15 Ways for Students to Participate in a General Education Classroom Using Technology

Updated: Jun 30

For students with complex support needs, participating in routines and activities in the classroom is an important educational and social goal. With a little creativity and some simple adaptive devices, teachers can create numerous opportunities throughout the day for the student to have an active role in class activities. Here are 15 ways for students to actively participate using different types of technology.


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Single-Message Communicators (e.g., BIGmack Communicator)


1. Greet people

2. Say the Pledge of Allegiance, mission statement, etc.

3. Read a sentence or passage (especially good for repetitive texts)

4. Give directions, transition warning, announcement, etc. to the class

5. Tell a peer to "turn the page" during partner or group reading

6. Use a sequenced communicator (e.g., Step-By-Step) to announce spelling words, tell a knock-knock joke, etc.


Multiple-Message Communicators (e.g., QuickTalker, GoTalk Communication Device, etc.)


7. Choose materials or activities (e.g., tell a partner what color to use for a picture, tell a lab group what substance to test next, etc.) 8. Choose a peer to work with or to have a turn 9. Read a poem or longer selection by pressing number buttons in order


Single switch with connection to computer or power adapter


10. Advance slides in a presentation on request 11. "Click" as directed to operate a computer program while peer partner moves the mouse and/or types 12. Turn lights, music, and other appliances on and off


Low-tech and No-tech options