Thursday, March 15, 2012

Developing My GAME Plan

Developing My GAME Plan

To achieve the goals set forth in my GAME plan, I plan to customize my instruction to include specific technologies and UDL strategies. I will use data, assistive technology and various online resources. Integrating technology within the curriculum will accommodate the diverse needs of my students and daily challenges that exist with cultural, social, academic, physical and language diversities.

Data, brain-researched theories, literature reviews, collaboration and knowledge of integrating assistance technology tools are needed to successfully execute my GAME plan. According to Dr. Ross, "We need to train ourselves to find ways to use assistive technology." (Laureate, 2010) Modifications such as note-taking assignments using a larger font size and special keyboards that have larger font letters/numbers can incorporated in my plan after reviewing student files, IEP's and other data that addresses disabilities and needed adjustments to the learning environment.

UDL recommends providing flexibility, student choice, and varied options for representations, and student engagement. By structuring goals, methods, materials and assessments, learners "can assess their own learning needs, monitor their own progress, and regulate and sustain their interest, effort, and persistence during a learning task." (Cennamo, 2009)

Cennamo, K., Ross, J. & Ertmer, P. (2009). Technology integration for meaningful classroom use: A standards-based approach. (Laureate Education, Inc., Custom ed.). Belmont, CA: Wadsworth, Cengage Learning

Laureate Education, Inc. (Producer). (2010). Meeting students' needs with technology, part one [Video webcast]. Retrieved from


  1. Cathy,
    Does your school provide a lot of assistive technologies? If you need something are they willing to purchase it for you? There are so many new resources available, educators can find practically anything they need to help there students. Our school has five amplification systems that have headset microphones as well as hand microphones. This is a great example of a simple modification that can be made in the classroom.

    Have you been able to attend any conferences for adding technology into your lesson plans? Many schools have a shortage of money so webinars are a great (and free) way to stay up-to-date on new technology resources!

    Allie Holland

  2. Allie,

    Our superintendent's vison of 21st century technology has been instrumental in equipping classrooms with assistive technologies such as activboards, data projectors, activslates lumens, and laptops for certified teachers. Educational reform has endured many budget setbacks that weigh heavily on future needs. Fortunately, my school has built a dynamic collaboration with parents and the community. Our PTSO often purchases needed classroom items that we request. Last year, I was able to order a set of microphone headphones for the computer lab.

    As discussed in previous courses, there are many concerns and politics that we face when advocating changes reflective of the 21st century. One concern that I have as a computer enhancement teacher pertains to receiving adequate training. Upon initially being in this position, I was able to attend training sessions that kept me abreast of new technologies. However, since hiring a few ITS (Instructional Technology Specialists)who visit our schools twice per month, these sessions are no longer available. I am one of two certified teachers serving in an elementary computer lab. Just trying to establish a collaborative network wherein feedback could be shared has been a challenge. Technology is revamping our school systems and ineffective measures will eventually have to be addressed.