Assistive Technology


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How does this support your teaching and best practice instruction? 

As a teacher, you will need to be aware of students’ individual needs. Assistive Technology tools support the needs of each  student.  AT is also necessary for students to meet objectives that have been outlined in the Individualized Education Program (IEP).  Knowing the basic accessibility features of the various platforms, the AT tools and resources available to support students, and understanding the four domains of assistive technology will help across all grade levels and subjects.

How might you use this with students? 

This technology accommodations chart is in the 21 Tools for Students site – Teachers area under accommodations 

Deeper Learning- as it relates to the SAMR model

As a teacher, you will need to be aware of students’ individual needs. AT looks at tools and features specific to an individual’s needs.  AT is also necessary for students to meet objectives that have been outlined in the Individualized Education Program (IEP).  Knowing the basic accessibility features of the various platforms and understanding the four domains of Assistive technology will help across all grade levels and subjects.

 Visit the Vanderbilt Model

https://iris.peabody.vanderbilt.edu/module/at/

The Quality Indicators for Assistive Technology (QIAT) maintains that effective AT consideration include the following standards:

1.      Assistive technology devices and services are considered for all students with disabilities regardless of the type or severity of disability.

2.      During the development of an individualized educational program, every IEP team consistently uses a collaborative decision-making process that supports the systematic consideration of each student’s possible need for Assistive technology devices and services.

3.      IEP team members have the collective knowledge and skills needed to make informed Assistive technology decisions and seek assistance when needed.

4.      Decisions regarding the need for Assistive technology devices and services are based on the student’s IEP goals and objectives, access to curricular and extracurricular activities, and progress in the general education curriculum.

5.      The IEP team gathers and analyzes data about the student, customary environments, educational goals, and tasks when considering a student’s need for Assistive technology devices and services.

6.      When Assistive technology is needed, the IEP team explores a range of Assistive technology devices, services, and other supports that address identified needs.

 7.      The Assistive technology consideration process and results are documented in the IEP and include a rationale for the decision and supporting evidence.

 https://qiat.org/indicators.html 

SETT Framework Information:

http://joyzabala.com/

Using the SETT Framework to Level the Learning Field for Students with Disabilities

Example of Completed SETT Framework from Region IV

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1rGpIXoIN8Eot_9XxbqGawsyIUtGUVpOfhyYkBHVRPgw/edit?usp=sharing

Region IV Blank SETT Framework:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1UpGaYkdddIQ42Oy88bm84iuHnATnvF4r8B6JLAaZuiA/edit?usp=sharing

What tools, apps, extensions, or supports are in place to make this accessible for all learners?

The focus of Assistive Technology is to support all learning needs of students with special needs.  Although, you might find that things you learn in this Assistive Technology section will also be helpful for other students that you work with.

Bookshare: database of all digital texts, free but student must qualify for an account

SeeingAI: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/ai/seeing-ai

Seeing AI App

TextHelp-https://www.texthelp.com/en-us/sectors/education/schools/

Creating smart, inclusive technology that helps people read, write, express their thoughts and share information more accurately & fluently – across all stages of life”

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Read&Write

Chart of Free vs. Premium features: https://docs.google.com/document/d/e/2PACX-1vRJK88MHDsQWnE9B9LFq_oiLoEFk-yPKNQuCNhvFkiqkk477bOpLOS4VqK3k4fHAvk0PEBBYNitCuQx/pub?urp=gmail_link

WriQ

SnapVerter

BrowseAloud

SpeechStream

FluencyTutor

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