To make sure that those services are offered and the instruction is inclusive enough of all learners, schools are now adopting assistive technology tools in their classrooms.
The different kinds of assistive technology
There are two major types of this technology, including high tech and low tech. Hich tech is devices or facilities with digital or electronic components such as augmentative communication devices, alternative keyboards or power wheelchairs. It may also come with software or integrated accessibility features on devices like text to speech, word prediction and character recognition while low tech refers to simple adaptive tools such as timers or flexible furniture.
Using assistive technology in a modern learning environment
Due to the fact that schools are now adopting modern learning environments and using more technologies in classrooms and their curriculum, they must be aware of possible boundaries for students who need special learning. Below are some ways teachers can utilize digital tools in their classroom to satisfy the specific needs of their students and help them get through the difficulties.
Currently, a lot of devices such as Google Chromebooks are integrated with audiovisual support. Let’s take Chromebooks as an example. It comes with an integrated screen reader named Chrome Vox, which is able to read content out loud for users on the Chrome browser. What is more, it is also designed with features that make the content easier to read, including high-contrast mode or screen magnifiers. Instructors can also plug in a Braille keyboard using Bluetooth connectivity if students are in need. Common apps like G Suite for Education and Microsoft Office 365 also have dictation features by which students can type in by using their voice.
For those who are deaf or find it difficult to hear
In this case, you can take advantage of FM systems, which are wireless devices that can transmit sounds directly to a hearing aid in order to interact with students who can not hear clearly even in a noisy classroom.