Monday, December 21, 2015

Teachers & General Ed Students at San Elijo Middle School (SMUSD) use a SMART board and a SMART table to support students!

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.


  1. teaching with technology, motivates students to learn!

  2. I love how the older students who are advanced in technology are given assignments that have relevance and purpose. Regardless of where these bright students end up in life, they will always remember the students they helped and hopefully give back to that population.

  3. Great to hear how other teachers use the technology to help students with special needs. Good Luck guys!

  4. My friend Allen makes me proud again!

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