Assistive Technology

Assistive technology is defined as any device, piece of equipment or system that helps bypass, work around or compensate for an individual’s specific learning deficits.  Below are a list of apps, sites, and Chrome Apps that allow students to reach their full potential in their academics.

Whether the student has diagnosed or undiagnosed disabilities students higher achieving through technology and strong teaching.

Site/App/Extention

Description 

How this could be used:

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This circle was the clearest way to find apps based on student needs.  This well-organized graphic organizer helped categorize the apps based on the needs of each type of student.

Difficulties with math

Khan academy: This site offers teacher coaching, student practice, and videos to teach skills.

Flipped classroom

Use YouTube video, or your own screen cast of a lesson.  Student review through questions/quizzes paced throughout the video.

Flipped classroom

Site allows students to practice basic skills through simple games.

Reading Challenges

Large selection of books provided to students online and through an app

Differentiate reading instruction by finding books on many reading levels.  Easy to search, find chapters, define vocabulary.  Set a bookmark to return to the correct page.

Read any book as a literature group.  Add photos, comments, and definitions as a group/individual

Motivate students by working collaboratively in a book group. Find books that meet students’ interest.  Often books are less expensive than actual texts.

Online books that offer a wide interest level

Online books that can be opened in mobile format  ePub

For younger students.  Allows books to be read to them, read with them, and read independently.  Based on the A-Z reading system

Challenges with writing

Students can take photos or use existing photos and create a collage.

Practice vocabulary, group ideas, label processes.

Hears your voice and converts it to speech.  Works online as a Chrome extension.For students who have difficulty holding a pencil, dysgraphia, slow typing.

Pre-created characters help students plan their writing, add voice, and actions to their stories.  Also a great way to RETELL stories.

Students with dysgraphia can speak their words into the computer for speech to text functions.  Also excellent for grammar checking work.

Dyslexia and early readers/writers

Practice tracing and creating the difficult letters: b,d,p,g,u,n,

Learning to read vocabulary lists of site words.  Reads to you, with you, and independently

Leveled reading opportunities with short multiple choice reading ‘quizzes’.  Students are registered and work through their levels.

General great teaching sites

Online writing tools, videos, hands on learning ideas

Record voice over a photo and annotate

Students can describe what they want to write verbally before putting pencil to paper.Visible learning!!

Record voice and write on the iPad screenCan be uploaded in a variety of formats

Students can explain the story or process verbally.Students can import a graphic organizer and complete it verbally.

Record voice and write on the iPad screenCan be uploaded in a variety of formatsFor any subject area.  The teacher/student can create a 5 sided flashcard to include a word, photo, definition, sentence, voice, and other multimedia to remember words

Students can explain the story or process verbally.Students can import a graphic organizer and complete it verbally.

Challenges with organization

Graphic organizers for students help students organize their thoughts, demonstrate their understanding, and use vocabulary words in context more visually.

Mind mapping tools for students to begin the writing process, organize their work throughout the writing process.  Work collaboratively.  Teacher can work collaboratively.

Mind mapping tools for students to begin the writing process, organize their work throughout the writing process.  Work collaboratively.  Teacher can work collaboratively.Group and individual students can post stickies to a bulletin board to organize their thoughtsStudents use stickies to take notes, organize ideas, and manage tasks.

KWL chart,

Group and individual students can post stickies to a bulletin board to organize their thoughtsStudents use stickies to take notes, organize ideas, and manage tasks.This is a file storage box students can upload their files to so they can access them everywhere.Also teachers can folders and share them with the class or with individuals.Upload picture book to read at home,

Upload a graphic organizer to distribute for students to use for homework.

Provide feedback during the class, after class, parent communication for student behavior

Prepared by Annie Almekinder

Heidelberg University, August 2013

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