The New Assistive Tech, Second Edition: Make Learning Awesome for All! (Paperback)

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The updated edition of this playful yet professional book guides educators in selecting, acquiring and implementing technology to help all students, but particularly those with disabilities.

School districts often struggle to develop consistent practices for meeting the needs of special education students. In the updated edition of this bestselling book, you'll learn how embracing student-centered approaches like project-based learning and growth mindset help support students with disabilities. You'll get guidance on how to plan and execute education experiences using technology centered around students' individual needs. And you'll discover how to effectively and consistently evaluate and select technology supports based on the specific needs of an individual student, while actively including the learner in the technology consideration process.

Building on lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic, this edition also explores ways to support students, especially learners with disabilities, through distance learning, and how adopting personalized learning principles can help facilitate a smooth transition to distance learning.

This revised edition:
  • Includes new content on the necessity and long-term benefits of making educational materials accessible.
  • Offers guidance on expanding practices that are already inclusive, such as increasing the flexibility of learning spaces and establishing gaming and maker clubs.
  • Explains how to conduct and document assessments to help an educational team make informed decisions about technology needs.
  • Assists individuals or teams in creating an action plan for developing a culture of inclusion.
  • Interweaves stories, songs and other features to make learning fun

With his accessible approach and conversational style, Christopher R. Bugaj takes what can sometimes be an intimidating topic and makes it relevant and easy to understand, with examples that illustrate how to reach all learners in every classroom.

Audience: Elementary and secondary educators; education coaches and administrators.

About the Author

Christopher R. Bugaj is a founding member of the Assistive Technology Team for Loudoun County Public Schools in Virginia. Bugaj hosts "The A.T.TIPSCAST," a multiple award-winning podcast featuring strategies to design educational experiences; and he co-hosts "Talking With Tech," featuring interviews and conversations about augmentative and alternative communication. He co‐produces and co‐authors the popular "Night Light Stories" podcast, which features original stories for children of all ages. Bugaj has presented over 300 live or digital sessions at local, regional, national and international events. He has designed and taught online courses for ISTE on the topics of assistive technology and Universal Design for Learning (UDL). In addition to The New Assistive Tech, Bugaj is co-author of Inclusive Learning 365.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781564849809
ISBN-10: 1564849805
Publisher: International Society for Technology in Educa
Publication Date: December 12th, 2023
Pages: 264
Language: English