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Student Teacher Coordinator 
Programs for Exceptional Children 
Department of Educational Psychology
College of Education
Wardlaw Building - Room 235-D 
University of South Carolina 
Columbia, SC 29208 
803-777-2824 (fax)

    This spring I will be teaching EDEX 794: Mainstreaming Exceptional Children in the general education classroom. My plan is to use this technology class to explore ways in which I can incorporate technology into EDEX 794. The World Wide Web will be my source to research various aspects of inclusion.     The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) mandates that children with disabilities be educated to the greatest extent possible with their non-disabled peers.  IDEA generated a greater demand for disabled students to spend more time in the general education environment.  The University of South Carolina provides this course to inform teachers of the issues involved in meeting the unique needs of children as members of a general education class.  This graduate course is designed to prepare teachers in both effective teaching methods and collaboration to merge the expertise of both general and special education teachers.  Upon completion of this course, all teachers, should have an understanding of academic and social demands made on children in the general education environment.  As educators, we need to examine best practices in teaching all of our students.


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Instructional Software

    There is a variety of software that will increase the success rate of students with problems processing written language.  One program, textHELP!, is designed to assist both beginning writers and professionals.   It is a vocabulary support program that talks, types, checks spellings, corrects mistakes, predicts text and more.  The software customized to include vocabulary appropriate for children in elementary school or adults in the legal profession.  This program assists many persons who have difficulites in processing language.  The software operates within any Windows application:  word processing, spreadsheets, databases, desktop publishing, e-mail, or the Internet.

    The GATE is another instructional CD that depicts individuals with needs using assistive technology.  This software includes a wide variety of assitive technology for persons throughout the lifespan.

 Hyper Studio

    Hyper Studio is a multimedia software in which students (or teachers) can create a product called stacks that consist of a series of frames or cards.  These cards can be developed from either a variety of templates or student generated designs using both visuals and sounds.

Power Point

    Power Point is a multimedia software in which students or teachers can create presentations from predesigned templates.  I will be using Power Point slides to support lectures for EDEX 794.

    The secret of education lies in respecting the pupil.

                                                  Ralph Waldo Emerson 

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