Inclusion Of The Classroom : Differentiating With Technology

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Inclusion in the Classroom: Differentiating with Technology
Lauren Hagerty
California State University, Northridge
Inclusion in the classroom: Differentiating with technology
President Obama said in his January 2011 State of the Union address, "I want all students to be able to learn from digital textbooks" (State of the Union 2011: President Obama 's Full Speech, 2011). On February 1, 2012, the US Department of Education and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released a downloadable "Digital Textbook Playbook" to "encourage collaboration, accelerate the development of digital textbooks and improve the quality and penetration of digital learning in K-12 public education," (Digital Textbook Playbook, 2012). The federal government has taken a position that technology would be beneficial for the classroom, this is a position that I as a special education teacher take as well.
Diversity in an Inclusive Classroom
Today’s modern classroom is diverse. This creates a number of challenges for teachers who need to create a balance of high standards while meeting the needs of their students. The U.S. Department of Education reported that almost ninety-six percent of general education teachers have students in their classroom with learning disabilities. This report also showed that there are over six million students with disability classifications in the United States (26th Annual Report to Congress on the Implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities…
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