Using Technology to Promote Literacy in Students with Disabilities

From KNILT

Introduction

Students with disabilities may have physical and/or mental impairments which can make it more difficult for them to learn to read and write. Most often these students require accommodations or modifications to the learning curriculum in order to be successful. Research tells us that technology used as an accommodation can greatly improve the literacy outcomes in students with disabilities. Although, this is the case, many teachers are still not using all of the available technology to assist these students with



yet teachers are still not using technology in their literacy lessons. Through literature review and personal observation, this is most likely because teachers do not know what technology to incorporate or how to effectively make use of it within their lesson plans. With the recent push for inclusion, many general education teachers are seeing more and more students with IEP's in their classes. General education teachers have not been trained to meet the needs of these particular students, which poses a problem in the classroom for both the teacher and the student. Without a command of literacy, students will struggle with all academic subject areas, therefore it is imperative to provide students with disabilities tools that will assist with their learning.

UNIT 1: Balanced Literacy

OBJECTIVES:

  • Teacher students will be able to describe a balanced literacy approach to teaching
  • Teacher students will be able to explain the importance of a balanced literacy program
  • Teacher students will develop an appreciation for balanced literacy