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Creative Applications of Technology in the SPED classroom

Creative Applications of Technology in the SPED classroom

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How are you utilizing creative applications of technology to improve student learning in your classroom?


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Laura Thomas's picture
Laura Thomas
Director, Antioch University New England Center for School Renewal, Author of Facilitating Authentic Learning, Director of the Antioch Critical Skills Program

Yes, to echo Ashley, it would be great to get a little more information about what you're looking for. There are so many possibilities- from using iPads to support early childhood students with letter formation and sequencing to voice-to-text software for students with dysgraphia.

I personally find that Cybraryman is a good place to start when I'm trying to find a comprehensive catalogue of resources on a topic. Here's a link to his assistive tech page: http://cybraryman.com/assistedtech.html

Silvestra Adolfo's picture
Silvestra Adolfo
High School SDC M/M program teacher

One of my goals is to provide a means for two of my students to dictate their ideas. So, I am lookng for a voice to text app for my classroom computers. In addition, I would like to transcribe voice recordings to text for my HOH students.

Ashley Cronin's picture
Ashley Cronin
Digital Resource Curator

One good voice-to-text app that I'm aware of is Dragon Naturally Speaking. Versions of their product can also do audio transcription, I believe.

Michele Bar-David's picture
Michele Bar-David
Special Education Teacher (SDC/ED; Math and Science) from Monterey, CA

Thank you for your comments! I enjoyed browsing throughhttp://cybraryman.com/assistedtech.html...thank you for sharing that site.
Right now, I'm teaching in a Special Day Classroom for students with Emotional Disturbance (students with mood disorders, high-functioning autism...). I'm looking to integrate more technology into my classroom, such as sites that the students can explore that reinforce grade-level standards/common core (grades 6, 7 and 8) with regard to math and science. I'm also interested in anything having to do with promoting pro-social skills and encouraging emotional regulation.

Candice Dunston's picture
Candice Dunston
High School special day class teacher from California

Hello out there, I'm new to online communities. Does anyone have any suggestions or could you share your favorite sites or ways to use technology with life skills curriculum?

Ivan's picture
Ivan
Elementary school teacher from Salinas, CA

I'm looking for some cool ways to use technology for my classroom. Any cool sites to teach my students community safety skills and/or virtual field trip tours?

Whitney Hoffman's picture
Whitney Hoffman
Producer LD Podcast, Digital Media Consultant, Author

Dragon is great for voice to text- and you can also try something like "Audio Note"- an iOS app that allows you to audio record while taking notes, and the audio automatically syncs with the writing , so you can, on playback, skip to the exact part where the teacher was saying x,y,z.

For online safety, Digital Citizenship is fantastic. http://www.digitalcitizenship.net/
For virtual field trips this link from eschool news http://www.eschoolnews.com/2013/04/07/ten-of-the-best-virtual-field-trips/ has some great links, but the ones given in the comments are even better!

For kids with special needs, these is a whole website that is collecting a list of apps to help- http://a4cwsn.com/

Hope this is helpful! Let me know if you need more resources!

Laura Thomas's picture
Laura Thomas
Director, Antioch University New England Center for School Renewal, Author of Facilitating Authentic Learning, Director of the Antioch Critical Skills Program

Just a few handy links. I found this: 11 Social Skills & Life Skills Apps- it might be helpful. http://www.friendshipcircle.org/blog/2011/02/23/11-social-skills-life-sk...

Also, this seems like a pretty good site for apps for kids with special needs- I didn't have time to really explore it fully, but it seems promising:
http://a4cwsn.com

In terms of field trips, this Pinterest board had some great ideas http://www.pinterest.com/twahlert/virtual-field-trips/

Finally, Sphere is a pretty nifty app on it's own for virtual field trips, plus they have a great list of ideas and links too (scroll down below the video).
http://inside.thesphere.com/blog/sphere-is-in-session-virtual-field-trips

Candice Dunston's picture
Candice Dunston
High School special day class teacher from California

Thank you so much for your advice. This will help me out a lot!

Candice Dunston's picture
Candice Dunston
High School special day class teacher from California

Thank you for the Social Skills and LIfe Skills Apps advice! This will help a whole lot!

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