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CEP 882, Summer 2009

Technology and Literacy for Students with Mild Disabilities

Professor Cynthia Okolo (Okolo@msu.edu)


This course will examine the use of technology to meet the needs of students who face challenges reading and comprehending text. We will examine ways in which technology can be used to support students’ literacy acquisition and to improve their performance and independence as they read and write. We will consider students with literacy difficulties and students with mild disabilities (such as learning disabilities), and will examine technology applications that can be used in the general education classroom.

Course topics include:

-Challenges of students with readings and learning difficulties in literacy

-Technology tools for literacy learning

Basic skills software
Digital text (e-books, text to speech tools)
Writing tools (e.g., word prediction, concept mapping)
Hand-held tools (e.g., Reading Pen)
Comprehensive curricula (e.g., Read 180)

- Matching students with technology

-Evaluating the impact of technology

This three-credit course will be offered June 14-July 31. Participants will examine a variety of technology-based applications online, choose applications that are relevant for the students they teach, and create a technology and literacy plan.