ERIC Number: ED478557
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Nov-6
Integrating Assistive Technology with Curriculum Standards.
Puckett, Kathleen S.
This paper discusses the development of an assistive technology (AT) toolkit for special education teachers to use in integrating assistive technology with general curriculum standards for students with high incidence (mild) disabilities. Participants were 31 K-8 special education teacher-volunteers recruited from schools representing urban, rural, and suburban school settings in two states. Teachers participated in four weeks of asynchronous on-line training and discussion on assistive technology and general curriculum standards and attended a 25-hour workshop on the following assistive technology applications: word prediction, voice input, speech output, concept mapping, multimedia, and alternative keyboards. Teachers received an AT toolkit for classroom use and developed lesson plans that integrated language arts and math general curriculum standards with technology. Evaluation indicated: (1) improvement in teacher knowledge, confidence, and willingness to use assistive technology in lesson plans addressing state curriculum standards; (2) the need for hands-on training and support in implementing assistive technology; and (3) the necessity of ready access to necessary software and equipment for instructional purposes. (Contains 13 references.) (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Tennessee Higher Education Commission, Nashville.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (29th, Chattanooga, TN, November 6-8, 2002).