Virtual Technology: Bringing The World Into The Special Education Classroom

Smedley, Therese M.; Higgins, Kyle
November 2005
Intervention in School & Clinic;Nov2005, Vol. 41 Issue 2, p114
Academic Journal
The article discusses certain formats of educational technology, describes its advantages and disadvantages, and provides a step-by-step guide to create a virtual field trip for teaching and learning. Educational technology has made great advances in the last two decades. As technology advances, so does the potential it holds for education. Special education is making use of these new developments in a variety of ways. Computer innovations such as enlarged text, spell checking, and text-to-speech are examples of accommodations that are helpful for students with disabilities. Technology-based applications give students access to worlds and environments that are inaccessible, too expensive, or too dangerous in a classroom setting; enable students with disabilities to experience laboratories and field trips at their own pace; and allow them to repeat the experience as many times as necessary. A broad definition of virtual reality includes a text- and graphics-based environment that is simulated by a computer.


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