I agree that there has to be staff development for teachers. I also strongly feel that our students will need training also. I am teaching 6th grade reading. the new curriculum has technology embedded in most assignments. Many of them don't have skills either to complete a rearch based assessment.
I have learned many ways to integrate technology into lessons this past year. Having access to a portable promethean board has greatly increased use of technology within daily lessons. Creating lessons for small groups of students with IEP’s provides more opportunities to interact and become actively involved in the lesson. Their interest level rises as they have opportunities to interact with the promethean board. Sometimes I teach a lesson to a small group in the general ed. classroom using the portable promethean board while the classroom teacher teaches the same lesson using the larger classroom size promethean board. Although the same lesson is being presented, there is more opportunity for student interaction with the promethean board which really helps them focus and learn. I really appreciate having the opportunity to spend time looking at all the data bases on the Baltimore County website. There are so many interactive tools that are available. I plan to use more of the Tumble Books, which should be a great resource for IEP kids with reading difficulties. I especially enjoyed browsing through the National Library of Virtual Manipulatives. What a great way to show place value, fractions, and graphing. It was interesting to read the article, The Role of Technology in UDL and how David Rose described the 3 principals for the seed lesson. There were many parts of the lesson that we as teachers do regularly but are strongly supported as “low tech” for UDL. The Future is in the Margins article explained from a scientific viewpoint how differently each person’s brain is wired. Knowing how the brain modulates information in different ways further justifies how information needs to presented in different ways in order to reach all students.