Contemporary Technology for the Autism Classroom

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Screenshot 2015-07-16 15.05.13The pace of development and the sheer number of different types of technology, both hardware and software, can be overwhelming to many in the education field. Further, deciding how to implement technology can be confusing. Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) have needs that can often be met with technology, and they may benefit even more from these tools than do students with typical cognitive development. But the enormity of the task of sifting, selecting, and evaluating existing technology with an eye to their application in the autism field can sometimes cause analysis paralysis. In this presentation from the Teaching Students with Autism community, Jeffery Richards, M.Ed. and Chris Karter, M.A. suggested a framework, using the SAMR model, for approaching and utilizing technology in the classroom. The presenters also emphasized the technologies that might be best suited to helping children on the autism spectrum, based on their own experience. Additionally, the presenters touched on some emerging technologies like Eye Tracking Technology, Apple Watch, Microsoft Hollow Lens, and Oculus Rift, and explained how they may affect the future educational landscape for students with ASD.

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Teaching Students with Autism is a professional learning community (PLC) that offers free webinars and online discussions to help educators learn strategies and discover new ideas and resources to support the needs of students with autism, particularly advances in technology that can lead to significant breakthroughs in communication and learning. This is a collaborative community where educators can share information to help support the needs of students with autism.  This program is sponsored by VizZle and STAR Autism Support.

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