What is assistive technology?

Assistive technology is any kind of technology and/or tool that can be used to enhance the functional independence of a person with a disability. Often, for people with disabilities, accomplishing daily tasks such as communicating with others, going to school or work, or participating in activities can be a challenge. Assistive Technology (AT) devices are tools to help overcome those challenges and enable people living with disabilities to enhance and have access to a quality of life, that may otherwise not be known, and lead more independent lives.

The mission of this blog is to serve as a voice of a constant researcher in the field of educational and assistive technologies so that the best products, strategies and services may be located easily, in hopes that they will then be delivered, taught and used to better the lives of people with disabilities.


Pinterest Posts and Educational Use Ideas

Pinterest is a visual social media platform that allows users to “pin” images that either represent content (e.g., image-as-link), or is content in and of itself (e.g., an infographic). Pinterest is a great, fast way to collect information by providing visuals that will then link to the source of the information. I have begun using Pinterest a lot, as it is just so convenient. The other thing it allows you to do is collect others resources and add them to yours.  A way to stay organized by being able capture and then find again, all those little things you run across while perusing the Internet. Bookmarks just cannot keep up any more!

Tina Wahlert has a Pinterest page titled: Using Pinterest in Education, A collection of hints for using Pinterest well and utilizing the site in education.Edudemic has "A Straightforward Guide To Using Pinterest In Education".

Simple Ways to Use Pinterest in the Classroom

  • Share quotes and inspiration
  • Visual sharing across content areas
  • Suggest reading materials
  • Provide websites for various purposes, i.e. typing programs, math support
  • Encourage student participation
  • Showcase those science projects
  • Provide book report presentationsand/or ideas
  • Share pictures from a field trip (don't forget confidentiality!)
Take a look at these educational uses: http://www.livebinders.com/play/play_or_edit?id=271703 

Not sure how to use Pinterest. Here is a nice little guide on How to Use Pinterest Well

How Popular Is Pinterest Around the World? 

So, how am I using Pinterest? Well, not all of it is job related. I love gardening so yes, I have a page on ideas for my yard. I love eating, so I have a collection of recipes. But I also have begun to use it quite avidly for assistive technology and the whole iOS World of this and that. Below you will find a list with links of my Pinterest Boards which are changing daily, which is what Pinterest is all about. I hope you find them resourceful when the need arises.
How do you find the source of the image? Click the image then click it again. Clicking the image will take you to the Internet site with more information. 

4/13: There is a now a new version. This blogger has provided for us "Everything You Need to Know About the New Pinterest". So there ya go, piece of cake!