The video discusses scaffolding in teaching, explaining that students with complex needs require the same level of support as other students. Scaffolding moves from modeling to guiding to gradual release and finally independence. The video provides an example of scaffolding, starting with the teacher reading out loud and pointing to each word, then guiding the student to read with their inside voice while the teacher points to each word. The gradual release would be the student reading each word with their inside voice, and the independent stage would be the student reviewing the word and pointing to or looking at the word they choose.
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Technology plays a vital role in education by increasing engagement and empowering students to pursue learning in and outside of the classroom. Today, most classrooms are equipped with technology that provides options for ways in which students access the curriculum and express what they know. Some students require assistive technology tools and strategies to reduce barriers to learning. Assistive technology (AT) includes hardware and software designed to provide people with disabilities greater opportunities in both school and community life. The Special Education Technology Center (SETC) provides training, an assistive technology lending library, and consultation services to help connect parents and educators with appropriate assistive technology to support preschool through 12th grade students with disabilities. We provide coaching to districts on the use of accessible technology tools to increase engagement in curriculum and instruction. SETC’s work integrates AT and accessible tech with statewide initiatives, such as Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS). https://specialedtechcenter.com/