Technology for Children & Youth with Disabilities
In This Issue
Changing the Face of Science Education in the Classroom with Technology . . . 1
Editor’s Note . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Videostreaming – A Whole New Way to Use Video in the Classroom . . . . . . 6
Brookfield Zoo Uses Technology to Help Chicago Public School Students with Disabilities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 BrainPop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Changing the Face of Science Education in the Classroom with Technology By Brian S. Friedlander, Ph.D.
I have always been intrigued and have had a keen interest in Science, ever since I can remember. While it has been more years, than I care to confess since I was in elementary school, I can still remember some of the experiments that my teachers did in front of the class to highlight a scientific concept or idea. Having had the experience of viewing the lab reinforced the idea and made learning more fun. Now, if we had only had the opportunity to do the lab at our desks. Having the opportunity to do hands on experiments and labs should be the cornerstone of any Science classroom. A lot has changed since I have been in elementary school and science curriculums have evolved to include many more hands on opportunities for students to observe, collect data and analyze the results. When looking at Science curriculums across the United States many now include that students will have the opportunity to collect, gather, hypothesize, graph and analyze the results of their experiments. Not only are students asked to make sense out of the data that they have collected, but many curriculums have also stressed the need to integrate technology into the equation.
Neo is New . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 ClozePro – Filling in All the Gaps . . . . 11
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It never ceases to amaze me just how fast time seems to be going? I was just starting to prepare my schedule for the summer, and it is nearly over. This can only mean that the fall will soon be here, and with that, the start of another school year. For those of us who had the opportunity to attend the National Educational Computer Conference in New Orleans at the end of June, we had the chance to see first hand some new and exciting products that I am certain you will want to use in your classrooms. This was the first time in a number of years that attendance was at an all time high with over 17,000 participants. There was a great deal of excitement about the field of educational technology and its impact on learning, that is taking place in classrooms throughout the United States. There were some very innovative new products shown, as well as some products that we have used for years which have been updated. One of my favorite announcements was from Alphasmart, Inc. – which will shortly release their latest portable note taker called the Neo. Look for more information about this exciting tool in this issue. Likewise, Tom Snyder has released two new programs, which should be of interest, Thinking Reader and Scholastic Keys, which will be reviewed in an upcoming issue of Inclusion Times. Both programs will certainly have a place for the students we work with. Lastly, Crick Software had announced the release of...