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.


Sites to Support Classrooms

Just a few sites for teachers to get acquainted with.  Also, please note that my Pinterest Boards have become much richer lately, as have my blog postings. I have been working on cleaning and gathering resources for your use. The main purpose of this blog is to provide resources for your use in the classroom.

  • A Turn to Learn has provided you with Step-by-step directions for How to Download Videos Off YouTube since many of our districts still do not allow access to YouTube in the classroom. (Keep up the fight!) In the meantime, there are ways to incorporate this into your lessons.
  • Blog: "A Year of Many Firsts", designed for younger grades, has provided parents a list of fun and educational websites that their child can use in the home, "10 Free Learning Websites (for Kids)". This might be a great idea for starting your year off with by adding this information in that first letter that goes home.   
  • Mr G Online has done a wonderful work by compiling a variety of web tools that are kids friendly. He divided them int 3 categories those that are available for free for the under 13s, those available for this same age category but are paid and another section for web tools restricted to 13 and over. 
  • Reference Cards (Show Me the Evidence strips): These strips provide students with stems to assist them when citing specific evidence for written responses and class discussions.
  • Seven apps for Creating Books with your Students and 
  • Seven Excellent Tools to Publish Students' Work  "There is nothing much rewarding for students than to see their accomplished work being published and celebrated with others. This is very much motivating and is a strong impetus for them to achieve more and work harder. Can you imagine how happy a student would be to share his classroom work with his parents in  a neat and clean online platform  that they access anywhere and anytime?"
  • Teaching Blog Round-up has provided information on setting up routines in the classroom.  This is for younger grades. It offers a couple of very nice visuals, cue cards, to help students by seeing a model of the expectations. (Not a bad idea to take this idea and make it more mature for our older students. We all could use more visuals in our lives.)

Oh, there are so many more but I do not want to overwhelm you all at this point. I am sure that this will be enough to get your juices flowing. As always, enjoy! And remember: It is the journey, not the destination. If you get lost in the exploration, enjoy the side trips.