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Empowering K-5 Students With Autism With Instructional Technology

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Pre-registration required

Explore and create : BYOD

Tuesday, June 25, 3:15–4:15 pm
Location: 115B

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
Skill level: Beginner
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
Grade level: PK-5
Subject area: Special education, STEM/STEAM
ISTE Standards: For Coaches:
Digital Age Learning Environments
  • Select, evaluate and facilitate the use of adaptive and assistive technologies to support student learning.
Teaching, Learning and Assessments
  • Coach teachers in and model design and implementation of technology-enhanced learning experiences using a variety of research-based, learner-centered instructional strategies and assessment tools to address the diverse needs and interests of all students.
For Educators:
  • Use technology to create, adapt and personalize learning experiences that foster independent learning and accommodate learner differences and needs.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

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
Mouse/tracking 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.

Offline Options:
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)

Supporting research

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.

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.

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.

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Jennifer Foxe, 75Q255 NYCDOE
Yubis Lopez, P255Q

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