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Knowing State-of-the-Art Assistive Technology When You See It


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Education professionals are optimistic about additional financial resources that are available under IDEA Part B of the American Recovery Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Investments in “state-of-the art assistive technology and training” are among one recommendation released by the Office of Special Education Programs. There is no single common understanding of “state-of-the-art assistive technology and training” that education professionals turn to in order to define this concept. In order to gain insight within the field, the National Center for Technology Innovation (NCTI) and the Center for Implementing Technology in Education (CITEd) surveyed researchers, developers, implementation specialists, and policy makers to better identify how they conceptualized “state-of-the-art assistive technology and training.” Over 65 key thought leaders responded to this query, providing valuable insight on key elements of innovative assistive technology and training. This session presents these findings so that participants can be well informed when making decisions about assistive technology and training for their students with special needs.

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Knowing State-of-the-Art Assistive Technology When You See It

  1. 1. Knowing State-of-the-Art Assistive Technology When You See It<br />Session RPD-08<br />Cynthia Overton, Ph.D.<br />2010 ATIA ConferenceJanuary 28, 2010Antigua 1/2<br />
  2. 2. Technical assistance center funded by the Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs <br />Promotes technology innovation to support student learning, with an emphasis on students with disabilities<br />Operated by American Institutes for Research in Washington, DC <br />What is NCTI?<br />
  3. 3. <ul><li>Cultivate a collaborative network of AT researchers, developers, and entrepreneurs
  4. 4. Promote innovativeproducts that reach the marketplace
  5. 5. Analyze needs, issues, trends, and promising technology innovation</li></ul>NCTI<br />Objectives<br />
  6. 6. Screenshot of NCTI Home Page<br />
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  8. 8. What is <br />State-of-the-Art <br />AT? <br />
  9. 9. <ul><li>Unleashing the Power of Innovation for Assistive Technology Paper
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  11. 11. NCTI Tech in the Works Competition </li></ul>Approach<br />
  12. 12. NCTI’s Most Recent Publication<br />
  13. 13. Convergence<br />Customizability<br />Evidence-based Research<br />Portability <br />Interoperability <br />Themes<br />
  14. 14. Unleashing the Power of Innovation for AT<br />Convergence<br />
  15. 15. Unleashing the Power of Innovation for AT<br />Customizability<br /><br />
  16. 16. Unleashing the Power of Innovation for AT<br />Evidence-based Research<br />
  17. 17. Unleashing the Power of Innovation for AT<br />Portability<br />
  18. 18. So what used to fit in abuilding…<br />MIT's Stata Center<br />
  19. 19. now fits in yourpocket.<br /><br />What now fits in yourpocket...<br />
  20. 20. will fit inside ablood cell in 25 years.<br />-Ray Kurzweil<br />
  21. 21. Unleashing the Power of Innovation for AT<br />Interoperability<br />
  22. 22. What tool can help you learn more about technology devices that are commercially available?<br />
  23. 23. The TechMatrix is a free online tool that helps consumers identify assistive and learning technologies for students with special needs.<br />The TechMatrix!<br />
  24. 24. Helps you identify the features in a product to support learning<br />Provides a 3rd party review of AT<br />Allows you to compare AT products side-by-side to compare features<br />Offers research to support an AT purchasing decision<br />Why Use the TechMatrix?<br />
  25. 25. Assistive Technology<br />Math<br />Reading <br />Writing<br />Science<br />Search by Subject<br />
  26. 26. <ul><li>Access to electronic references and resources
  27. 27. Access to multiple formats of text, notation, and symbols
  28. 28. Alternate access to computer and peripheral devices (input & output)
  29. 29. Means to create and engage in multimedia products and projects
  30. 30. Means to organize and plan
  31. 31. Opportunities to learn concepts
  32. 32. Practice and reinforcement activities</li></ul>Search by Learning Support<br />
  33. 33. <ul><li>Connection to computer
  34. 34. Cursor control options
  35. 35. Customizable interface
  36. 36. Differentiation
  37. 37. Drafting
  38. 38. Embedded resources</li></ul>and….<br />Search by Feature<br />
  39. 39. <ul><li>Input options
  40. 40. Output options
  41. 41. Text to speech
  42. 42. Text-embedded prompts
  43. 43. Word prediction</li></ul>Search by Feature<br />
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  45. 45. Tech in the Works Competition<br />
  46. 46. <ul><li>Fund quick turnaround collaborative research that informs the development of learning and assistive technologies
  47. 47. Improve educational results for all students, particularly those with disabilities
  48. 48. Fostering new talent – graduate student/vendor teams are encouraged to apply</li></ul>Intent<br />
  49. 49. Teams must consist of at least one researcher and one vendor <br />Up to 4 awards of $20,000 will be made in 2010. <br />Teams must secure matching funds of at least $20,000, which may be in the form of in-kind materials, equipment, or staff (funds cannot be used to purchase hardware or software).<br />For a complete listing of regulations, visit:<br />Important Regulations<br />
  50. 50. Touching the Future with a Spark: How iPod Touches and Studywiz Spark Facilitates the Learning of At-Risk Students<br />Developing Number Sense<br />Look Mom, No Hands: The NIA as an Alternative Computer Interface<br />Enabling More Effective Use of the Web Anywhere with WebAnywhere and TrialBlazer<br />2009 Award Winners<br />
  51. 51. RFP Released: January 7, 2010<br />Letters of Intent Due: March 23, 2010<br />Proposals Due: April 6, 2010<br />Award Announcement: May 4, 2010<br />Preliminary Findings Due:<br /> November 2010 (NCTI Technology Innovators Conference)<br />Final Reports Due: January 28, 2011<br />Important Dates<br />
  52. 52. NCTI2<br />National Center for Technology Innovation<br />Follow NCTI on Facebook and Twitter!<br />