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Assistive technology

  1. 1. INCORPORATING TECHNOLOGY TO AID STUDENTS IN THEIR EDUCATION AND LEARNING Assistive Technology for Students with Special Needs
  2. 2. Something to Build On <ul><li>In order to begin the process of helping students with special needs, the teacher, parents, and students must have an understanding of what methods and technologies will best fit the needs of the student. </li></ul><ul><li>An IEP, individualized education program, is developed to identify the areas a student needs the most help. The IEP creates goals and achievement marks for the student to strive towards in order to ensure a proper and fair education. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Who Do Educators Need to Help? <ul><li>Students with an IEP may include the following students with: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Learning disabilities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Emotional Behavior Disorders </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Autism </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hearing impairments </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Where Can We Help? <ul><li>Technology can be used to assist students in the following areas: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Organization </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Note taking </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Writing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Academic Productivity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Access to Reference/General Education Materials </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cognitive Assistance </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. How Can We Help? <ul><li>Hearing Assistive Technologies are available for those students who have some type of hearing impairment. </li></ul><ul><li>Two examples are: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Infrared Systems: sound from the TV is transmitted to the hearing receiver using infrared light waves. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Induction Loop Systems: use a permanently installed wire that a teacher can plug a microphone to, which then allows the student/listener to adjust their hearing aid to the appropriate setting in order to listen to the lesson/speaker. </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. How Can We Help? (cont.) <ul><li>For students that are more prone to ADHD, more interactive means of education may be beneficial to help engage the students more consistently. </li></ul><ul><li>Some available resources are: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Touchscreen/Tablets: these resources allow students to view a screen that allows the user to touch the screen and select different icons and options. The teacher, using the appropriate software, would be able to provide the lesson for the students via this device. </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. How Can We Help? (cont.) <ul><li>For those students who need help in the varying areas, whether it be organization or writing, there are ways to assist them. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Videotaped sessions could be available for students who are unable to attend for an extended period of time. This would be beneficial for students in the area of note taking. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>For helping students with academic productivity there are a variety of ways to help such as graphic software, PDAs, email, and instant messaging. </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Sources <ul><li>ASHA - http://www.asha.org/public/hearing/treatment/assist_tech.htm </li></ul><ul><li>Tablets/Touchscreens - http://abilitynet.wetpaint.com/page/Touchscreens+and+Tablet+PCs </li></ul><ul><li>Assistive Technology - http://www.ericdigests.org/2003-1/assistive.htm </li></ul>

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