For Thursday, think about how you might use assistive technology in your classroom. How can it be useful? Who can it support? What questions do you still have about assistive technology?
Assistive Technology should be used in the classroom to help students to meet their academic goals and to participate in a general education setting. Students with disabilities can benefit from using AT by using it to communicate, perform tasks, participate in extra curricular and social activities, access materials, etc. It is important that the student acknowledges that the tool is not a toy and that it is used to benefit the student in meeting their academic goals. When trying to decide whether or not a student with disabilities could benefit from AT (during IEP process), it is important to look into their strengths, levels of functioning, areas of concern, accommodations and strategies used for the student, and the particular type of AT the student would most benefit form in the classroom. When student is assigned AT, it is important to see if the student is benefiting from the assistance and whether or not the student likes it. Examples of AT include, portable DAISY reader, portable keyboard, sticky notes and index cards to stay organized, or a handheld recorder to dictate notes. It is important that not only the student knows how to use and benefit form the AT services, but also the teacher. If the teacher includes AT devices in the classroom for students with disabilities, the classroom, student, and teacher will benefit.