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ssistive Technology

the Classroom
MS. FENWICK
SPECIAL EDUCATION
TECHNOLOGY FOR TEACHERS
ts Begin with a Short Vide
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kZoJDc

PACER Simon Technology Center


Types of
Assistive
Technology
b i l e
M o
p s
Ap
Highly accessible and easy to use for individuals with special
needs

Increase in development of apps for students on the Autism


Disorder Spectrum

Improves motor skills, social interaction, and memorization skills


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Cengage Learning, 2015. Print.
Input Switches:
Used like a mouse
button

Device
Operated by a tap,
kick, swipe, or puff
Integrate well with
other devices, such as
Intellikeys

s
Joysticks:
Great for students
Head-Mounted
Pointer:
Great for students
with disabilities with limited hand
Can be controlled mobility
with one finger or Controls the pointer
thumb or insertion point on
Can easily be a computer
attached to a
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wheelchair Cengage Learning, 2015. Print.
ternative Keyboar Placed over a keyboard
Keygua Allows student to strike only one key at a time
rd

Screen- Graphic of a standard keyboard displayed on a students


Displaye screen
A pointing device is used to press the keys on the
d screen-displayed keyboard
Keyboar
d
A representation of a facial expression that is used to
communicate thoughts and emotions
Emotico Can be used as a fun, interactive way for students with
n special needs to express their feelings

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Cengage Learning, 2015. Print.
Smart
Large, electronic whiteboard that
uses a touch-sensitive screen to
Board
allow teachers and students to
interact with the assigned material
This device makes it simple for
teachers to present
PowerPoints, include quizzes
and games, and display
educational videos
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Cengage Learning, 2015. Print.
Tablet
Include universal access features,
such as built in text-to-speech, voice
command, auto text, video chat, and
magnification
VoiceOver function describes the
item verbally when the user touches
the screen
Mono Audio allows users with a
hearing loss to reroute audio
channels to their preferred ear
FaceTime makes it possible Cengage Learning,for
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2015. Print.
Telephon Amplified
Telephon
es e:
Makes the

For communicati
on louder
and more
Hearing Teletypewri
understanda
ble

Impaired ter:
Includes a
Sorenson
Video
keyboard, text Relay
display, and Service:
coupler Uses a sign
Phone language
connection is interpreter to
established and translate voice
users
Gunter, Glenda A., Randolph E. Gunter, and Gary B. Shelly. Teachers are able
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Changing World. 8th ed. Boston:
Cengage Learning, 2015. Print.
Screen Readers for the
o Programs such as Freedom Scientifics JAWS and
GW Micros Window Eyes read aloud all of the
Visually Impaired
text that appears on a screen
o This program does not use a mouse, but the
user is required to have keyboard typing skills
o NV Access provides a completely free program
that translates the users words into braille or
automated voice
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Cengage Learning, 2015. Print.
Speech Software
Speech-to-Text
Software:
As the student speaks,
the software types
Programs such as
Nuance Dragon Text-to-Speech
Speech Synthesis Naturally Speaking,
Software:
Software: give students the
Software programs that
Allows students with freedom to create
read text aloud
speech and vocal written projects
Programs such as
disorders to participate Kurzweil 3000, can
in class discussions scan any text from
Uses shortcut keys to books or documents
allow students to and convey that
respond quickly information
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in a Changing World. 8th ed. Boston:
Cengage Learning, 2015. Print.
Quest or Classroomo Provides useful study materials or assignments to
students who want to interact with classroom
activities outside of school
o Allows students to see a visual overview of
classroom objectives and prepare
o Can be used by all students, regardless of learning
disabilities
o Parents can stay updated on classroom activities

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POP
QUIZ
!
Question #1:
How do mobile apps
improve classroom
participation?
Question #2:
What are some
input devices that
students can use?
Question #3:
How can emoticons
be used in the
classroom?
Question #4:
What are 2 speech
software devices
students can use?
ANSWERS
Question 1: Mobile apps improve
motor skills, communication skills,
and social interaction
Question 2: Joysticks, Switches,
Head-Mounted Pointer
Question 3: Classroom projects,
social interaction, lesson plans
Question 4: Speech synthesis
software, speech-to-text software,
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Works Cited
Gunter, Glenda A., Randolph E. Gunter, and Gary
B. Shelly. Teachers Discovering Computers:
Integrating Technology in a Changing World. 8th
ed. Boston: Cengage Learning, 2015. Print.
https://www.google.com/webhp?
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PacerCenter. Understanding Assistive
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Technology: Simply Said. Online Video Clip.
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Nov. 2016. Web. 7 Sept. 2016.
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