[R-0089] S6. Social Interactions

Citation: Center on Technology and Disability. (2017). Integrating instructional technology into the early childhood classroom: A framework for inclusive planned activities. Re-published with permission from Family Center on Technology and Disability, Technology Voices June 2013. Retrieved from http://www.ctdinstitute.org/library/2014-10-22/assistive-technology-socialization or enter “Integrating instructional technology into the early childhood classroom: A framework for inclusive planned activities” in your search window.

Abstract: Technology can be used to support differentiation of instruction so that children with a range of abilities and challenges can achieve both academically and behaviorally. Advances in technology require that we re-think how we teach and learn, how we structure our class time and how we provide equitable access to all students. In this resource, Illinois State University professor Howard P. Parette and his colleague Craig Blum describe a framework for selecting and integrating appropriate technology tools into curriculum-based classroom activities.

Integration: The information presented in this resource fits well with content presented in the early childhood courses Child Development; Child, Family and Community; Curriculum Planning and Exploration Activities.

Content Focus: Assistive Technology (AT); Child Development; Child, Family and Community; Curriculum Planning; Differentiation; Equitable Access; Exploration Activities; Inclusion; Technology Integration; Universal Design for Learning (UDL)

Notes: Dr. Parette states that it is important to evaluate a technology tool’s features in the context of the teaching strategy, goal or objective. For instance, is the teacher going to use modeling and prompting? Will the tool enable him or her to do that? When using assistive technology, teachers must connect the use of technology and a specific strategy or objective. Have students use the Center’s powerful Search… feature to create a chart linking technology tools and learning objectives.