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ERIC Number: EJ1064238
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 2
ISSN: ISSN-1544-6751
Powering up Technology from Passive Access to Active Integration
Taylor, Shay
Odyssey: New Directions in Deaf Education, v16 p60-63 2015
For many educators, working with students who were deaf or hard of hearing was the need to have "access." Access to technology was the tool of choice for providing integration that has come to be so much more than gadgets. It is intercurricular--math software incorporates reading, science websites support language skills. It is multimodal--requiring not just clicking and reading but filled with visual, kinetic, and interactive information. It requires students to think more critically, not only to connect to content but to get more from the content than they would if they didn't have technology. In this article, the author notes that the key to "powering up technology" is integrating technology that supports and enhances learning goals and follows four key components of learning: active engagement, participation in groups, frequent interaction and feedback, and real-world connections. All students, regardless of hearing ability, should have full access to the technology available today--just like they have access to pencils and paper. Integrating educational technology allows students to construct their own learning from where they are and with what they have. Moving beyond technology incorporation to technology integration ensures deaf and hard of hearing students are getting every opportunity to flourish as young people in the 21st century.
Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center. Gallaudet University, 800 Florida Avenue NE, KS 3600, Washington, DC 20002. Tel: 800-526-9105; Tel: 202-651-5340; Fax: 202-651-5708; e-mail:; Web site:
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Language: English
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