Learning Exercise

Finding and Planning for Assistive Technology Integration

Students identify a population with a specific disability, evaluate and select appropriate assistive technology resources, and plan for their integration. Their work is informed by research.

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Exercise

Assistive technology can facilitate academic success by all students, but evaluating and selecting high-quality and relevant resources can be challenging.

1. Identify a population who have a specific disabilities, and choose one grade for your focus.

2. Go to http://www.cited.org, and click on http://techmatrix.org/.

3. Choose 4 relevant resources after comparing at least 12 products. Jot down your process and all products that were compared.

4. Access at least 1 piece of research from the Research section of http://www.cited.org or the searchable research datbase of http://techmatrix.org/. Read at least one piece of research that relates to your resources or identified population.

5. Click on ACT at http://www.cited.org, and access the EdTech Locator. Assess your site's current technology status, and use the product's worksheet to plan the integration of your 4 chosen resources. Incorporate (and cite) your research findings to inform your plan.

6. Post your work (process narrative, resource list and choices, and plan) on the course's website, following the instructor's direction.

 

Technical Notes

Internet, course management system, word processing program

Requirements

Posted digital work (process narrative, resource list and choices, and plan) on the course's website, following the instructor's direction.

Topics

Internet and course website access

Learning Objectives

1, Evaluate assistive technology resources in light of specific disabilities.

2. Develop a plan to integrate assistive technology into the curriculum.

3. Incorporate research into assistive technology selection and integration.

Assessment

Resource selection: feasibility and appropriateness of the 4 choices, clarity and thoroughness of evaluation process narrative

Technology plan: feasibility, appropriateness and thoroughness of the tech plan; appropriate and insightful appilcation of cited research