Technology @ High Point, vol. 27

Tech for teaching and learning in our new space

Fill Your Toolbox!

Well-implemented technology gives classroom staff loads of tools for teaching students with a broad range of learning styles. The time investment in learning new technology will make teaching easier and assist students in advocating for their life-long learning. This newsletter PD is intended to help you learn new technologies at High Point a little bit at a time, slowly filling up your teaching toolbox throughout this chaotic school year.

This Week's Tech Feature:

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Switch Adapted Scissors

Students who can access switches can use scissors! You will find switch adapted scissors in the High Point classrooms and one set that can be checked out through the ATAC lab. These scissors have a high frequency cutting motion that is activated by a switch.

This video shows you how these scissors work:

#9080 Adapted Battery Operated Scissors
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Who is it for?

These switch adapted scissors allow students who are switch users to participate in craft activities. There is a blade on the scissors, so students will need to be able to understand and follow directions to not touch the blade. Switch users may need assistance with manipulating the paper through the scissors. The scissors make a vibrating noise when operated, so students will need to be able to tolerate the sound.

Setup Instructions

Plug in a switch. Press the switch and insert the paper.

Warning! Scissors are sharp. Don't insert your finger!! Also, if you needed this warning, you probably shouldn't be playing with scissors. Find someone to give you some assistance :)


The scissors use 2 AA batteries. There is no power button, so disconnecting the switch may help conserve battery life.

The scissors can be wiped down with Clorox wipes.

Ideas for Using This Tech in the Classroom