Integrating Technology into the Classroom
Special Education Severe Disabilities (K-12)
Ask your mentor teacher or media specialist what types of technology are available in the school and how you go about accessing them. For example, can you check out digital cameras or a projector from the media specialist? Second, read your school’s Acceptable Use Policy and find out if all the students in your class have permission to go online.
Teachers Using Technology in Classrooms
- Create a graphic organizer for a concept in Word or Inspiration. Ask your mentor teacher or the media specialist if Inspiration is available in your school.
- Use a WebQuest that has already been developed to teach a topic.
- If you are lucky enough to be in a classroom with a digital whiteboard, ask your mentor teacher how to use it!
- Create a PowerPoint presentation to teach a topic.
- Use the Internet to look up interesting facts about the subject you are teaching.
Students Using Technology in Classrooms
Have students take pictures using a digital camera. Then print the pictures out and label the pictures. Each student can make his or her own picture book, or the activity can be a class project. The students or the teacher also can put the pictures in PowerPoint or in a Kid Pix slideshow.
Have students use Kid Pix to draw and type about what they are studying in class.
Have students go on a virtual tour of a museum or different countries.
Have students email other students in the same school, city, county, state, or different countries.
Using Kidspiration, develop activities that will correspond to what you are studying at the time.