Think Outside the Box: Technology and Disabled Students

This past year, I worked as a teacher in a severely/moderate handicapped classroom at a local high school. This article based on my own experience may provide you with some ideas on providing similar students with opportunities in technology.

I was responsible for seven students and four aides. Four of the students were in wheel chairs and the others were able to walk on their own. The class had been through more than eight teachers in the previous six months and much of the technology that was in the classroom was either lost, unused, or hidden away.

Because of the costs and time-commitment to obtain additional state credentialing, my stay in the classroom was only from January until July. Still, the impact of the changes was impressive and of value for the students and families involved. Here is a list of some of the ways I was able to integrate technology into the classroom in such a short time:

  • Classroom Website
  • Sensory Room
  • Low Tech
  • Class Play with PowerPoint