Assistive Technology Assignment for ED505
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Technology and Education
The Technology-Related Assistance Act for Individuals with Disabilities
Reauthorization of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
When considering AT for individuals with hearing impairment, I did a little research before consulting one of my two deaf cousins to see ask his pick for the AT device that he would not want to be without. I was surprised at his answer. Though he notes that computer technology in general has greatly changed his life, his top pick is the web cam. The web cam allows Josh to more actively communicate with family, particularly his deaf sister, even though they live in different areas. Josh is currently and educator of deaf children and states that he often incorporates web cams into his lessons for projects and for communication with other schools. The following short video gives a quick view of how Josh’s alma mater, Gallaudet University, is using technology, particularly web cams, for assistive technology in instruction.
“Literacy—the ability to read and write—is vital to a successful education, career, and quality of life in today's world. Whether in the form of curling up with a good book, jotting down a phone number, making a shopping list, or writing a report, being literate means participating effectively at home and in society.
Although learning to read and write in traditional ways may not be possible when you cannot see print on a page, there are many other paths to becoming literate. Learning to read and write in braille can make a dramatic difference in the life of a visually impaired child or adult.”
-American Foundation for the Blind
A braille writer (brailler) is just one of the AT devices that is being used in classrooms across the United States to help visually impaired students be successful in a school setting.
Check out the Mountbatten Brailler
Or the Perkins Brailler- Next Generation
This video provides a great, real life example of how assistive technology is being used to help visually impaired students be successful in the classroom.
On a daily basis I incorporate a variety of assistive technologies for my students with learning disabilities. One of the technologies that was recommended in my research and is possibly the most utilized in my classroom, is a voice recording app (dictation recording app) for the iPad. This “new” technology has replaced old school tape recorders.
Those students who have difficulty keeping up when taking notes, who are auditory learners, or who are struggling readers, can replay the lesson as many times as needed to gain the information that they need. This can also be a great study tool when preparing for assessments.
These videos provides a great, real life example of how assistive technology is being used to help students be successful in life and in the classroom.
For another great video check out the following link. I highly recommend watching this video!!! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rXxdxck8Gic&index=4&list=PLaiuoZtb7CwcNKkAPTvDcjGf9nXTdacdB
FCTDvideo (2012, December 10). Assistive Technology in Action [Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xMHuWGUEu2M&index=1&list=PLaiuoZtb7CwcNKkAPT vDcjGf9nXTdacdB.
National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders . (December 2011). Assistive Devices for People with Hearing, Voice, Language, or Speech Disorders . In National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders. Retrieved August 27, 2014, from http://www.nidcd.nih.gov/health/hearing/Pages/Assistive-Devices.aspx.
PacerCenter. (2010, November 12). Understanding Assistive Technology: Simply Said [Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DB9pKkZoJDc.
PBS Parents. (n.d.). Assistive Technology. In PBS Parents: Education. Retrieved August 27, 2014, from http://www.pbs.org/parents/education/learning-disabilities/strategies-for- learning- disabilities/assistive-technology/.
Roblyer, M., & Doering, A. (2013). Teaching and Learning with Technology in Special Education. In Integrating Educational Technology into Teaching: International Edition (6th ed.). Upper saddle river: Pearson.