Technology @ High Point, vol. 16
Tech for teaching and learning in our new space
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This Week's Tech Feature:
High Point classrooms are stocked with many mounts for holding switches and iPads. All of the assistive technology in the classrooms is useless if you have no way to hold it where students can access it.
The Modular Hose Mount has a simple clamp, a long caterpillar arm and a round plate that fits an Orby switch with Velcro. The caterpillar tubing can bend and twist in any direction to get a switch in any position. This mount is really good for students who have uncontrolled body movements that may cause strong movements that could cause injury if they hit a stationary object. The Modular Hose will flex if hit and reduce the chances of injury.
The Friction Knob Universal Switch Mount (USM) is a bit more complicated but it does a good job of holding items in a very rigid position. It has several plates to allow it to hold a variety of different sized items and a cradle to hold an iPad.
Using either of these mounts, you should be able to hold most items in the correct position. For more unique mounting solutions, you can find other mounts in the ATAC Lab.
Who is it for?
- Students who need a switch held in just the right spot
- Students who need a switch held just a little further away to encourage an increase in range of motion
- Students and teachers who need an iPad held where they can reach it and see it
Both of these mounts were chosen because they are very simple to setup.
There are several parts that can be added to the top of the mount to hold all kinds of stuff. The round plate is perfect for attaching a switch with Velcro. The long rectangular plate is useful for holding a small keyboard or a joystick or trackball. The triangular plate is great for holding the standard sized Candy Corn switch which is available for checkout in the ATAC Lab. Some of the High Point mounts have an iPad cradle to hold the standard size iPad. The best way to insert the iPad is by setting one of the narrow ends of the iPad in the cradle and push on the opposite end to extend the cradle until the iPad slips in.
Ideas for Using This Tech in the Classroom
The Modular Hose mount can hold an Orby switch when you are looking for the right switch position for a student. The Modular Hose is easily repositioned or small adjustments made. It is a great tool to figure out where a switch should be positioned for a student.
Use a Universal Switch Mount with the iPad cradle to hold an iPad with an AAC app for modelling AAC with students. As you teach, you can easily access the iPad for modelling without juggling many things. Your hands will be free for teaching and assisting your students. You will be able to incorporate modelling into all of your teaching so students get the experience with AAC that will help them be successful on their own.
Use the mounts to place switches in places that encourage students to improve their physical abilities. They can reach for a switch to operate a switch toy. They can walk in their walker to a switch to turn on a light. They can hold their head up to press a switch to start music. Switches can be another tool to encourage students to move their bodies.