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5 Simple Tech Accommodations for Students with Disabilities

Whether it is on their individualized education program (IEP) or not, I provide accommodations for my students who need them. Here are just a few of the things I do:


Post almost everything on the class Edmodo

Notes, copies, PPTs, links, cool videos...I post them all!  This is a screenshot of my Edmodo page that shows a recent post. 

Some students need to revisit the assignment or the notes at home with their parents (at least lets hope that they do).

You also want to practice universal design of learning so that the individual needs of each student are met.

 
My Edmodo page has any work we have done in class and I also post extra interesting videos or articles we don't have time for in class.

My Edmodo page has any work we have done in class and I also post extra interesting videos or articles we don't have time for in class.

 

I also export anything I do on Nearpod and post that to the Edmodo page as well. It includes the assessment so they can practice at home too.

Nearpod has the option to export your presentations. It even includes any assessment slides so students can practice at home!

Nearpod has the option to export your presentations. It even includes any assessment slides so students can practice at home!


Give them a head start on setup

No but really, they need it. 

While the other students work on bellwork or even before your class begins, set up the technology for them or have them start working on getting everything started as soon as they come in. 

I usually stay with them and walk them through the instructions. This also signals to the rest of the class that only students with my permission should be setting up their devices.


Pair them up with the most tech-savvy student

This does not mean the smartest or most advanced student. You still want to encourage every student to think on their own to be able to learn from the activity. 

For the learning to take place, the tech has to be working smoothly. A student that know the tech well enough can keep that piece of the puzzle in the right place.


Maintain direct communication with parents

I typically give parents a heads up before we use technology too. That way they can make sure the device is charged and that their child knows what to expect beforehand.

Email works best for the parents of my students, but I ind other ways to make sure they get my info.

Using Remind, I send out a text saying, "Parents, we will be using tech devices tomorrow in class. Please make sure your child charges their device and understands class procedures for technology."


Use Join.Me

Join.Me is a free app that lets students view whatever is on your screen on their device. This is EXTREMELY valuable for vision-impaired students. All they need to do is visit the website from their device and enter the code you provide them with. That's it!

 


What accommodations do you make for students with disabilities when it comes to tech? Comment below to share