Technology Needs in the Special Education Secondary Classroom

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In secondary school settings the use of technology within the special education classroom is lacking. Special education class rooms and resource settings utilize only the basic, out of date technology that has been in use for many years. Typically the only available technology made available to special education or resource settings are the overhead projector, television, and tape recorder. According to the National Longitudinal Transition Study-2 (2009), seventy-five percent of students with disabilities rarely or never use computers. General education classes are more frequently equipped with current technology items such as smart boards, iPads, computers, projectors, write pads, and smart pens. Special education students, like …show more content…
Providing resource classrooms with sufficient technology can help all students learn in a much more productive forum. James Hartley (2007) who is a research professor at Keele University, stated, successful learning requires certain skills. Students cannot successfully obtain the skills they need for learning if they are not presented with the technical tools needed to be successful. Hartley’s article goes on to present the importance of learning reading, spelling, writing, music and thinking through the use of new technology. One of the most interesting points of Hartley’s article was when he pointed out that even preschool students have the use of many technical devices and word processors. It is a harsh reality that we live in a country that will support technology for preschool children and not for children who struggle with disabilities in secondary school. Both parents and teachers need to be proactive in making sure there is funding to make improvements in all secondary settings. One of the most startling facts in research is the realism of the rise in cases of autism spectrum disorders. All Americans either know someone with autism or have a family member with autism. According to Joy F. Xin and Frank X. Sutman (2011) the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated that nationally about one in 100 children suffer from some level of autism. This startling report alone should be
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