2010 student intact have been exposed to these tools at home & school throughout their secondary schools
Context aware computing involves a range of technologies to capture context information. These could include for example: accelerometers to interpret movement (eg to convert a display from landscape to portrait depending on orientation); sensors to record heat, light, pressure, humidity; location aware technologies such as GPS; and identification technologies such as RFID
Mainstream hardware can now be AT e.g. note-taker for VI users?
Latest trends in Assistive Technology Solutions. Abi James iansyst
What do we mean by assistive technology? An umbrella term for any device or system that allows individuals to perform tasks they would otherwise be unable to do or increases the ease and safety with which tasks can be performed World Health Organisation
So when does technology become assistive technology?
Personal computing developments since 2006 2010 student intake have been exposed to these tools at home & school
Technology Trends affecting AT Portability & mobile devices Anywhere computing; anywhere internet access
New ways of paying
subscription / app model / free & shareware
Mobiles and full size devices
Key Technology Trends Mainstream 2011-2014 E-books became mainstream during 2009
Use of mobile technology in the real world… Recent survey of 238 users: 17% said their mobile was more important than their computer 85% said their phone had a calendar of which 74% said they used it 62% accessed the internet on their phones Over 78% interacted with text files in someway on their phones
Graduate skills & assistive technology use Assistive technology usage is higher when they receive training on it Assistive technology use needs to be embedded within students coping strategies For disabled students to gain graduate skills they must…. Embed assistive technology within their graduate skills AND understand how to use those skills with the latest technology in the workplace
We can’t tie students to their desks to use their assistive technology when the world is moving on…..
Putting this into the DSA context Assistive technology recommendations and training needs to take account of current & future technology usage – e.g. using literacy support tools when working online Mainstream hardware can now be AT How to we cope with new payment systems: Downloadable apps Web-based subscription services
What are we going to see at the conference? Student support: Integrating assistive technology into study skills support Screening for dyscalculia Access to alternative formats & the Right to Read campaign
What are we going to see at the conference? Mainstream hardware for note taking & computer access Touch screen technology developments in AT Audio and handwriting recordings with Olympus recorders, LiveScribe pen & Audio Notetaker
What are we going to see at the conference? Latest software developments Mind mapping Dolphin software Accessibility outside windows: Apple Mac accessibility including using iPod Touch Reading, organisation and writing support on mobile phones