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Gse 550 educational technology wendy davies

Incorporating Traditional Tools with New Technology:The Reaction of Computer Generated Organizers for students with Special Needs

GSE 550

Educational Technology

Wendy Davies

Times have changed have you

Times have changed…have you?



  • Technologyischanging the way in whichweeducateour students

  • Teachers need to change the way they instruct with these advancements

  • Technology is an asset for the future

Special needs students

Special Needs Students

  • Different learning profiles

  • More computer savvy than led on

  • How do we as teachers create the best learning environment?

Educational significance

Educational Significance

  • Technology is here to stay!

  • Mixing old with the new

  • No need to reinvent the wheel but to renovate!

Personal interest

Personal Interest

  • Resource teacher

  • Concept mapping with my students

  • Interest in Ausubel`s theory meaningful learning

Research questions

Research Questions

  • What are the benefits to using technology in the classroom with SN students?

  • What are the students reactions in using technology?

  • What are the reactions of using Computer Generated Organizers as opposed to hand-written graphic organizers for students with SN?

Technological tools

Technological Tools

  • Cmap

  • Computer-generated Atlas

  • Others include Frayer model, cycle diagrams, etc.

    All can be created for free online

History of visual organizers

History of Visual Organizers

  • Ausubels theory of learning (1960`s)

  • Novak`s introduction of concept maps

  • A versatile tool for many reasons

A classroom tool

A Classroom Tool

  • Facilitates the learning process, it is

    “the use of lines, arrows, and a spatial arrangement that describe text content, structure, and key conceptual relationships” (Darch & Eaves, 1986)

  • Holistic perspective of the unit

Computer generated organizers cgo

Computer Generated Organizers (CGO)

  • "The repetition of using the graphic organizer and software helps to get the information processed into my head" (Boon, Fore & Rasheed, 2007).

  • Using CGO, students essays were well planned out and more organized.

  • CGO improved both the quantity and quality of the work being produced by students with SN.

Computer generated organizers cgo1

Computer Generated Organizers (CGO)

  • After using CGO`s, 89% said they felt it was an effective tool for them.

  • Students used CGO`s but also incorporated pictures off the internet to go with each step instruction for their recipe



  • Students were positive about the idea of using technology

  • CGO`s increased motivation and self-efficacy

  • In the case of CGO`s, felt more confident in their own work

  • Students felt CGO`s were an effective tool for them after using them



  • Small sample sizes

  • Technology is new and innovative. This could have sparked students interests for better results

  • Other unknown factors could have played a part

Future research

Future Research

  • The topic of CGO`s has not been studied extensively, yet it is a tool that is available to our students for free. More research needs to look at how to incorporate them into the leanring environment.



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