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Reading with Dyslexia

Dyslexia is a learning disorder that affects the way that children see letters and numbers on paper.  They see all the letters and numbers, but they see them out of order and jumbled.  Many people with dyslexia describe it by saying that the letters seem to float around the page.  Because reading requires that a child sound out letters in order, children with dyslexia have a difficult time learning to read.  If your child struggles with dyslexia, here are some strategies that may help.

Point to Beginning Letters

As your child reads, have them point to the first letter of each word they come to.  Be patient as they practice this skill.  It may seem simple to you, but remember if the letters are out of order in their minds, it will be difficult for them to repeatedly identify which letter comes first.  Pointing to the first letter of each word will help them remember to start sounding out the word with that letter.  That in turn will help them sound out the word correctly.

Highlight Each Line

It can also help for children to be able to focus on only one line of writing while reading.  You can do this in several ways.  One simple way to do this is to hold a bookmark under the line they are reading.  Their eyes can then follow the edge of the bookmark so that they don’t get lost in the page.  You can also purchase a reading guide strip for them to use.  The guide strip has a colored strip in the middle that fits over one line of printing.  The child reads only what is in the colored area and then moves it down to the next line when they are ready to continue.

Experiment with Colors

As weird as it may seem, experimenting with various colors of both backgrounds and texts can benefit children with dyslexia.  You can change both the background and text colors within reading programs on computers and tablets.  You can also buy tinted plastic reading sheets that change the color of a printed page.  It is different for each child, but you may find that a certain combination of colors gives your child an easier time reading.  Play around with different combinations and see what works.

Dyslexia affects each child differently, and it does make reading challenging.  Not every strategy will work for your child, but you can help them learn to read efficiently.  What other strategies do you use to help your dyslexic child read?

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Using PVC Piping for Creative Classroom Solutions

Teachers are thrifty individuals who use creative thinking to provide the best learning opportunities for their students in the classroom.  In previous posts, I have written about low-cost and free resources that teachers can take advantage of in the classroom.  Another one of these low-cost tricks is to use PVC piping for a variety of classroom needs.  PVC pipe could be for practical purposes as an assistive technology device or it can be used to create interactive games and activities for students.  Examples include using it to create stands, frames, simulation devices or as a play phone, tee-pee, or marble maze.  PVC pipe can even be used to make instruments!

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PVC pipe is made of plastic and is typically used for plumbing, sewers, and protecting wiring.  Since it is made out of plastic, it is highly durable and long-lasting.  Many different pipe diameters and joints can be adjoined together to make complex curves and shapes. PVC piping can be purchased from the local hardware stores and is relatively inexpensive.

Below are great resources to help you get started with PVC pipe designs in your classroom.

Florida Diagnostic and Learning Resource System (FDLRS) – PVC Idea & Instruction Booklet

FDLRS provides an entire workbook of resources for PVC pipe assistive technology devices for special needs students.  This resource is very extensive and a great first-timers resource.  They provide a detailed explanation of the tools that will be needed to construct the various assistive devices, provide detailed materials lists and diagrams, along with how the device can be used in the classroom.  They have over twenty different devices including stands, assistive writing tools, frames, easels, and organizers.  Each device has a level associated with the directions to determine the length of time and difficulty it will take to build the device.

If you are not a handy construction-minded teacher, this is one way that you can get fathers involved in volunteering at the school.  Many fathers always want to help, but don’t know how.  This would be a great way to get them involved in the classroom while building such useful devices for the students.

Bright Eyes Learning – PVC Pipe for Activities

Bright Eyes Learning provides ideas, examples, and instructions on how to build PVC pipe toys and activity centers for the classroom.  Some of the activities are definitive, the PVC pipe is used to build a particular toy for a particular purpose, and other activities with the PVC pipes allow the students to explore in free-play activities.

The examples from their site include making play phones, a tee-pee and a marble maze.  These examples have direct instructions including materials needed and models of what the project will look like upon completion.  The abstract examples from the site include using the PVC pipe in activities where students use them as ‘building blocks’, as a sensory device, or as a tube for exploratory games.

To make PVC pipe into an exploratory device,  you can fill a clear PVC pipe tube it with colorful nick-knacks like marbles, feathers, or glitter and then cap off the ends.  Then students can use this during play-time or to learn about colors or textures.  To explore further, the piping could be used to allow students to run various ball objects through the tubes to see what will come out first.  It could also be used as an imaginary telescope.

The ideas and uses of PVC pipe in the classroom are endless.  Have you used PVC pipe as a learning aid or tool in your classroom?  Feel free to share your experiences by commenting below!

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Interactive Websites for Teaching Health & Hygiene

February is Dental Health Month for Kids.  This is a great tie in to educate students about both dental and physical hygiene along with other health related lessons.  An engaging way to teach these subjects is with interactive technology.  All types of students, including students with special needs, can benefit from lessons on health and hygiene.

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The ADA Classroom Resources & Ideas Website

The American Dental Association has a section of their website devoted to kids and teachers.  Teachers can find many resources about educating kids about dental health care.  This includes presentations, games, lesson plans, and hands-on activities.  The presentations include in-depth questions that you can ask the students in a discussion about dental health along with the appropriate answers for targeted grade levels.  The games section for kids includes online interactive games and videos about visiting the dentist and tooth care.  The “To Tell the Tooth” game was quite fun and I can see students really getting involved in this activity.

Interactive Lesson on Nutrition via BrainPOP

BrainPOP is a popular website that many teachers like to use for interactive and fun lessons.  Some of the resources on this website are available for free.  One of the interactive activities available for free on BrainPOP right now is about Nutrition and the Food Pyramid.

First, the students watch the video on Nutrition hosted by Moby, the funny BrainPOP robot character that is the star of all of their movies. Each movie has several components that go along with it including an interactive quiz, Q & A section, FYI section, and various activities.

After watching the video, the students can take the online quiz.  The interactive activity for this lesson is to have students classify foods into the food pyramid.  This would be a great activity to use on an interactive white board where students can come up to the front of the class to fill in the answers.  There is also a graphic organizer for students to write and analyze the food they ate from the day before along with a vocabulary worksheet.  The Q & A section provides a list of common questions that students may have based on the topic of nutrition.  The FYI section provides a more in depth explanation about how the Food Pyramid was established and updated.  Students, especially visually learners, will find the activities and lessons based on BrainPOP engaging and fun.

SuperScrub & Bubbles:  Grime Fighters

SuperScrub and Bubbles are cartoon characters that help to teach students about the importance of hand washing.  Teachers can download the cartoon booklet to read with students.  There are lesson plans, activities, and experiments to help students to learn how and when to wash their hands.

More Websites to Check Out

1.       Tips for Teaching Handwashing to Young Children

2.       Hand washing Activities for Kindergarteners

3.       Games for teaching Kids about Personal Hygiene

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The Florida Educational Technology Recap

The FETC was an energizing 3-day experience with immersion into education technology.  Everyone was buzzing about iPod’s and iPads, educational apps, cell phones, and what the future may hold for these devices in the classroom.  Sessions with “i” in the name filled up quickly with many attendees creating their own seats on the floor.

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Edmodo

One of the great additions to the conference was the integrated use of Edmodo.  Edmodo is a free social networking site for teachers and students.  Presenters used this website by creating groups to post their materials, including their presentations, websites, and other useful links.  Their presentation pages were also used as a conduit for the users in the session to ask questions or add more information in real-time as the presenter was speaking. Attendees can join their sessions (called groups) through a group code.  Also, attendees who were unable to attend the session could then still receive the materials and the feedback from the session over the web (including those who didn’t even attend the conference).

Check out group codes FC0321, FC0492, and FC0269 to review and receive great resources and information.  Over the next few weeks I plan to see what other ways that this website can be integrated in both building my PLN and if it could be useful for my classroom and students.

Resources for Younger & Special Needs Students

This year, there also seemed to be more sessions geared to educating younger students pre-k-2 and special needs students.

One of the websites that I learned about that would be great to use with both sets of students is Kerpoof Studio.  Kerpoof is a free website created by Disney where students can create movies, drawings, and online story books.  They have a lesson plans page with ways that you can incorporate their online programs into the classroom through standards-based activities and extensions.  For younger students they can play the spell a picture game.  As they spell words correctly, it is added to their digital drawing.  The objects can then be moved around the page to build a scene and can then be printed to share in the classroom.  There are so many possibilities of ways to use this website in the classroom. (Edmodo join code:  FC0491)

A great session I attended for special needs students included apps that address social skills, schedules, and mathematics.  The presenter, Shannon Sullivan, works with special education students in the greater DC area and maintains her website about apps via www.ipads4kids.com.  On this site you can find a wide list of apps sorted by subjects and needs for the students.  There is also an area for other educators to share their favorite apps that they are using with their students.  Check this site often as it is frequently updated.

There was another session on the use of iPod’s and iPad’s in the special education classroom that has many resources posted on Edmodo (Edmodo join code:  FC0501).  One key point that they make about the iPad as a tool for the special education classroom is that it is portable, adaptable, and even socially acceptable.  It also has built in accessibility along with the power of the apps.  You should definitely check out their presentation on Edmodo and the associated website Mobile Learning 4 Special Needs.

Please check back for more resources that I’ve learned from FETC over the coming weeks.

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Apps for Teachers in School

If you are a lucky teacher who owns (or is provided by your school) an iPod Touch, iPad, or even iPhone, then this is the blog post for you.  I have written several posts about apps that would be great for students to use in the classroom, but now I’m going to turn the tables and provide you with a list of apps that would be great for teachers to use in the classroom.

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Percentally

Percentally is a low-cost app to keep track of tally marks.  This app would be very helpful in many different classroom scenarios.  It could be used to keep track of student participation, the number of times a student is redirected in class, or even to mark down the number of questions the student received correct on a verbal or written assignment.  The tally marks can are automatically converted into percentage points through the use of the dual mode.  This would be great to keep track of the number of answers correct, for example 5 out of 8 answers correct.  In the single mode you only track one tally, for example 3 warnings.  The tally mark information can then be quickly transferred to a Google Spreadsheet or manually entered into a gradebook or anecdotal notes on a student.  Here is a video demo of this app in action.

iReward

iReward is a low-cost app that is an electronic behavior modification chart.  With this app you can setup a student in the program and then create the behavior you would like the child to achieve along with the reward they will earn.  You then choose how many times the behavior must be displayed for the student to earn the reward.  You can add a picture to the reward chart to encourage the student to earn the reward, for example a picture of the correct behavior.  You can take a picture and load it, or use a picture that you already have.

After the chart is set up, all you have to do is tap the star to indicate that the behavior has been displayed and it changes color from white to gold.  When all of the stars are filled in, they will all turn red.  A video of congratulations (or other reward videos) can be applied for when the student has achieved the award.

There are many modifications you can make to this reward system.  You can also select the stars to revert them back to white if a student has displayed the incorrect behavior.  To reset the stars, you just double tap to remove the colored filling.  If a student has achieved the goal of the behavior modification, you can delete the option by swiping across the row of a reward and then select delete.  To prevent unwanted changes you can also password protect the rewards under the settings mode.  After editing the reward, you relock it by shaking your electronic device.  Here is a video demo of iReward.

Remember the Milk

Remember the Milk is a free organizational checklist app.  I know as a teacher that there are so many different tasks to do in each day of the school week.  This app can help to manage the different tasks that you need to get done.  Items could include parent meetings, staff meetings, student conferences, when to make copies, what lessons you need to plan for, items you may need to pick up at the store for your classes, or even activities or lessons for the day.  These lists can be shared with other programs like a Google Calendar, Outlook, or Twitter.  Alerts can be set to remind you though your smart phone, email, text messages, or instant messages.  Tasks can be tagged by applying keywords or even locations on a Google Map.  There are many options you can apply including choosing a title for your task, a date, time, and if it repeats.  Tasks can be marked as incomplete or complete.  Tasks can be scheduled in advance or for the current day.

I also found a great resource that has a variety of apps that are subject area related.  There are apps for science, math, language arts, and social studies teachers.  Do you have any favorite apps that you use for teaching?

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AbleData – Resource for Assistive Technology for Students

AbleData is a website that provides data for users to find information about a very wide variety of assistive technology.  AbleData is sponsored by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR), which is part of the US Department of Education.

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The Products Page

The Products page is the heart of this site.  Users can search for assistive technology resources that can help students based on a particular need.  This site provides 20 broad categories like daily living, walking, communication, or mobility.  After selecting a major category, sub categories appear with various assistive technology options.  The options are links to learn more information about the assistive technology.  For example, let’s say you have a student who is having difficulty moving around the room.  You can select mobility as the main category and then see a variety of options like carts, manual wheel chairs, scooters, powered wheel chairs, sport wheel chairs, and accessories.  When you select a link, there will be a brief synopsis of the assistive technology device, the approximate cost, and vendors for the specific product.  This information can then be used to make suggestions to the IEP team, administrators, or even the parents.

The Products page also has a classified section where users can post either re-sales of assistive technology or want ads for needed assistive technology.  All of the process is screened through AbleData.

The Resources Page

The Resources page includes information such as information centers, conferences and companies that can help users to learn more about assistive technology.   This information can provide teachers with a wealth of resources for various disabilities, services, technology, professional development, and other resources.  You could use this page to find out information about the largest Assistive Technology Conference (ATIA) that is being held this week in Orlando.

The Library Page

The library contains three sections:  publications, literature and news.  The Publications page includes fact sheets and consumer guides about the various products that they provide information for on their products page.  This page also contains links with recent articles written from the National Institute for Rehabilitation Engineering.  The Literature page includes a search box and list to find recent articles, books, and publications about assistive technology.  I found this information very useful to learn more about the current trends of assistive technology.  The News You Can Use page is very similar to a blog about assistive technology.  Posts are made every few weeks including links to various resources, surveys, conferences, or other hot topics about disabilities and assistive technology.

My AbleData Account

If you create a free AbleData account, you are able to save the assistive technology devices that you would need to access again either to share with school staff members or parents, or for your future review.

AbleData is a great resource for all individuals who are involved in working with individuals with disabilities.  It can help to provide you with the most current assistive technology trends and application information.

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January Mashup – Fun Online Learning Games for Kids

This month’s mashup is a discussion of fun online learning games for students in grades K-8.  All of these websites below can be used by students independently during computer center time or even at home.  Some of them would be great resources to use as a class presentation and have students interact on a digital whiteboard.  Each site is also appropriate to be used with students with special needs and a variety of activities can be chosen based on the students learning levels and not necessarily grade level.

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ABCya

ABCya is a website for elementary level students to play online educational games.  These are fun, high-interest games that can be used during computer center time or for reinforcement of key concepts.  This site would also be a great resource for the students to use at home.  There are many different activities broken down in to the various standard strands for math, science, language arts, and social studies activities.

Kids will have so much fun they won’t even realize they are learning!  I played Balloon Pop Subtraction.  In this game the students pop the correct number of balloons to solve the problems.  There are three levels of difficulty for students to choose from depending on age and ability.

I also tried the Map It! game in the classroom where students have to match the puzzle pieces with the shapes of the states to where they would fit on the map.  I enjoyed having my students challenge each other to see who could solve the puzzle the fastest.  On the easy level, it provides the students the names of the states and on the hard level it does not.

Teaching technology, the unit on future technologies and robots, is one of my favorites, so I also played the Build a Robot game.  In this game, students get to pick the shapes to build the body for their robot, increase or decrease their size, rotate, and layer the parts in order to build their own unique robot.  The robots can be saved to a file or even printed to display in the classroom.  I encourage my students to not just make robots that are shaped like people, since the majority of robots do not take this form.  As an extension for this website, you could have students write a description of their robot, what it does and how it helps society.

Jig Saw Doku

Jig Saw Doku  is a kid’s version of Sudoku.  This website provides various levels of difficulty ranging from easy to hard.  All of the pieces are tiled like primary color numbered blocks.  These blocks need to be placed in the pattern where no numbers overlap a row or column.  The hint option is great tool for kids to see their mistakes.  The misplaced tiles are removed to give the student another try.  The game is timed at the bottom, so it would be a good challenge to race against their best times or against other students.

The Sensory House

The Sensory House is a great interactive website for special needs students.  Students enter the sensory house through the door and then enter the hallway and are able to choose from a selection of rooms and decorations.  When you select an object, more options will appear which will then lead the student to an activity.  In the garden, students build a virtual garden filled with animals, plants and other garden art.  In the music room, students can play a variety of classical and rock instruments.  In the money manager, students calculate costs and change for a wide variety of household expenses.  This would be a good website to project on an interactive board to work with students as a class.

Shape Poems

Read Write Think has an interactive website where students can learn and write their own Shape Poems.  Students are able to select an appropriate shape for their poem, type their poem, and print their poem in color to share with their classmates.  This would be a great activity to introduce poetry.

All of these sites offer fun learning experiences for children of all ages.  Are there others that you have found?  Please comment and add them our shared resources.

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Reading Rockets – Launching Students into Better Readers!

Reading Rockets provides online reading resources for teachers, parents, librarians, and other school professionals.  This site is sponsored by PBS.   The homepage of this site provides links for all types of users to find information about teaching students how to read.  This includes a FAQs section that features a new reading-related question every day, links to blogs on best practices in teaching reading and top literature picks for kids.  There is also general information including book lists, reading strategies, and research-based guides.  I particularly liked the Video and Podcasts section which included informational videos about various hot-topics in reading education such as how to get students engaged in reading in this digital era.  There were also video interviews with some of the most popular authors today.

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For Parents Page

The For Parents Page provides specific information about reading strategies that parents can implement with their children.  There are ideas for working with younger children who are learning to begin to read along with school-aged children who can read together with family or friends at home.  There are great links and ideas provided for seasonal reading like winter fun reading or how to help improve reading over the summer.  Another section on this page provides parents with tips on how to communicate with the teacher about reading and academic progress in the classroom.  There are also gift ideas for books to buy children of various ages, reading levels, and interests.  One of the most useful sections on this page provided information for parents to determine weak areas and help their struggling reader.  One of these links is a great television show to encourage these struggling readers from ages 7-12 through music, animation, and fun kid-related concepts on PBS also called Reading Rockets.

Teachers Page

The For Teachers Page offers reading strategies and lessons for the classroom.  Some of the information is the same for both teachers and parents including information on how to help struggling readers, access to the Reading Rockets blogs on children’s literature and best practices on reading.  It also has the flip-side of information about how teachers can communicate and build meaningful relationships with parents.

One of the differences in the teacher page is that there is information about professional development opportunities that can be used to further your educational reading knowledge.  Much of this information is presented through webcasts on various reading topics like tutoring programs, ELLs, summer reading, teaching writing, and students with disabilities.  One of the video professional development links is available online and is also aired on PBS called Launching Young Reader.  This series is hosted by famous actors and actresses and covers top authors, illustrators, and books for children along with reading strategies and family activities to encourage reading based on the latest research.

One of the most useful pages under the teacher’s page is the classroom strategies page.  They provide an annotated list of all of the reading strategies broken down into the main reading categories.  You can quickly see when the skill should be used before, during, or after reading.  When you select the strand you are teaching about, it provides you with an explanation of what the skill is, examples of how you can incorporate it into your classroom, books that you can use to teach this skill, differentiated instruction options, and the research data that backs the strategy.  I would recommend this page to all teachers no matter what subject or grade level they teach now.

This is a great website to learn about reading instruction and how you can implement strategies to help children both at school and at home to become lifelong lovers of reading.

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Strategies for Educating EH and SED Students

Teaching students classified as Emotionally Handicapped (EH) or Seriously Emotionally Disturbed (SED) in the inclusive classroom setting has been one of the most challenging experiences of my teaching career.  Statistically this group of students makes up only 8% of all of the disabilities under IDEA, however 80% of the students labeled as EH or SED are male students.  EH and SED students have difficulty with displaying appropriate behaviors and emotions, including facets of depression, aggression, withdrawal or other behaviors that may be disruptive or distracting to other students in the classroom.  These behaviors or actions have contributed to the EH or SED student often being academically unsuccessful.

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Accommodations

Following many of the accommodations on the Individualize Education Plan is a starting place for helping these students be successful in class.  The accommodations that I have worked with previously include setting specific classroom rules and expectations directly for the student, and creating a preventative discipline plan.  For younger students, following a card based system like the “Stop Light Game” (green for great, yellow for warning, and red for stop) is one behavior strategy that helps students to visually see their behaviors in the classroom and it is a quick way to modify the behavior.  If the student is on red at the end of the day a consequence should be set in place.  Working together with the parents to use a similar system at home helps the student to be aware of their behaviors and the consequences that go with the behavior, both good and bad.

“The Good Student Game” is another positive preventative discipline option.  This game works great with younger and older students.   Students work in pairs during class to monitor each other’s behavior.  The teacher will indicate certain points during the class period when they evaluate each other’s behavior.  This can be done through a simple card with a check yes or no or percentages (example on the link above) which is then reviewed at the end of the class.

Get to Know the Student & Planning Ahead

Getting to know the student who is EH or SED is one of the most important aspects in helping the student to manage behaviors and to help them be academically successful.  This way, as a teacher, I know what the triggers both positive and negative behavior in a student.  This way you can plan the best approach for dealing with situations like incomplete homework, not performing well on a test, tattle tales, emotional shutdowns, and the like.  Using simple back-to-school style ice breakers will help in the “getting to know you “process.

After getting to know the student very well, this will help you to plan ahead for your lessons, activities, assessments, and tasks such as planning for the flow of the class schedule.  Planning ahead for group assignments, buddy pairs, classroom seating, ways of including the student, and time management can help the class run smoothly.  This also means having a plan ahead of time for when the EH or SED student has an outburst or withdrawal period. Other students need to understand that when the student is in withdrawal that the student may not want to be comforted or touched and may prefer to be left alone.  Students may also need a ‘cool off’ period where they go to use the restroom or to get a drink of water at the water fountain.  If a student has an outburst, the teacher has to have a plan to remove the other students from any harm (like a flying chair or fists).  Planning ahead may also include making academic changes to lesson plans, worksheets, tests, or quizzes.  There are many ways to assess mastery of content and lessons, test questions, or assignments may be modified based on the student’s learning style.  The teacher may adapt tests for special need students based on Bloom’s Taxonomy., for example, a well written multiple choice question may be as effective is assessing mastery as a short answer question.  Checklists are a great way to help to in preparing and planning ahead.

What other suggestions do you have in helping EH and SED students to be behaviorally and academically successful?  Feel free to share your tips, tricks, and links by commenting below.

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Online Resources Provided by the US Department of Education (Part 3 of 3)

In my previous posts I wrote about Tech Matrix and The National Center for Technology Innovation.  These organization’s websites contain a wealth of technology resources for special education teachers, administrators, professional development trainers, and technology coordinators to widen their knowledge about technology and special education.  These were two of three Department of Education organizations that I recently found while searching online.

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Today’s post is about another Department of Education organization, The Center for Implementing Technology in Education.  My first experience with this website was watching their narrated tour of their website.  This link was a great first look at what this site has to offer.  I definitely suggest checking it out.

There are three main categories on this site:  the Learn Center, the Action Center, and the Research Center.  All of these can be best utilized by becoming a free registered user under the My Center link.  When you register you are able to bookmark and tag links and articles that you find relevant to what you want to know or to learn about.  You can then share these resources and create ‘toolkits’ to send your colleagues, teams, or teacher friends.

The Learn Center

The Learn Center provides resources for a variety of educational professionals including teachers, administrators, technology coordinators, and professional development coordinators.  When you go to this site, you chose your role, and you will be directed to a page of resources that fits your designated role.  Under the teachers link, the site is broken down into four sections – responsibilities, topics, featured resources, and related research.  Under all of the sections, the user chooses the categories of interest and then the selection will provide further resources from various online resources to learn more about the topic.  These resources range from research articles, blogs, state resources, and other organizations that support the education of special needs children.  This website is a great jumping-off point to learn more and stay current with trends in technology with special needs students.

Action Center

The Action Center provides professional development materials and the EdTech Locator.  The EdTech Locator was discussed in my first post about the Tech Matrix.  This tool is great for professional development to determine where you, your staff, or your school is at in means of technology integration.  This resource provides information to help take you from the early stage of integration to the target state of integration.

Research Center

The Research Center contains article links about emerging and current best practices of technology integration for the special education classroom.  This information can be applied to local schools and assist in making technology choices in the special education classroom.  One article from this section I found interesting was research that was done at different levels of education on calculator implementation in the special education classroom.  Overall, the research findings were that the use of calculators had a positive impact on operational and problem solving skills.

Overall, I hope that you have found the past three posts to be very informative and as great resources for learning more about technology in special education.  These sites represent the now and the future of how technology can help students with special needs to achieve academic and social goals helping them to become independent and active citizens in their adult lives.  These three resources would be great to share with your fellow colleagues, those who are both special education teachers and those who have special education students in their mainstream classrooms.  I have learned a lot about the various tools, websites, research, and products available for special needs students from these resources and I hope you have too.

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