Assistive Technology

Using technology in an inclusive classroom

Previous Use with Assistive Technology

I first experiences assistive technology in my first year of teaching in a Head Start/ExCITE classroom as a Family Educator. I had a student who had extremely limited verbal abilities. She was given a dynavox to help her have basic and at times complex verbal abilities through buttons on her device.

She was able to ask for different food during lunch time, ask peers to play with her, tell about her weekend and other areas that most students would be able to discuss with their verbal abilities.

This was a very unique and beneficial experience as her teacher. I was able to better understand how these devices are programmed, but also how to integrate them into the every day classroom.

Communication Devices

I focused my assistive technology research on communication devices that assisted to the learning of students. According to Simpson et al. (2009), communication includes oral, written, visual, auditory, and social interactions.

One tool that can be used to assist with written communication are alternative keyboards. These are keyboards that come in different shapes and sizes to allow to simplified typing with one hand or limited motor skills.

Another is a screen reader that reads all the text that is shown on the screen. This allows students with limited visual abilities to still surf the net as well as read articles and stories online.