Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Free ZAC Browser: A Safe Place for Autistic Children Online

I loaded up a desktop computer yesterday that had been in an elementary special education classroom for use with an autistic child this spring. We had been experimenting with Intellitools Classroom Suite and with a program the speech pathologist had put on.
As I entered the room and saw the student curled up on a bean bag asleep for nap time, I remembered seeing this girl a month and a half ago, watching her clicking anything on the screen and making poor choices on what to do with the computer. I modeled for the assistant how to work with her at the computer and showed some of the activities I had selected for use that would support learning goals. I found a new resource that I wish I would have had this spring that might support this girl and students or children you have that are autistic.

Kate Ahern of Teaching Learners with Multiple Special Needs Blog, had a post on the ZAC (Zone for Autistic Children) web browser. I was very excited to find it and after looking through the ZAC Browser website and watching the video I thought it would be a good tool to pass on. The browser filters out unsafe sites and content, has a unique icon set of buttons to open bookmarked content under videos, games, music and other activities and sites.

I would love to hear what you have to say about it if you download the free beta application and see how it works. I am going to refer this on to our autism department and spend some time with it. I will let you know more as we explore and use it.
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