3d: Select, evaluate, and facilitate the use of adaptive and assistive technologies to support student learning
I was fortunate to do a deep dive into Microsoft’s adaptive and assistive technology tools when I took a course through Seattle Pacific University – Accessibility and Inclusion via Tech. The possibilities for how to use technology for all learners was comprehensive and wide-ranging. The graphic below details the many programs that have been created to meet the needs of all learners.
From this course, I created my own plan to use immersive and assistive technology within my own classroom. I quickly realized that the planning, implementation, and continuation of these tools are important for all students and integrating these tools for the whole class first is the way to get started and then specifically guide certain students who may benefit from these tools in a natural way while still having the tools available to all.Accessibility-Learning-Activity-Lackie-1
Having a variety of tools available so that all students can figure out what fits best for themselves and what they are most comfortable with helps boost confidence, gives the power of student choice and teaches students to see how technology is a positive and engaging support system for the variety of needs all students have when learning. In my blog post, Be a Troubleshooter to Transform Your Technology Integration, I speak to the importance of shifting students from learned helplessness into a growth mindset. When students have digital tools at their fingertips to try out and that are available for all students, then using these tools becomes safe, accessible, inclusive, and community-driven.