How Can Technology Transform Inclusive Classrooms?

Recent trends show an increasing number of students with disabilities spending a greater percentage of time in general education classrooms. Your specialized training to support students with disabiliteis makes your role as a special educator, AT coordintor, tech coordinator, or UDL speicalist is more critical than ever in supporting general education teachers. 

Resource developed by the SEA and LEA team at CTD led by American Institutes for Research. 

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How Can Technology Transform Inclusive Classrooms?

Between 1994 and 2013, the percentage of students with disabilities who spent 80 percent or more of the school day in general education classes increased from nearly 32 percent to almost 62 percent.[1]

General Education Teachers Often Feel Unprepared

Ms. Jessica Herrera, a veteran gen ed teacher, notes that, “A lot of my training was for that ‘middle of the road’ kind of kid... I was prepared for the regular ed student.”

In her 13 years as a teacher, Herrera taught some inclusion classes; she said she picked up strategies from working with good special-education teachers.[2]

Who can Provide Critical Support to General Educators in Inclusive Classrooms?

  1. Special Educators

  2. AT Coordinators

  3. Tech Coordinators

  4. UDL Specialists

You complete the puzzle! We won’t get to transformative technology in the classroom without you!

  1. Prepared to teach diverse learners

  2. Able to provide specialized support and strategies on tech integration, personalized learning, and differentiation to gen ed teachers

 

[1] National Center for Education Statistics. (2015). Retrieved from: https://nces.ed.gov/programs/digest/d15/tables/dt15_204.60.asp

[2] Mador, Jackie. (2017). How Teacher Training Hinders Special-Needs Students. The Atlantic. Retrieved from: https://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2017/03/how-teacher-training-hinders-special-needs-students/518286/