Technology has wide-reaching potential for students with special needs

special-educationHunched over their iPads, the three seventh-graders took turns reading the document displayed on their screens.

One, Sam Seifert, followed along, while her special education teacher Jessica Waterstreet did the talking — Seifert has difficulty reading on her own. Seated near the center of the table, Blake Hanna recited the words softy, rushing through them quickly. Jacob Voracek, opposite Seifert, took the text more slowly, pronouncing each word with precision and care.

The day's lesson, titled “Ben has good ideas,” focused on Benjamin Franklin and...

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