Inspiring Education supports a vision of success for every student in an inclusive education system. Achieving this vision requires focusing on the learner, and leveraging technology to support the creation and sharing of knowledge. In today’s classrooms, a wide range of technologies are also creating new options for differentiated instruction and for the inclusion of students with disabilities.
The use of technologies can increase teachers’ capacity to provide support, choice and ﬂexibility to students. It can also directly support the learning of individual students with wide differences in their abilities to see, hear, speak, move, read, write, understand English, attend, organize, engage and remember.
There are numerous ways that technology in the classroom can be leveraged to address diverse learning needs. To do this efﬁciently and effectively requires careful selection, purposeful planning and thoughtful implementation. Not all technologies are equally useful, either for individual students or for educational purposes in general.
The information on this site is for teachers, learning coaches, and others who want to know more about how educational and assistive technologies can support students in their classrooms, by addressing questions such as:
- How can different technologies support student learning?
- What types of learning tasks can these technologies support?
- Which particular students would especially benefit?
- How do I choose the right technology?
- What do I need to consider in my instructional planning?
- How do I monitor and assess effectiveness of the technologies?
- What does the research say?
Using Technologies to Support Diverse Learning Needs
In today’s learning environments, a wide range of technologies are creating new options for differentiating instruction and supporting the participation of all students, including students with disabilities. Students and school staff in an Alberta K-6 school discuss the importance of providing students with the technology tools they need in order to be successful learners.
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This learning guide is designed for use by Professional Learning Communities, learning coaches and teacher leaders or as a self-paced study to enhance and support teacher practice in learning more about how learning technologies can support student success.
“Our challenge is to think differently about addressing learner diversity and ensure that learning is accessible to ALL students.”