AT Online: Teaching the Uses of Assistive Technology to Special and General Educators in an Online Setting
Thursday, March 10 10:15 AM-11:15 AM Location: Bellmeade
Abstract: This roundtable discussion will share the structure, strategies, and successes of an Assistive Technology for Special Educators course which was delivered online. Online discussions were used to build a cohesive class community and encourage practical and scholarly discourse on assistive technology (AT). The course used multimedia extensively, in particular online video, which enriched teacher candidates understanding of AT and provided them with opportunities to see these devices used with students. The course text was supplemented with additional content specifically relevant to the pre-service teachers’ practical need and drew from both the national professional community and from the Department of Education in the state in which the students receive certification and become classroom teachers. Those attending the roundtable will be encouraged to share their experiences for teaching AT to special and general education teacher candidates both in face-to-face and in online contexts.