Recently, I read “Inclusion in the 21st-century classroom: Differentiating with Technology”, by Bobby Hobgood and Lauren Ormsby. First, the article discussed the use of technology with inclusion students through the use of various digital storytelling, blogs, digital textbooks, moodles, blackboards, and Discovery Education videos, as well as many other resources. Second, Hobgood and Ormsby discussed the elements of good differentiated teaching and how technology can be integrated into it. Then they discussed how different grouping scenarios are most effectively used with technology.
In my own experience, there are many factors to take into account in the inclusion classroom, especially with technology. Usability, readability, behavior and motivation are all factors that I have had to deal with when taking one of my inclusion classes to the computer lab. In inclusion, differentiation is essential, and I will admit that it is has been difficult trying to do this on a paper/book basis. The article makes a good case for using technology to differentiate curriculum.
My questions come from the lack of age group placed on this topic. Is there an age group of an inclusion class that this might be more effective in than others? Are there some inclusion students that that wouldn’t benefit from this?