Assistive Technology In Education

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Assistive Technology (AT) is technology that assists people of all ages with disabilities to be able to communicate, have mobility, and to help improve physical and mental activities that are difficult to perform on a daily basis. Technology is a great equalizer for individuals with disabilities to have full participation in which may otherwise be difficult to accomplish. Assistive technology in education is a tool/tools used in a classroom to help students have solutions that are accommodating to physical sensory or cognitive impairments. When technology is applied for a classroom, technology has a wide variety of instruments that are helpful. Technology can be any piece of equipment, service or product system acquired that is modified or …show more content…
Some of the most common disabilities are speech and language impairments, including intellectual disabilities to emotional disorders and hearing/vision impairments that are mostly observed in a classroom. Some students suffer from mild to severe cognitive issues to physical and sensory disabilities. This is why a wide range of different types of technology is used in a classroom. It is generally thought that computers, electronics, hardware, software and mechanical devices are mainly used for AT but it consists of much more. For example, low-tech assistive technology includes of the pencil grips, graph paper, highlighting pens, planners, digital clocks, calculators, computers, dictionaries, and spell checkers just to name a few. There also is mid to high-tech assistive technology like digital recorders, talking calculators, portable keyboards, reading systems that use a computer, software to read scanned book pages out loud, Global Positioning System (GPS), smartphones, cellular phones, iPods, MP3 players and many …show more content…
There are three primary brain networks that come into play. 1). Recognition network, the what of learning, it’s the way we gather facts, categorize what we see, hear, and read, for example; identifying letters and sounds. 2) Strategic networks, the how of learning, planning and performing tasks. How we organize and demonstrate what we have learned. 3) Affective networks, the why of learning, how learners stay engaged and motivated in the lesson. Follow this link for more information

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