My question was; how can technology be used by students with autism to help them learn, communicate. and collaborate with others?
Technology can be used effectively to help students with autism communicate, learn, and interact with their peers. One study found that the use of mobile touch devices led to great gains in social skills. communication skills, motivation and attention span for students with autism. The use of tablets allowed them to become active and engaged members of the general education classroom rather than just being passive bystanders. Technology is a great tool for facilitating learning that is student-led and peer-based. Another effective way of communicating that is useful to students of all abilities and grade levels is blogging. Blogging is a great way to get students to write for a variety of purposes in a structured way, while also giving them creative freedom. Teachers who utilize blogging in their classroom will find that it helps them get to know their students better and that it leads to improvement in the writing skills of their students. A significant advantage to blogging is that it can encourage introverted students to share more than they would in verbal classroom discussions. Blogging allows students to take time to organize and articulate their thoughts in a way that isn’t always possible in real-time discussions. It also gives students the opportunity to read what their peers write and provide feedback. The use of virtual worlds also has the advantage of creating a comfortable environment for students who are normally shy and quiet.
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