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Technology and the Diverse Learner

Technology and the Diverse Learner
A Guide to Classroom Practice

May 2004 | 112 pages | Corwin

This book is a featured text in a Canter graduate course, Using Technology to Engage Diverse Learners.

Tap into technology to tap the potential in exceptional children!

Meeting the needs of increasingly diverse students, in the face of ever-broadening standards and requirements, is an overwhelming challenge for today's conscientious teachers.

Luckily, help is available--in the form of exciting new software and devices that can help make every classroom inviting and supportive for every student. Technology and the Diverse Learner is an invaluable, user-friendly guide to understanding and applying these technologies.

Highlights include:

  • A summary of the latest technologies and the learners who will benefit most from each type
  • Chapter-by-chapter guiding questions and "For Further Application" sections that facilitate understanding and implementation
  • Straightforward discussion of the standards and guidelines for teaching diverse learners
  • Special focus on issues related to disabilities, gender, culture, and language

The strategies and examples in this timely handbook provide flexible approaches to integrating innovative technology in the K-12 inclusive classroom. It provides practical information on matching the right technology with the right type of learner to boost satisfaction and success for students and teachers.

About the Authors
1. Looking at Gender, Culture, and Other Diversities in the Classroom: An Overview
Cultural Diversity


Differing Abilities: Exceptional Children

Standards and Guidelines


For Further Application

2. A Closer Look at Diverse Learners
English Language Learners/English as a Second Language Learners

Learners With Physical Disabilities or Impairments

Learners With Cognitive Impairments

Students With Learning Disabilities

Gifted and Talented Students


For Further Application

3. Diverse Learners and Innovative Technologies
Assistive/Adaptive Technologies

Supportive Technologies

Remediation Technologies

Compensatory Technologies

Extension Technologies


For Further Application

4. Curriculum, Technology, and Diverse Learners
Differentiated Instruction: What Is It and How Does It Work?

The Inclusive Classroom: An Overview

Technology and the Individual Education Plan

Cultural Sensitivity, Gender Equity, and the Use of Technology in the Classroom

Using Technology With ELL Students

Gender Equity and the Use of Technology

Using Technology in the Content Areas to Facilitate Instruction With Diverse Learners


For Further Application

Appendix A: Diverse Learners and Technologies
Appendix B: Diverse Learners and Instructional Strategies
References and Suggested Readings

Technology and the Diverse Learner provides a substantial amount of information in an easy-to-read format, which is important since so many books on this subject use an extensive array of technical terms that are often confusing and impossible to apply in everyday practice.

Julie Box, National Board Certified Teacher
Colbert County School District, Mussel Shoals, CA

"This book would be valuable to any science teacher or educator who teaches a diverse population of students, including inclusion students. It is a valuable tool for the general educator, whether a 'techie' or a novice at new technologies; it is a source of creative ideas that provide and overview of different technologies that can be used with specific learners."

Science Scope, September 2005
National Science Teachers Association

Adopted as supplemental text

Dr Daryl Ann Borel
Educational Leadership, Lamar University
August 9, 2012
Key features
  • Excellent resource for general education teachers struggling with both inclusion and assistive/adaptive technologies

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