Adapting Instruction and Curriculum in the Inclusive Classroom
Technology both supports students with special needs and presents them with problems. For example, whereas transparencies on an overhead projector assist students with hearing impairments, alternatives must be available for students with visual impairments. Computer technology provides options that can enhance the learning of all students in the inclusive classroom although it, too, has limitations. The Companion Website has several charts of accommodations that can be made with and without technology for a wide array of special needs students. The following are some examples of how computer technology can be used to support meaningful social studies learning by special needs students:
- Large print and/or Braille keyboard labels
- Large monitors
- Software to enlarge screen images and to adjust screen colors
- Computers with optical character readers, voice output, and/or Braille screen display printer output
- Assignments and directions in electronic format via e-mail and web pages
- Keyguards, wrist rests, and trackballs
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