Lewis Tech Workshop PowerPointPresentation Transcript
Technology for Learning Rob Culp Lewis University
A vision of K-12 Students Today
How can technology help learners? What is educational technology? How can teachers/learners use technology wisely? How can teachers make environmental adaptations to help all learners? How do teams decide what technology students need?
Assistive Technology Definition Assistive or Adaptive Technology commonly refers to "...products, devices or equipment, whether acquired commercially, modified or customized, that are used to maintain, increase or improve the functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities..." Assistive Technology Act of 1998
No-tech: Solutions make use of procedures, services, and existing conditions in the environment without the use of devices or equipment. Example: Using mouth to hold utensils
Low-tech: Support strategies which do not involve any type of electronic or battery operated device - typically low cost, and easy to use equipment. Example: big grip pens,
Mid-tech: Battery operated devices or "simple" electronic devices requiring limited advancements in technology. Example: tape recorder, overhead projector, watches with alarm clocks, calculators, and simple voice output devices.
High-tech: Complex technological support strategies – typically "high" cost equipment. Example: digital cameras; sign language interpreters, and adaptive software such as reader/scanners (reads text that is scanned), computer monitor magnifiers, electric wheelchairs, complex voice output devices.