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ERIC Number: EJ1098647
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0973-2217
Assistive Technology in a Failing School: Innovative Strategies for Implementation
Rader, Laura
Journal on School Educational Technology, v4 n2 p55-63 Sep-Nov 2008
Educators in today's classroom face increasing challenges which include the changing complexities of student needs, the intricacies of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), the demands of high stakes standardized state assessments and the continuous and often widely publicized issues associated with budget constraints. With all of these challenges, introducing trends in assistive technology to already overwhelmed and frustrated educators is a monumental task even if students, teachers and schools may ultimately benefit from such implementation. However, assistive technology may be the key ingredient needed to enhance the educational opportunities of all students. Discovering ways to approach teachers and spark their enthusiasm to use assistive technology to enhance educational opportunities for all students is a daunting yet necessary task. Consultants who navigate these unchartered territories require creativity and perseverance. They often begin their journey by initiating conversations and dialogue with directors of technology--recognizing this as fundamental to successful implementation. However, after consulting with various schools and working with influential school personnel, this is only the first step in the equation. It is essential to develop unique and innovative strategies to connect with teacher flexibility, patience, open mindedness, positive attitudes, and high expectations.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act; No Child Left Behind Act 2001
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