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Assistive Technology in the Classroom | Helping Challenged Kids Get the Most from Learning

This page includes a discussion about assistive devices, commonly used technologies, and links to resources.
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Internet 4 Classrooms

Technology Tutorials On Line Page

Tutorials for commercial software as well as WEB 2.0 applications!


GenYES is an innovative program that creates 21st century leaders and learners. GenYES students help teachers use technology in classrooms, supporting effective technology integration school-wide. Fourteen years of research proves GenYES empowers students and changes the way teachers integrate technology in their lessons.

Free Resources from Generation YES

We are happy to provide these resources to help you empower students to improve technology use in their own schools. The resources on this page are all free, based on lessons learned in our years of working with K-12 schools around the world building successful student-centered, student-led technology programs. Please use, print, and share with colleagues. We ask that you not modify them, sell them, remove our name or copyrights, or use parts without attributing us. Other than that, we hope you link to them, download them, share them, and let us know if they were helpful!


by Douglas Rushkoff

From the preface:

"Cyberia is about a very special moment in our recent history -- a moment when anything seemed possible. When an entire subculture -- like a kid at a rave trying virtual reality for the first time -- saw the wild potentials of marrying the latest computer technologies with the most intimately held dreams and the most ancient spiritual truths. It is a moment that predates America Online, twenty million Internet subscribers, Wired magazine, Bill Clinton, and the Information Superhighway. But it is a moment that foresaw a whole lot more."

Read the entire paperback text here!

Video Transfer

Using Windows Movie Maker

Formula for Tech Success!

Be a part of the equation!
Web 2.0 + 1 Caring Educator / among many students = a more interesting and engaging classroom!

Ten Big Ideas for Internet and Technology Use

from Michigan State University
Link to the "10 Big Ideas" outline:

Glogster is proud to present, a NEW addition to the site for all your educational needs! This is just the first step in making education and technology more engaging for educators and students! We will continue to add more and more features and improvements to make sure all your educational needs are fulfilled! Feel free to give us any feed back that you think would make this site better for educators and students.

What is (the original Glogster)

  • Mix graphics, photos, videos, music and text into slick Glogs. Glog yourself every day!
  • Amaze your friends - send others links to your Glogs.
  • Share your profile! - show your creations on MySpace, Facebook, Hi5, Friendster, Bebo or wherever you want.
  • Find new friends by their style
  • Have fun browsing Glogs, comment on other people's Glogs and get inspiration
Sample of student work (a glog) embedded in a wiki:

Be sure to click the play button in the upper right corner of the glog!


Just About Any Academic Subject

A podcast is a brief audio recording (mp3) which is usually done in a series, but may also stand alone. Group the students in your class so that each group is responsible for a portion of the content of a particular chapter or unit. Have them create a script and collect resources (images, links, digital pictures) to be used to reinforce the content.

They will complete the audio portion of the production using Audacity (open source recording, editing software). After they export the recording as an mp3 file, it can be used as a resource along with images to produce a video using Windows Movie Maker or Photo Story.

This is an excellent way to reinforce the key elements of your content and make it useful. You will also add some great tools to your teacher tool kit! Have your kids produce a mini-series and post it on your school web site! E-mail the mp3 files to parents to show them how students are using your course content. Best of luck with your podcasting endeavors!

Go to the Podcasting Links, Tools & Tips page for more details!

PA Academic Standards connection: Researching, writing and producing a short podcast allows students to meet the requirements of a number of standards for Reading, Writing, Speaking, Listening

Content Extension Links

Any Academic Subject

Content Extension Links (CEL) are links to websites which extend the content of the text or unit. They can enhance and reinforce learning and add interest to the basic information presented by the instructor, or written in the text. Students should be given a three column table to record the URL (web address) of the link, list the type of content available at the web site, and provide a brief description of the site. Student may present their CELs to the class with a guided tour of the web site using a data projector.

Integration Flashpoints (Key Focal Elements): technology, research, curriculum enhancement. critical evaluation of resources, writing, public speaking, presentation skills