My name is Tricia and I am a Special Education major at Illinois State University, specializing in learning and behavior disorders. My question is, what have you, as educators, experienced that has impacted your relationship with technology?
I believe that as teachers, we need to be explicit in how we say things and how we communicate with others, so how has technology impacted your communication? Good? Bad? Any stories? Advice?
I'm a 7th grade teacher in a small suburb in Kansas. I teach 2 classes that include special education students and see several of the same kids two other times in the day. I think its important that they have time in the regular classroom to learn with and from their peers. I have really enjoyed having my sped students in class over the last 4 years and I feel that the small amount of extra work I've put in to meet their needs has made me a better teacher. I am in the midst of a Masters in Technology degree and have been able to incorporate much technology into my lesson planning.
Hi! I am a Middle School English teacher at a private school for special needs students. My school is very diverse and accepts students of a wide range of abilities. It is imperative that I used technology in the classroom to accommodate all abilities. For example, I have one student who has limited manual dexterity so she uses her iPad to complete nearly all classroom assignments. This is great because otherwise an adult would have to scribe all of her answers. I love seeing the increased independence, and consequently increased self-esteem, that has blossomed since the introduction of the iPad.