The words ‘Special Education’ come with baggage. Pejorative baggage, for many – including all of the ten year olds out there who think they’re very sassy and call someone ‘special’ with the sarcasm that only a ten year old can dish out.
Though special education is geared towards children with disabilities, the concept can give pause to those of us who are trying to conceptualize a rapidly evolving learning environment. Special education is defined as ‘specially designed instruction to meet the unique needs of a child with a disability’. In a time when technologies are so rapidly changing and being integrated into our education systems, it might be interesting to take a page from more traditional special education, and imagine how technology can help us create a more individualized learning program for everyone – disability or not.