Technology and Inclusion
Brooklyn Bawulski and Rachel McKinnie
EDMT 330 Copeland
November 21, 2005
Students with special needs in your classroom.
A student with mild disabilities and no physical or noticeable
handicap may be rejected by other children in the class simply
because they exhibit behaviors that may seem atypical. Educating all
students about disabilities can help with this. Visit Education World
for free lesson plan ideas.
Students with special needs may have trouble understanding lessons
that are not specifically adapted for them. They may be unable to
concentrate on lectures or follow directions. They could also be easily
distracted by other students.
Students with special needs may have trouble completing
assignments in the same amount of time allotted for other students.
They may also have trouble completing tests or homework in a timely
Students with special needs may also feel embarrassed about their
handicap or disability because other students don’t understand or
don’t have any prior knowledge or experience with special needs
What are some issues in helping students
with special needs learn in your classroom?
Many times, students can have a
special need that is not apparent in
everyday situations. Atypical behavior
of these students can cause them to
loose self-esteem and feel ostracized
Some students with special needs
may not be able to communicate
effectively without the use of
The use of certain technology can
help to build the communication skills
and self-esteem of students with
Technology can also allow special
needs students the ability to learn at
their own pace in a format that works
best for them.
How can technology help students with
special needs learn better?
Technology can give students alternative ways to participate in the
Technology can connect students to their classrooms from home. It can also
allow them to work at their own pace. A class website is a great idea to allow
students access to class materials from home. Geocities offers free web
hosting for web sites.
Technology can allow students with speech impediments to communicate
clearly with others. It can also allow students with hearing impairments to
“hear” what is going on. Technology can also allow students with vision
impairments the ability to know what is going on and participate the same as
any other student. Check out Links to free software that enable computers
with these capabilities.
Information can be presented in a variety of ways to students with special
needs. Computer software programs are all over the internet. Visit The
Teachers' Institute for Special Education to see what products are available.
How can technology help students
with special needs learn better?
Presents information in a variety of ways,
including rewording and restating of directions
to provide students with multiple opportunities
to comprehend what is expected.
Provides a multisensory approach to learning.
Provides a careful balance of immediate and
delayed feedback while students learn to
become confident in their own abilities.
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