Empowering K-5 Students With Autism With Instructional Technology
Explore and create : BYOD
Tuesday, June 25, 3:15–4:15 pm
Jennifer Foxe Yubis Lopez
Student engagement and focus is a huge challenge for the K-5 autism teacher. Technological innovations have provided us with tools that offer multiple points of learning for our students. We will share our experience of the tools we have found most effective in our classrooms.
|Audience:||Coaches, Teachers, Technology coordinators/facilitators|
|Attendee devices:||Devices useful|
|Attendee device specification:||Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
|Participant accounts, software and other materials:||Useful but not necessary: Updated Version of Office 2016|
|Focus:||Digital age teaching & learning|
|Topic:||Special populations/assistive and adaptive technologies|
|Subject area:||Special education, STEM/STEAM|
|ISTE Standards:||For Coaches:
Digital Age Learning Environments
Purpose: to share innovative resources with other coaches and special educators that have proven effective in increasing student engagement and productivity in the self-contained K-5 autism classroom.
Objective: to facilitate fellow special educators to provide multiple points of entry and creative means of communication for students with significant cognitive, social and/or behavioral challenges.
- To provide ideas for use on all operating platforms that will differentiate STEM activities for the alternatively assessed autism student.
Who We Are (5 mins)
Our Classrooms and Student Populations - Help, these kids don't listen!
A few stats (3 mins)
'But that won't work with my kids': (12 mins)
Common Challenges and some Solutions
Fine motor skills
Focusing (making connections)
Low frustration level:
Staff - fear of Tech
Accessibility Options: (10 mins)
Guided Access and Apple Classroom
Google Add-ons: Highlighter options, BeeLine Reader
Microsoft Immersive Reader - Line Focus, Picture Support
A Few of our Favorite Things: (20 mins)
Online Options: - some available offline (a brief - 1-2 minute description of each free or low-cost software and how it is applicable in our classrooms. Majorly 'wow!' features will be given extra time as well as examples of successful projects in our classrooms, including digital citizenship education and how that can be differentiated for our students who frequently have a limited sense of danger. Attendees will be invited to experience samples of our student activities utilizing various platforms and software on their own devices and/or on the front of room panel.
Coding - it's visual - it's orderly - of course we can do it!
Basic Makerspaces - encouraging building and design
Questions and deep dive (8 mins)
Wrap Up (2mins)
Guldberg, K., Parsons, S., Porayska, P. K., & Keay, B. W. (2017). Challenging the knowledge-transfer orthodoxy: Knowledge co-construction in technology-enhanced learning for children with autism. British Educational Research Journal, 43(2), 394–413. https://doi.org/10.1002/berj.3275
Parsons, S., Guldberg, K., Porayska-Pomsta, K., & Lee, R. (2015). Digital stories as a method for evidence-based practice and knowledge co-creation in technology-enhanced learning for children with autism. International Journal of Research & Method in Education, 38(3), 247–271. https://doi.org/10.1080/1743727X.2015.1019852
Santos, M., Breda, A., & Almeida, A. (2017). Design approach of mathematics learning activities in a digital environment for children with autism spectrum disorders. Educational Technology Research & Development, 65(5), 1305–1323. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11423-017-9525-2