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Assistive technology

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Assistive technology

  1. 1. Assistive Technology in the Classroom By Stephanie Peet
  2. 2. <ul><li>As educators it is our responsibility to teach to everyone in our classroom; whether they are above average, average, or below average students, students with learning disabilities, students with physical disabilities, or students who speak English as a second language. All students are different, and we have to find the best way to teach to everyone of them. Today, we have more students with learning disabilities and IEP’s in classrooms than ever before. I believe that assistive technology can better equip our classrooms for students who have individual educational plans. Here are some resources that will provide information about various assistive technologies. </li></ul><ul><li>Assistive Technology: any technology that helps people with disabilities perform a task that is usually difficult for them to do with greater ease. </li></ul><ul><li>Individual Educational Plans (IEP’s): a group of individuals including a psychologist, physical therapist, occupational therapist, speech therapist, special educator, vision or hearing specialist, a teacher, and a parent who together come up with the best way to meet the students learning needs. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Assistive Technology and Mild Disabilities <ul><li>This resource gives examples of technologies that help with organization, note taking, writing, academic productivity, access to reference and general educational materials, and cognitive assistance. </li></ul><ul><li>- videotaping, web-cam, e-mail, the internet, optical character recognition software, PDA’s, and portable word processing keyboards </li></ul><ul><li>- grammar and spell-checkers, dictionaries, thesaurus programs, word prediction software, word processors, and multimedia tools </li></ul><ul><li>- hardware based tools, software based tools, calculators, spreadsheets, databases, graphics, and e-books </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.ericdigests.org/2003-1/assistive.htm </li></ul>
  4. 4. Assistive Technology for Hearing <ul><li>They explain that certain situations are challenging for everyone, so they are even more challenging for people who can not hear perfectly. Some of these situations include the distance between the listener and the sound source, competing noise in the environment, and poor room acoustics or reverberation. </li></ul><ul><li>This source gives information about hearing assistive technology systems, otherwise known as HATS. HATS can be used with or without hearing aids to help people with hearing loss. </li></ul>http://www.asha.org/public/hearing/treatment/assist_tech.htm
  5. 5. Touch Screen Panels and AT <ul><li>Before we could talk we could still get what we wanted. When most of us were young kids we just pointed even though we couldn’t put it into words. Touch screens and tablet PCs are the perfect solution for people who struggle with their words. This resource provides information on the different types or touch screens </li></ul><ul><li>- Resistive touch screens are not affected by outside elements but have a lower clarity. </li></ul><ul><li>- Surface wave touch screen panels are affected by outside elements but are the most advanced technology. </li></ul><ul><li>- Capacitive technology has high clarity, is not affected by outside elements, but is only able to use fingers instead of a stylus like the other two. </li></ul><ul><li>http://abilitynet.wetpaint.com/page/Touchscreens+and+Tablet+PCs </li></ul>
  6. 6. Georgia Project for Assistive Technology <ul><li>GPAT sole purpose is to provide resources for teachers and parents to help children with disabilities find assistive technology services. </li></ul><ul><li>GPAT defines the assistive technology, gives examples of various devices, provides legal mandates, gives tips for documenting the need for assistive living, and much more. </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.gpat.org/index.aspx?PageReq=ATMeetings </li></ul>
  7. 7. Assistive Technology for Students with ADHD <ul><li>The Invisible Clock </li></ul><ul><li>- a timer that is worn on a student’s belt that vibrates or beeps when it is time to work on an assignment, take a break or etc. </li></ul><ul><li>The electronic math worksheet software or the talking calculator provide immediate feedback. </li></ul><ul><li>Portable word processors, audio books, and speech recognition programs help with reading and writing. </li></ul><ul><li>Games that can help with attention to certain cues, ignoring distractions, and short-term memory. </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.brighthub.com/education/special/articles/74108.aspx </li></ul>
  8. 8. Assistive Technology for Reading and Writing <ul><li>This source believes electronic readers will help with reading difficulties such as fluency, decoding, comprehension and others. Some examples are Blio, Read: Out Loud, ReadPlease, Microsoft Reader, and etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Tools for writing are portable word processors, spelling/grammar checkers, sentence expansion software, word prediction software, graphic organizers, and speech recognition software. Some recommendations are Franklin Speller, QuikPad, SpeakQ, FreeMind, Writing Fun, and Mac Speak. </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.smartkidswithld.org/guide-to-action/at-tool-kit/high-tech-help-for-reading-and-writing </li></ul>
  9. 9. Resistive Touch screen Invisible Clock Talking Calculator Portable Word Processor E-book www.google.com

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