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The second edition of Assistive Technology in the Classroom Enhancing the School Experiences of Students with Disabilities,  clearly understands and addresses two of the most important aspects of assistive technology: that classroom technology changes rapidly, and that individual students with disabilities require personalized solutions when it comes to successfully completing daily, school-related tasks. With the first aspect in mind, the authors of this contemporary and engaging text have created a companion website that will keep students and instructors up to date with the most current advancements in assistive technology, research, website links, and other resources. With the second aspect in mind, the authors have approached assistive technology with a focus on finding assistive technology tools that speak to individual students, not disability categories.

 

This text also comes filled with learning tools to help readers process and retain what they are learning effectively: each chapter begins with a set of Focus Questions to guide the reader, and concludes with a bulleted summary, a list of related Websites, and Suggested Activities for use in the classroom or as out-of-class assignments.

 

New to This Edition:

·        A chapter on Universal Design for Learning and Differentiated Instruction (Chapter 4) allow students to learn about best practices for using technology to include students with disabilities in general education classes.

 

·        An updated and expanded chapter on using computers and the internet to teach math to students with disabilities (Chapter 5) teaches readers how to use technology to provide access to math activities for students who are blind or have physical disabilities.

 

·        New information on captioning of films and videos for students who are deaf or hard-of-hearing instructs readers on how to make films and videos accessible to students who are deaf or hard-of-hearing

 

·        Current information on all technology tools, including software, Web-based activities, Website addresses, has been updated to reflect current products and trends, allowing students to find and use every technology resource included in the text.

 

·        New material on providing books in alternate formats to students with print disabilities, including the new requirement in the 2004 IDEA to provide all students with Accessible Instructional Materials.

 

·        Accessibility features in Windows 7 and Mac OS 10.6 have been added so that students are familiar with the most current and popular operating systems in use.

 

·        Sample IEP goals added to Chapters 2-6 and 10-12 provide students with the ability to integrate assistive technology into IEPs.

 

·        Web resources at the end of each chapter give students an easy way to find information and further their knowledge about all products and online resources that relate to each topic covered.

 

·        Suggested Activities at the end of each chapter give instructors further supplementary guidance that can be used as insightful activities in the classroom or as out-of-class assignments.

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PRACTICE MEETS THEORY!! April 28 2009
By A. Haga - Published on Amazon.com
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Too many times in graduate study, we are inundated with theory that has no real practical use. Enter this text! It is a new addition to my graduate program, and it provides practical information about assistive technology, low-tech to high-tech, that can be easily incorporated into any classroom. It describes products, explains use, describes disabilities that can be helped, and even gives vendor information!

This product is a "must have" for any special educator!
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Don't Order the Kindle Version!!! Jan. 21 2012
By Linda - Published on Amazon.com
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Beware: The kindle version only works on your computer. You cannot actually read it on the kindle device itself. This was disappointing as I did not want to have to lug my computer around just to have access to this book. Unfortunately, had I known, I would have bought the physical copy; but now its too late as I currently need access to this book for school. ALSO BEWARE: that there are several occasions where I have stumble across a blank page with a few words "This item omitted from WebBook Edition." I think that they are mostly images, perhaps tables, but it annoying to pay for content and not actually be able to SEE the content. The actual book itself is interesting and informative. If it wasn't for the format that I currently have for it, I would actually be enjoying the book.
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AT in Classroom July 29 2010
By Bonnie J. H. Quist - Published on Amazon.com
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As an AT Spec. I am constantly asked by parents when AT tools are identified how to implement the tool into the classroom work. Making it real is so important. Otherwise the tools just sit and aren't used to help the student meet their IEP goals. This book does look at the low to high tech options available. I have seen many names in the book that are people in Special Education that I greatly admire and their input shows.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Very informative book! Aug. 1 2008
By rena8125 - Published on Amazon.com
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This a great book for individuals in education who are trying to learn more about assistive technology.
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Love this book! July 8 2010
By J. Morr - Published on Amazon.com
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I used this book for an assistive technology class while working on my master's. There is so much useful information beyond the text! There are examples, websites, and information on organizations that would be beneficial to anyone interested in working with AT.

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