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NCIP Video Profiles


NCIP has produced six video profiles that illustrate how students with disabilities utilize a range of assistive and instructional technologies to improve their learning. They are designed to be used at workshops, trainings and courses. Each video is 10-20 minutes in length and includes print material that can be disseminated and photocopied. Videos are sold individually or as a complete set of 6. The first video ”Successful Science: Technology and Support for Students with Disabilities,” documents a number of elementary school students successful participation in a standards-based science curriculum. The video takes the viewer to classrooms in Cambridge, Massachusetts where technology, media and materials-supported by good instruction-promote student achievement. The video also talks about Project ASSIST and features Judith Heumann, Assistant Secretary of OSERS at the U.S. Department of Education. The second video, ”’Write’ Tools for Angie: Technology for Students who are Visually Impaired,” introduces viewers to a 17 year old girl who is blind and fully included in her high school. The vision specialist who has worked with her offers reflections on how changes in technology for students with visual impairments over the past decade have influenced this student’s school career. The third video, ”Multimedia and More: Help for Students with Learning Disabilities,” introduces a multimedia writing program being utilized at a High School by a student with attention deficit disorder. The teacher who designed the program reflects on the power of multimedia and the factors contributing to the program’s success. The fourth video, ”Welcome to Preschool! Communication with Technology,” takes the viewer to an integrated preschool program where students with disabilities have full access to the typical curriculum through the use of high and low technology tools. The fifth video, ”Jeff With Expression: Writing with Word Prediction Software,” introduces Jeff, a student with severe speech and motor impairments. He successfully uses a laptop computer with word predictions software to work toward more independent writing. The mechanics of word prediction are fully explained. The sixth video, ”Telling Tales in ASL & English: Reading, Writing, and Videotapes,” looks at a literacy program at the Horace Mann School for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. This program allows students to apply their knowledge of American Sign Language to achieving competency in written English.

  • Contributor: National Center to Improve Practice
  • Author's address: National Center to Improve Practice Education Development Center, Inc., P.O. Box 1020 Sewickley, PA 15143-1020 Phone: 800-793-5076 Fax: 412-741-0609 TTY: 617-969-4529

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