|Shannon Dudley (Special Education teacher- Mod/Severe) and Allen Brooks (General Education teacher-Technology )|
San Elijo Middle School
At any given moment, you can be sure to see technology in action in Shannon Dudley's classroom supporting students with moderate-severe disabilities! Students are immersed in technology from everything from augmentative & alternative communication for students who are non-verbal to SMART board technology for lessons.
VIDEO: Sierra (student in Mrs. Dudley's classroom) and Advanced Technology students work with the SMART table
One of the many highlights in the class is the peer collaboration between 8th grade general education students in the Advanced Technology class headed by teacher Allen Brooks. For the past 4 years, Mr. Brooks and Mrs. Dudley have cultivated a collaborative working environment that brings students from a mod-severe environment together with their gen ed peers via technology.
|Students in the Advanced Technology class creating programs for the Smart board and Smart table|
The general education 8th graders in Advanced Technology class have been working with Shannon's class since September. They first came in to observe, meet kids, talk with them, make connections. Following that, Shannon came and talked to the technology class about the needs and individual strengths of the students.
Last year, Shannon and Allen received a SMART Table for Shannon's class to create and use activities that were motivating and more individualized to the needs of Shannon's students.Their semester assignment is to create, trial (beta phase), and implement programs and activities for Shannon's SMART board & table using SMART software to create programs. Their design was based off particular subjects, then slowly catered to individual student's interests: such as a love for french fries, text size specific to student's fine motor, placement of material on the screen, color/background for vision differences, and even large, hard hitting selections for student's with higher degree of sensory needs.