Assistive Technology

www.understood.org

Main Goal

Assisting children struggling with learning and attention issues

Target Group: Parents

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Uses

* Assisting parents in


  • understanding and evaluating children's strengths and weaknesses
  • diagnosing children's learning and attention issues
  • seeing children's problems from children's eyes by using simulations
  • selecting right assistive technology for children with disabilities
  • participating in local communities on issues related to children's learning issues
  • receiving technical advise on social, emotional and behavioral issues
  • keeping updated on issues related to disabilities, learning and attention issues

How & Why

Simulations

what: I will make use of simulations which are provided by www.understood.org. These are game-like experiences to provide an in depth understanding of why learning and attention can be frustrating.


How: Parents will be encouraged to take some of the simulations when they visit schools and after parents' meet at school.


Why: If parents are not able to see through child's eyes they will never understand how and why their children really struggle to learn and pay attention.


Research: "Learning is a highly complex and individualized process. There are many faculties that must be tapped into, a learner must be able to acquire, store and illustrate that knowledge" (“Issues in Digital Technology in Education”, 2008, p. 4).

Tech Finder

What: The "Tech Finder" will be a great help in narrowing down on the right type of assistive technologies. It can be time consuming and challenging to get the right type of assistive technology.


How: Basic information like subject field or learning problem, and grade must be provided. Based on the information provided, the "Tech Finder" recommends a suitable assistive technology. The "Tech Finder" reduces the problem in finding the right sort of a assistive technology.


Why: Every student is unique. It is important to get the right assistive technology so that children can use it and benefit from it. It shouldn't be a frustrating experience.


Research: "Taking time to find the appropriate tools that work for an individual can provide great success and not providing these tools would serve against greater educational goals of equality and fairness" (Watts, O’Brian & Wojcik, 2004, cited in “Issues in Digital Technology in Education”, 2008, p. 3).

Assistive Technology: Expert's Advise and Training

What: It is important that parents must be introduced to assistive technology as well as issues related to learning and attention problems. The service of technical experts can be made use for this purpose.


How: Parents will be advised to develop their profiles in the www.understood.org and share relevant information. Parents will be introduced to technical experts in seeking advice on assistive technology as well as issues related to disabilities.


Why: Armed with the knowledge of assistive technology and issues related to learning and attention, parents will be able to guide their children as well as will be to make sound decisions on mentoring and coaching.


Research: “It is invaluable for parents to also become aware of the technologies being used to aid their children, just as aware of the subject matter being taught day to day “ (Smith & Kelly, 2007, cited in “Issues in Digital Technology in Education”, 2008, p. 3).

Reference

Issues in digital technology in education/assistive technology in education: A critical analysis of the highs and the lows. Retrieved from http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Issues_in_Digital_Technology_in_Education/Blended_Learning

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