In my previous post I wrote about Tech Matrix, an online database of technology resources for teachers to help in educating special education students. This was one of three Department of Education organizations that I recently found while searching online.
Today’s post is about another Department of Education organization that I found was very helpful for learning about technology for special needs student: The National Center for Technology Innovation. This site is directed more toward researchers and companies that make assistive technology, however, as a teacher, I found the information useful to keep up-to-date on the cutting edge research in special education and assistive technology.
Technology Innovators Conference
This organization will be holding an intriguing conference in Washington D.C. in the middle of November called the Technology Innovators Conference. This conference is based upon research grants that are applied for the prior year for their program called Tech in the Works. The research on the chosen topics is then completed, and then the researchers share their findings at the conference. Resources of past conferences including online video and presentations can also be found online. This is a great resource to learn about the top research topics in this field.
Other Resources & Articles
Under their Products Link in a Section called Yellow Pages, I found a resource where teachers can find funding for assistive technology for the classroom. You can also search people, research projects, and vendors through this feature.
Relevant articles can be found through the Case Studies, Publications, and Innovator Profiles links. Topics include speech technology, the future of assistive technology, assistive tech products put to the test, and using technology to empower students. Many of these articles revolve around various products and technology programs that are on the market for special needs individuals. This information can be very helpful when comparing various technologies that you may want to implement into your classroom.
Top Tech Trends for Special Education
The trends section of this website aggregates information from the top online resources including blogs, journals, magazines, and newspapers. This information is then represented using a word cloud. The links of words that are the largest are the ones that are the most written about topics in the trends today. Selecting on the links will bring you to pages of articles and resources about this topic. Below, topics can also be chosen based on pre-set categories of interest. One cloud link that I found interesting and current was about portable technology. Many of the articles are about the iPad, e-books, and cell phones and how they are helping individuals with disabilities to communicate.
Overall, this is a great website for special education teachers (and students who are studying to become special education teachers) to find information about current trends in special education technology and the research of the future. The articles I found were intriguing and make me to read and learn more.
Article By Laura Ketcham
Picture By ~Brenda-Starr~