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•	17-25 May 2010 Madrid / Spain

• 17-25 May 2010 Madrid / Spain

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Use of ICT in Special Education

Information and Communication Technology includes a number of technology like mobile technology, blogs, personal web pages, video games, audio… Besides, we can say that ICT is a kind of information technological tools which help to students’ learning in many ways. So, with ICT, students can learn more effectively and they can reach to a larger number of students. Also, ICT can overcome more easily to difficulties in Special Education.

This course is kind of teacher training course which helps to teachers become aware about students’ needs and integrated them to the education with the ICT.

Theoretical and practical information about ICT tools that can be used in class environment will be given for each course day. Different ice-breaker activities are designed in different themes. In the
following areas; 10 in total, each day less than 1 ice crusher activity is planned.

3 teams in 6 categories:

  1. Indoor activities,
  2. Outdoor activities
  3. Project workshops
  4. Music activities
  5. Sports events
  6. Art activities

The pedagogical effects of ICT and the application of these methods to classroom environments will be done interactively with the activities.
Targets

  • Special needs training in information age
  • Auxiliary technologies for students with special education requirements
  • Remote technologies for students with special education requirements
  • ICT policy in special needs education (SEN)

The reference point for this course is the European Framework of reference for key competences for lifelong learning. They will focus on these qualifications throughout the course program. These are;

  • Digital competence,
  • Learn to learn

Enterprise and entrepreneurship.

 

Learning Outcomes:

All the participant will:

  • Get familiar with ICT and SEN
  • Define the role of ICT in special education
  • Analyze the obstacles to learning ICT
  • Discuss the ways of overcoming obstacles
  • Support to inclusive education with ICT
  • Design a lesson plan and activity related to ICT in SEN
  • Get familiar with AT (assistive technologies)
  • Use different teaching methods in classes
  • Provide equal opportunities for all the students
  • Focus on digital competence, entrepreneurship and lean to learn

Objectives of the Course:

  • Defining educational needs and student’s needs
  • Analyzing teaching methods for students who hearing and visually impaired students
  • Getting familiar with distance education
  • Learning digital society
  • Processing main steps of Inclusive Education

Methodology:

  • Preparing lesson plan
  • Focusing on ICT and AT in education, especially in SEN
  • Working in groups cooperatively
  • Using multiple intelligence methods
  • Brainstorming

Target Group:

  • All kind of teachers, trainers, educators, school administrators, etc.

Preparation:

Before the course,

  • A detailed pre-course questionnaire to indicate their level of experience, teaching backgrounds and training will be completed by participants.
  • They will also prepare a presentation to reflect their own teaching method.
  • A closed Facebook group will be created for getting know each other of all participants and to share practical information.

Validation:

  • A course participation certificate will be given to all participants.

DAILY PROGRAM

1st Day

  • Introduction meeting, description of practical arrangements,
    presentation of timetable,
  • Information about the course location.
  • Icebreaker activities, introduction to the course.
  • Role of ICT in SEN
  • Changes in the education system in the age of information
  • Equal opportunities for everyone: digitally involved in people
  • Determination of obstacles to learning in SEN

2nd Day

  • The modern stage of special education needs (SEN) development
  • Implementation of inclusive education
  • Equal opportunities for all: inclusion process
  • Groups of people supported by inclusion
  • Main steps for inclusive education
  • Social approaches to disability issues
  • Obstacles to inclusive education for people with SEN
  • Ways of overcoming obstacles and providing inclusive education
  • Benefits of inclusive education
  • Role of ICT in SEN
  • Supporting Inclusive Education with ICT
  • Benefits of Using ICT in IT
  • Integration of technology into special education: preparing an activity
    and lesson plan

3rd Day

  • Definition, classification and application of assistive technologies
    (AT)
  • International functionality and disability and health classification
  • As a tool for the autonomy of persons with disabilities
  • AT classification
  • Technical, social and psychological aspects of SEN applications
  • Selecting and using the appropriate AT
  • Assistive technologies for education
  • The effect of using IT on SEN
  • AT for the training needs of students with physical disability
  • AT for the education requirements of visually impaired students
  • AT for education needs of hearing impaired students
  • AT for the education needs of language and speech disabled students
  • AT for education needs of students with cognitive impairment
  • AT for training needs of specific learning disabled students

4th day

  • Distance learning: New opportunities for students in SEN
  • Distance education and its role in digital society
  • Benefits of distance education to students
  • Different technologies used to provide the benefits of distance
    education to students
  • Synchronous communication and collaboration tools
  • Asynchronous communication and collaboration tools
  • Distance education for students in school: Approaches to overcoming
  • Accessibility barriers
  • Accessibility barriers to distance education for students
  • Accessibility standards in distance education for students
  • Supporting accessibility standards and students
  • Basic accessibility control techniques in distance education with
    students in distance education

5th day

  • Integration of education: Preparation of activities and activities
  • Integration of technology into special education: Preparing an activity
    and lesson plan
  • Creating a daily plan by area using ICT
  • Visit to a school with ICT

6th day

  • Integration of technology into special education: Preparing an
    activity and lesson plan
  • Integration of education: Preparation of activities and activities
  • ICT Workshop
  • Practical evaluation of skills I

7th day

  • Practical evaluation of Skills II
  • Course quality E-Assessment
  • Completion of E-Surveys for course and participants
  • Completing participant E-Evaluation forms
  • General evaluation
  • Questions and answers
  • Presentation of certificates