An experienced educator discusses the value of communication with students in special education through options for classroom practice and educational technology resources.
In 1989, Dr. Wendy Thompson began her career in education focused on young adults with Autism. During the past 26 years, she has taught adolescents with cognitive and physical disabilities while maintaining her focus on engaging students and other educators through the inclusion of technology.
Voki - Voki is a free collection of customizable speaking avatars for teachers and students that enhances classroom instruction, class engagement, and lesson comprehension.
ChatterPix - Chatterpix Kids can make anything talk—pets, friends, doodles, and more.
Snap&Read - Snap&Read is the Next-Generation reading tool that can cover the most diverse reading needs.
Newsela - Newsela is the best way for students to master nonfiction in any subject. By combining real-time assessments with differentiated content from premier daily news sources like the Associated Press, Washington Post, and Scientific American and eminent nonfiction publishers like Smithsonian, The King Center, and Biography.com, Newsela makes reading-to-learn relevant, interesting, and effective regardless of interest or ability.
Book Creator - Book Creator is a simple tool for creating awesome digital books. Create your own teaching resources or have your students take the reins.
Mike Marotta’s Website - A wonderful resource for anyone interested in assistive tech and educational technology.
Effective communication in special ed classrooms - SmartBrief article Dr. Wendy Thompson
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