- Place dots next to the paragraphs that have important information so they know to read that section.
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Assistive Technology (AT) is any item or piece of equipment that is used to increase, maintain or improve the functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities in all aspects of life, including at school, at work, at home and in the community. Assistive Technology ranges from low tech to high tech devices or equipment.
Low tech AT are devices or equipment that doesn’t require much training, may be less expensive and do not have complex or mechanical features. We often forget about low tech and the strategies that support their use. (After all, they are common and not usually technology! Easy to forget that they count as AT.)
Assistive technology (AT) tools can help a person plan, organize, and keep track of a calendar, schedule, task list, contact information, and miscellaneous notes. These tools allow a person to manage, store, and retrieve such information with the help of special software and handheld devices.
As adults, when we need to learn something new, we have tools with us. When we go to a conference, attend a webinar or go to an important training or meeting, we take “stuff”. We come prepared. How did we learn to do this? How did we figure out the types ofgoodies that served us best? Were they introduced formally? Were they made available to us at one of these events? Was it a friend or colleague that was using it and we noticed/asked them about it? Did we see other people using something and think, “Hmmmmm, that looks handy!”
Shouldn’t we consider introducing these goodies by making them available for our students? Is it that we are so used to using them that we don’t think about it? Are we worried about the cost? Are we concerned that they might waste them? Let’s reconsider!
Consider: What goodies do you use and how do you use them?
Modeling is so powerful. When we use them, maybe a little running dialog as we are taught, “I think I will just put a Post-it here with a note to remind myself to revisit this section later.”
Do we have these available for our students?
Why not have a basket of various supplies available to our students at all times? Get this stuff out of your tidy little drawer and let your students explore. Let them waste a few (don’t tell me you never have!) Let them figure out their own style, techniques and approaches! Then teach them some tricks of the trade.
Just to get your juices flowing, let’s consider what a teacher does with Post-it dots.
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