This article will show you how to accommodate students with Special Needs using InteDashboard.
Classes can be composed of a wide diversity of students. Some students might need a longer time to finish activities or take RATs. Read through this article to learn about two methods of special accommodation for special needs students.
This article contains the following sections:
Method 1: Re-sectioning the class
It would be a good idea to separate your class into sections. As the teacher, you'll be managing 2 dashboards, one for the main group, one for the special-needs group.
You can run the same activity to both sections and extend time-limits or activity durations for the special-needs section.
Here's how it works:
First "re-section" your students.
Separate your students into 2 sections in InteDashboard. One section for the regular group, another for the special-needs group.
Go to the Students tab and click "Organise Students". This will allow editing of students, teams, and sections.
Click "+ Add New Section" to create another section in the course.
Click "+ Add New Team" to create a team in the section.
Drag and drop the student to the new team in the new section. In this case Student Robin Nico will be moved to the special-needs section.
Once all special-needs students are in the other section, click the "Update" button to save changes.
Run the same activity to both sections
Once you have separated your class into sections (In this case, SECTION 1 is the regular group and SECTION 2 the special-needs section), you can go to the dashboards of both sections to start the activity, as per usual.
What will happen:
Every time you create an activity, InteDashboard will create the same activity for both sections.
You'll have different dashboards for each section--meaning you'll have different grades data. You'll have to export them separately and manually combine them.
You can extend the time specifically for the special-needs section by clicking the "Extend Time" button in the dashboard.
Method 2: Setting up a password to give special needs students a head start.
In this method, you won't be needing to create an additional section for students with special needs. This would be helpful in particular if you'd be having the special needs students participate in TRATs with the rest of the class. The idea is to set a password on the IRAT, give it to the special-needs students to give them a head start, and give the password to the rest of the class after a certain amount of time.
Here's how it works:
Adjust the duration and set a password on your IRAT
Proceed on setting up your IRAT & TRAT for the whole class (including the special-needs students). On the "6 Publish" page of the activity set up, do the following:
- Adjust the duration of the activity so that it would accommodate your special-needs students. For example, if you'd be having 30 minutes for the IRAT for the whole class, set the duration to 50 minutes (as shown in the image below). This way, you would have a 20-minute head start for the students with special needs.
- You will also have to set up a password on your IRAT (as shown in the image above) to avoid early access to the other students
- Once you reach the 30-minute mark on your IRAT, give the IRAT password to the rest of the class so they may access the activity as well. Your special-needs students should have made use of the additional 20 minutes (or more, as you see fit) you've given them during this time.
- You can also add or deduct time using the Activity Clock, if necessary before you grant access to the IRAT for the rest of the class. Learn more about running an IRAT and it's dashboard features here.
- Once the IRAT is finished, proceed with your TRAT for the whole class, including your students with special needs.
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