As the Academy of Whole Learning, which is a private school based in Minnesota for learners with autism disorder and individual learning needs, released virtual reality technology in their classrooms, students were so excited about studying.
Thanks to virtual reality headsets from Lenovo together with Google Expeditions, students can have a tour all over the world while they are only sitting in their seats. This is also a big chance for them to practice social skills as they can make friends via the virtual experiences.
For students with speech disabilities
In this case, speech-to-text software as well as word prediction solutions can help them interact with their instructors and their friends. For instance, Microsoft 365 apps have Dictate which is enabled by artificial intelligence that lets students speak into a microphone and then converts that speech into text on the computer.
For students with leaning, cognitive and developmental disabilities
Apart from providing virtual reality experiences for students encountering autism, such tools as memory aids, audio books and text-to-speech solutions are truly useful for those who are in need of more support with learning, attention and arrangement. One of those tools is the Immersive Reader from Microsoft, which was made to support those with dyslexia and dysgraphia. Thanks to Immersive Reader, students can have text read out loud and broken into different syllables especially important if they are learning a foreign language.
What is more, the Tell Me feature from Microsoft also enables students to approach commands on Office 365 apps while there is no need to remember them. There are also downloadable fonts like Open Dyslexic in order to improve readability and reading speed for students.
For students who require mobility assistance
Teachers can optimize their classrooms for all students by using flexible furniture, which is a major factor of a modern learning environment. Students will feel more free and comfortable when moving around the room if teachers use standing desks or wobble stools. Thanks to assistive technology, classrooms will be made more inclusive for students with disorders and disabilities.