autistic students on a daily basis. What I found most interesting is that she blogs no only about cool activities you can do with your students but also has a page about her classroom set up. The blog is easy to read and has a ton of pictures! If you are interested in teaching this population of students I would definitely look at this blog!
This article discusses how special education students can benefit from using technology in the classroom. Two things that were said of being benefits were not academic but still incredibly important for students. One was that by being able to use technology, students can build their confidence. It may be much easier for a student to type on a keyboard than write with a pencil on paper. Students will not be as frustrated when using technology and will be more eager to learn as they will know that they can do it. This is incredibly important as it will help to ensure that the students don’t shut down but want to continue to learn. Another reason that using technology in the classroom is important for special education students is that being able to use technology is a marketable skill as it is something that is incredibly important in society today. By being knowledgeable of technology, many doors are opened and students can use this knowledge in various settings incorporating not just in the classroom but in real life situations.
As Jess, Nikki and I are doing our final project on using technology in special education settings, I have found many websites and articles about this and one that I thought was incredibly interesting was actually on the Apple website. They discuss that every Apple product is built and considers learning levels of all students. This, I thought was interesting as I know iPads and computers can be great resources for students but what I didn’t realize that Apple has considered this. Their website shows examples of how their software can help students who require special education services and considers many different disabilities. It is very easy to manipulate and it sorts the information based on disability discussing how it can be used in the classroom to promote student learning, how it can be applied to each student and who can benefit from these applications. A very good resource if you have any Apple products, the knowledge can be used in the general education classroom as well providing accommodations for each individual learner.
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