Assistive Technology Analysis

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  1. Name at least three items that could be considered AT and describe how those devices could support a student with a disability in the classroom.
    • The first item I would consider is reader software. I have used this before myself and it is great. Students are able to listen and follow along with the words. It is my experience that comprehension will go up.
    • Second is a good laptop or tablet device. Many of the old individual technologies are now rolled into these devices. Ereaders, spellchecking, calculators are all in these devices. They provide many tools for simple instructive tech and for Adaptice tech.
    • Finally, I really loved the adaptive tech for the band student. There a number of ways this could be incorporated to help students play. Moving beyond the joystick to electrical impulse headbands would make this playing tech even more useful to the student.
  2. Explain two reasons why it is necessary to consider AT for students with disabilities.
    • First it is required by federal law. It is part of the education policy law and has to be implemented as part of our free education system.
    • Secondly the reason we should do it is simply because it is the right thing to do. As educators we should be looking for ways to help students learn better. If we provide students with the help they need they will succeed much better in life.
  3. Why is it important to consider both AT devices and services?
    • You have to consider both because it takes a complete solution to help the student. There is a lot of tech out there that can be bought. A lot of really beneficial tech but without proper training of the students and teacher the full capabilities will not be used. An example is a student that uses Kindle reader software and doesn’t have access to the aubible audiobook; the audible book syncs just like the text to voice software but is much better for a student because a natural reader is more easily followed. Most teachers without training would not know that you can do this with a kindle.
  4. Describe three responsibilities of the Implementation Team.
    • Make sure the student is familiarized with how to use the software basics and the. Further trained in advanced features.
    • Make sure the teacher is given proper training to support the devices and knows best practices for inclusion of the tech in the classroom. Often teachers are not trained to properly implement new tech.
    • Providing follow up with both the teacher and student to ensure that things are going well with the tech. If it is not more training or another type of tech may be needed.
  5. List three outcomes the Implementation Team can determine by evaluating a student’s assistive technology.
    • If the student’s performance is greater using the technology.
    • If the students learning without the tech has increased or remained the same.
    • If this technology is successful and whether it should be purchased and possibly also used by other students.
  6. Imagine you are a seventh-grade general education language arts teacher and a student in your class has an upcoming IEP meeting. What types of information should you gather ahead of time to contribute to the discussion of the student’s AT needs? Name at least four.
    • What current AT is being used and it’s effectiveness.
    • How well the student performs on tasks without AT. This could be by comparing testing with and without tech.
    • How well the student spells and whether a spelling device would be helpful.
    • Measure the students comprehension levels and see whether an ereader with text to speech or audio textbooks would be beneficial to the student.
  7. During the meeting suggested in the example above, the IEP team recommends AT for the student. As a general education teacher, describe your role in the AT implementation and evaluation processes.
    • As this teacher I would have several roles. First I would need to assist in getting trained in the technology and learn proper uses for the classroom. I would need to learn basic troubleshooting of the device. I would need to know how the student should be using the device for best effect to judge whether the device was the best choice for the student. I would also be judging the net results of the students improvement with the device.
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