Ottumwa Students Interact with Assistive Technology & Room21C

MARCH 8 – Brittany Stober’s special education class from Ottumwa High School was one of the first student groups to utilize the 21st Century Classroom (Room21C) in the Ottumwa office. The students participated using technologies in Room21C with AEA and Ottumwa High School staff.

During the planning phases before the students arrived the AEA staff focused on the 4C’s: communication, collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking. The Iowa Core Standards were used as the activities were developed for the students with an emphasis on literacy.

Standard: Writing Standards 6–12


Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach, focusing on addressing what is most significant for a specific purpose and audience. (Editing for conventions should demonstrate command of Language standards 1–3 up to and including grades 9–10.)

The  All Turn It Spinner with a switch was used to get into groups.  One of the activities used the Spheros demonstration set (available for checkout) and the iPad app draw and drive. The writing activity was to write a sentence about the tech room on the wall as well as type a sentence on the laptop using a key guard. The students read a book on the TarHeel Reader site using a switch interface to turn the pages of the book on the screen.

If you are interested in using the Room21C with your students contact Lisa Jacobs.  All of the items used during the lesson are available for checkout through the AEA Media Center.

Thank you to the AEA and Ottumwa High School staff!

  • Sue Kientz, Instructional Technology
  • Teresa Miller, Assistive Technology 
  • Lisa Jacobs, Instructional Technology
  • Ellie Hamilton, Assistive Technology 

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