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HOW SHOULD I INCLUDE JAIME? Technology strategies for addressing primary-level IEP literacy and numeracy goals in an intermediate classroom

Carol Graham
Consultant, Assistive Technology
SET-BC, Region 1
2260 Victor Street
Victoria BC Canada V8R 4C5
Phone: (250) 595-7511
FAX: (250) 595-7224
E-mail: cgraham@setbc.org

Session Description

This session provides strategies and motivating take-away materials designed to address early learning IEP goals using content from an intermediate classroom with technology such as typical and talking word processors and expanded keyboards.

One of the biggest challenges of inclusion of special needs students is to involve them in meaningful learning activities within a regular classroom setting. As students work with similar content to their peers, they make greater connections to the larger group and have more opportunity to increase background knowledge and create common interests. Technology tools can help to meet a wide range of physical and learning needs of students with disabilities in this setting.

In this session, the presenter will demonstrate motivating and effective activities at the beginning levels of literacy and numeracy using intermediate classroom content. For example, addressing IEP goals of recognizing words as individual units of meaning, left-to-right tracking of letters within words and words within sentences, word recognition skills of beginning sounds and word families, sentence building, number recognition and number matching, beginning concepts of addition and subtraction

Take-away strategies and materials will relate to typical word processors (MSWord, AppleWorks), talking word processors (Write:Outloud, IntelliTalk) and expanded keyboards (IntelliKeys, Discover) in both Windows and Macintosh platforms.

Kid-tested and teacher approved, these strategies pass the 'fun' test and can be adapted to address needs of a wide range of learning challenges.

The Presenter

Carol Graham is currently a Consultant for Assistive Technology for Special Education Technology-British Columbia (SET-BC). She has been a teacher working with students with special needs for over 18 years, and developed a special interest in using technology with her students. Most exciting for her is creating ways for students with disabilities to access curriculum, and she has an ever-growing collection of materials and strategies for using technology in the classroom.

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