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Tech Trends In Special Education

Students with disabilities can greatly benefit from technology. Below you find resources showing how technology can empower students with disabilities. Focus will be on google classroom, gamification, and mind mapping.

Using Technology to Empower Students With Special Needs

One of the biggest problems I encounter as a resource room teacher is the self-esteem of the students in my classes. After years of disappointing academic experiences, their confidence is low and their motivation has declined. Combine those points with the peer pressure, bullying, and stresses of middle school, and the students do not have a positive outlook on their education.

G Suite for Special Education | Google Teacher Tribe Podcast Episode 4 with Carrie Baughcum | Shake Up Learning

In this episode, Matt and I interview Carrie Baughcum, a special education teacher from Illinois, who share her favorite Google tips, how she gamifies her class–Star Wars style, and a fabulous lesson plan! We also have some Google news and updates to share, and some great resources from our blogs.

Bright Ideas #1: Using Google Calendar as an Assignment Notebook • Heck Awesome

Google calendar is a fantastic tool students, parents and teachers can to organize and manage their day and their assignments.

Let’s Play: Steps to Gamifying Your Classroom • Heck Awesome

We are leveling up and getting our game on! See what my class is up to this year and learn the steps and to gamifying your own classroom!

Managing Dyslexia with Gamification - The Edvocate

Gamification is a trend on a constant rise in education, owing primarily to its powerful positive influence on students’ engagement and motivation. To date, the trend has been mostly applied to university education, while it remains stigmatized in K-12 classrooms where the idea of using game-based methods in a context that is otherwise preferably associated with discipline and non-disruptive behaviors is strongly resisted by traditional educators.

MathTech: Gamification for special education

Tips for gamifying a special education classroom, including tech tools for gamification

Mind Mapping for Children with ASD: Uses and Benefits - Focus

What most children with ASD have in common are strong visual skills, which is why mind mapping can often help them comprehend and learn better than...

Using a Mind Map for Reading Comprehension

This reading comprehension lesson focuses on the use of Mind Maps to helps students develop, write and verbalize a deeper understanding of the story.

4 Fun Literacy Activities with Google Docs

Thank you for an excellent webinar on 4 easily replicated literacy activities. I do not work in a Google environment, as my district has gone to Microsoft OneNote and the Office 365 suite of tools. However, I was pausing the the video and trying out the strategies you were illustrating. With little or no difficulty am able "translate" the activities in Microsoft tools - Word, PowerPoint, and Excel. Good stuff.