Promising Technology Practices for Working with Students with Disabilities, Part 1
Mark H. Leddy, Research in Disabilities Education (RDE), National Science Foundation (NSF), United States ; Tandra Tyler-Wood, University of North Texas, United States ; Barbara Dougherty, University of Mississippi, United States ; Marjorie Darrah, West Virginia University, United States ; Judy Vesel, TERC, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-64-8 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
This two-hour symposium will focus on innovative uses of technology in disabilities education. An overview of current research will be presented at the beginning the symposium. Issues of inclusion, equity, and universal design will be introduced. Activities from four projects that have received funding under the National Science Foundations' Research in Disabilities Initiative will be presented after the overview. The last half of the second hour will be composed of panel-type dialog with the audience featuring future needs and trends in applications and in research. Questions and comments from the audience will be encouraged. The National Science Foundation's Research in Disabilities Education (RDE) program seeks to broaden the participation and achievement of people with disabilities in all fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and associated professional careers. A primary RDE objective is to facilitate the creation and implementation of new STEM learning methods and teaching pedagogy that incorporate universal design learning approaches, resulting in the improved engagement and performance of students with disabilities in STEM coursework and leading to student success in STEM. This presentation will provide an overview of the RDE program, the funded grants that support the development and deployment of innovative technology in science and math classrooms for students with disabilities, and the RDE awards that support teacher preparation and professional development.
Leddy, M.H., Tyler-Wood, T., Dougherty, B., Darrah, M. & Vesel, J. (2008). Promising Technology Practices for Working with Students with Disabilities, Part 1. In K. McFerrin, R. Weber, R. Carlsen & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2008--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 5129-5130). Las Vegas, Nevada, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).