"T.H.E. P.A.C.T.": Technology Helps Easy & Practical Adapted Curriculum TeachingBy Macomber, Phyl T.; Closing the Gap, Vol. 28, No. 2, pp. 21-29
Publication Date: June/July 2009
Article outlines a framework developed for educational teams to use when adapting a curriculum for a special needs learner. The framework discussed, T.H.E. P.A.C.T., which stands for Technology Helps Easy & Practical Adapted Curriculum Teaching, offers a step by step method of adapting the curriculum by implementing four essential modules: Learn About, Read About, Write About, and Talk About. The model identifies: (1) I.E.P. (Individualized Education Program) objectives targeted for the education content of each module; (2) consistent learning activities and formats used for each educational objective; and (3) the corresponding assistive technology solution for each learning activity. The article offers two examples of the model being implemented in the curriculum of two special-needs students: (A) A curriculum unit called “All About the Farm” is developed for a third-grade student with cerebral palsy and cognitive challenges using Boardmaker Plus! to set up interactive materials including vocabulary cards, an adapted book, and a customized low-tech writing folder; and a LITTLEmack Communicator for the Talk About module; and (B) A unit on “Penguins” for a first grade student with Down Syndrome, using Boardmaker Plus! with educational videos, vocabulary cards, a Matching Lesson and Card Game; Writing Bin-Early Skills combined with IntelliTools Classroom Suite for a Build-a-Book activity and computer-assisted writing; and a LEO communication device for a classroom discussion group using AAC supports. A product information list is appended.
Assistive Products Discussed: LITTLEMACK COMMUNICATOR (FORMERLY ONE-STEP)
Published by: Closing the Gap, Inc. (Website:http://www.closingthegap.com)