ERIC Number: ED386144
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Jun
Technology and the Special Education Classroom.
Experiences of a teacher using educational technology in the classroom are recounted. The teacher welcomed technology as it was being introduced over the two decades she spent first in the preschool and then in the middle-school special-education classroom, but she found adapting to technological advances slow going at first. Eventually she came to use technology in a number of instructional management tasks, including calculating grades, making lesson plans, communicating with parents, and modifying classroom work. Technology, through the camcorder, allows efficient and convenient student-parent-teacher conferences. Parents receive a tape of the student's recorded interview as an introduction to communication with the teacher. She also adopted technology for instruction, giving students the opportunity to complete assignments and express themselves. Teachers are advised to expect to spend time learning about new hardware and software and to be creative in their technology uses. They are also advised that students, who often understand some aspect of the technology better than the teacher does, can be valuable resources. Thirteen unnumbered attachments include examples of technology use for teachers, lessons plans, grade spreadsheets, modified assignments, student questions, and examples of student computer assisted products. (SLD)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
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