Assistive Technology in the Classroom: Enhancing the School Experiences of Students with Disabilities (2nd Edition) Paperback – Aug 10 2011
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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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This product is a "must have" for any special educator!
Assistive Technology in the Classroom: Enhancing the School Experiences of Students with Disabilities by Amy G. Dell, Deborah A. Newton, and Jerry G. Petroff touches on how the use of specific technology tools increases the level of achievement for students with special need in an academic atmosphere. This book looks at how educators can utilize assistive technology in the classroom to help students with special needs achieve success when learning general education curriculum. The various pieces of technology that are reviewed in this text target many different disabilities varying from low-incidence to high-incidence.
The text mainly discusses how it is necessary for educators to understand how and why certain technology tools are used with students with special needs. The book speaks about the importance of using assistive technologies appropriately so that they may target the needs of the student, which will lead them to achieve success academically, socially, and emotionally. This is a great aspect of the book. As an educator, it is essential to understand the purpose of using technology tools in the classroom. This ensures great preparation of the teacher, which will have a positive effect on the student that uses the tool. I personally have seen teachers struggle to accurately use technology in their classroom with students because they are not educated on its use or they do not understand how it can fully support a student's needs. With the use of this book, these educators would be that much more prepared, which would have an outstanding effect on the students that use them to increase their academic experience.
In addition to descriptions of the assistive technologies and their use to increase students with disabilities participation in the classroom and their academic work, the book provides visual of the tools. This allows for the educator using the book to visually see what the product looks like or how it can be used by a student. This is another aspect of the book that is positive to its reader. Often times a written description of a product is not suitable enough to the educator that is learning about an assistive technology and how it can increase the teaching and learning done inside the classroom. With a visual example, an educator will be able to have a better understanding if their student will be able to benefit from its use. Each image is cited with the name of the assistive technology, as well as the source it came from. This is extremely helpful to an educator that wishes to access the tool so that they may see it in person and investigate it even more so they may decided whether or not the tool is appropriate for a student's use.
Another aspect of this book that is useful to the reader is that it includes a number of listed resources throughout the text. The audience can utilize this listing to further research in the use of assistive technology inside the classroom. Knowing this text is a reliable resource, the documents listed too are creditable. Educators often use a number of documents when researching how to increase their teaching quality and the learning done inside the classroom. Not only would educators be able to use Assistive Technology in the Classroom: Enhancing the School Experiences of Students with Disabilities itself, but they can seek out other resources listed in the text to further their knowledge.
I recommend this book to educators, especially to those who work in special education or have students with special needs in their class. It is essential to be educated on the assistive technology tools that are available to students with special needs. In addition to knowing what is available, educators need to understand how their use can increase the teaching and learning happening inside the classroom. Assistive Technology in the Classroom: Enhancing the School Experiences of Students with Disabilities indeed achieves this goal.