Integrating Assistive Technology Into the ClassroomBy Connor, Cynthia; Snell, Martha E.; Closing the Gap, Vol. 25, No. 3, pp. 24-25
Publication Date: August/September 2006
Article provides a general overview of assistive technology (AT) use in classrooms. The author contends that teacher preparation programs do not necessarily provide special education teachers with the skills required to effectively integrate AT into their lesson plans. Special and general education teachers can benefit from courses that provide AT demonstrations with opportunities for hands-on practice and training workshops, which can be provided by AT centers and school systems alike. The need for ongoing support for teachers using AT in the classroom is also discussed, as effective support typically involves the following provisions: (1) training, either through formal professional development, peer training, or informal collaboration, (2) allowance of the time necessary for teachers to program computers, set up AT, and team with special educators and other service staff, and (3) timely maintenance and support practices.
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