Technology can prove to be an equalizer for classrooms with special needs students. When a teacher is looking at teaching 35+ students each in a unique individualized way, devices and software can be a HUGE help in personalizing lessons and skill enhancements for each student. Children with learning disabilities often have advanced technological skills and are often very drawn to technological devices so providing them in the classroom makes good sense.
Incorporating such technology in the classroom can increase students’ motivation to learn as each lesson is personalized for each student.Here are 3 Resources that offer assistance for those looking for help with technology incorporation:
is a software program one can obtain free of charge. The program captures student voices and photos in order to come together on a topic. It is a good substitute for written papers and personalizes the experience for the student because it allows he or she to narrate their own project.
is an application that can be used on an iPad that allows students to turn their iPads into story board communicators. Students with communication disorders or trouble writing can use the symbols to create personalized messages.
provides information and links to further help teachers with finding resources on teaching science, math, reading and writing. The site is sponsored by the National Center for Technology Innovation and the Center for Implementing Technology in Education.
As you consider providing or diving into the task of starting a technologically based classroom it helps to be aware of some key features school wireless networks must possess to allow the technological devices to work and be implemented properly so the focus is on the student’s learning and not on the ability to use the devices.
High Capacity Load Balancing:
When there are 35+ students in a classroom using a device with low transmit power, such as an iPad or Chromebook, access points put in various parts of the school, or in a coverage type model, will no longer work to allow the students’ devices to work properly with no degradation in performance.
A capacity built infrastructure with an access point in each classroom will be the best bet in those devices being able to broadcast a worthy signal back to the access point and work as they should. Also the access points placed in the rooms must have the ability to shift users if one of the access points becomes over utilized.
User Access Control:
It is essential that your wireless system integrates with some directory database such as Active Directory so a user can be assigned a role. A student will be able to access a certain type of the network based on their user role and their device.
Web Content/Application Filtering:
CIPA law requires that schools have filtering in place to protect students from bad content. A proper firewall gives you total control over web activity and allows a proper way to have a flexible, policy-based control over web usage.
In today’s age there are easy and accessible ways to begin integrating wireless technology in the classroom that can help special needs students grow and learn in unique and personalized ways. If your school is considering implementing a wireless device program of some kind, we are here to help. We have worked with schools all over the country to bring mobility into the classroom. Just contact us here with any questions or for a free consultation. We are always happy to help!