March 2014: Bringing Order to Disorder: Specially Designed Instruction for Specially Designed Learners

As educators, you work with learners who have abilities at every level. Empowering all students (especially those who have special learning needs) with resources to personalize learning, does not have to be a challenge. netTrekker has a wealth of resources to support your entire spectrum of learners that can help to bring order and remove barriers to learning.

Specially Designed Instruction for Specially Designed Learners

According to Kauffman & Hallahan, specially designed instruction is defined as involving intensive, relentless, structured, appropriately paced instruction, in small groups (Kauffman & Hallahan, 2005).

netTrekker is specially designed to support students across the learning spectrum.

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Teacher resources that support different learners

Collections include resources for…


Gifted Learners



Hearing Impairments

Visual Impairments

Learning resources that capture the hearts and minds of these learners

Intensive instruction is supported by the flexible content in netTrekker.

  • With resources in a variety of types and media, students are able to access information in a way they are most likely to learn.Some learners on the Autism spectrum have a strong appetite for pattern and tracking movement.Tip: Refine for Interactive Media, Video or Learning Games
  • Students are able to practice and review what they have learned in many different subject areas due to the depth of netTrekker content across the curriculum.Some gifted learners are unengaged and unmotivated by subjects they aren’t passionate about, limiting their openness to learning.
    Tip: Use cross-curricular searches to tie interests to learning objectives. Ex. Use a fictional story about a girl during the Civil War to develop history fluency.

System supports that bring ownership and efficacy to all learners

Flexible context can be organized and adapted to needs and preferences in many different ways in netTrekker.

  • Supporting relentless instruction includes the ability to group learners together to work on skill building sequences with resourcesMany specially designed learners struggle with having enough time and small enough learning opportunities to build mastery of a topic before it is no longer available in the classroom.
    Tip: Use My Portfolio to build small group curriculum sets that students have access to in the classroom and at home.
  • Having a system designed to enhance educator curation and direction along with learning resources gives learners structure and support.Many ADHD learners need to have all other options removed from their experience to help them focus on the learning moment.
    Tip: Use My Portfolio to gather content for specific objectives only and tie instructions to that content in the folder structure .

  • Tools that tailor resources to the needs of the student and give learners control of the information inputs help to appropriately pace instruction.Students with Dyslexia are often frustrated by text, focusing on decoding information instead of reading for meaning.

    Tip: Use Read Aloud to give students the ability to transfer text to speech with options to control speed, voice and volume and the privacy to replay as many times as needed.

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