Assistive Technology

While the prevalence of technology in our daily lives requires the mastery of new literacies (keyboarding, internet research skill, etc.), technology also supports effective literacy instruction.

Meet AT Expert Beth Poss

By: (2017)

A video interview with Beth Poss from the Center on Technology and Disability.

AT in Action

By: (2017)

Teachers and students at Jemicy School share their experience with assistive technology (AT). The Jemicy School educates talented and bright students with dyslexia or other related language-based learning differences.

Q&A with Dr. Todd Cunningham

By: (2017)

In this Q&A with Dr. Todd Cunningham, you'll learn the basics about assistive technology (AT) and how AT tools can help students with language-based learning disabilities to reach their full potential in the classroom.

Assistive Technology Glossary

By: Center on Technology and Disability (2017)

It is important for parents to understand the "language" of assistive technology so they can be informed advocates for their child's technology needs. The following glossary of terms can help parents learn about the kinds of assistive technologies that are currently available and how they can be used.

Help Your Child with a Learning Disability Be More Independent with Assistive Technology

By: Center on Technology and Disability (2017)

Funding Assistive Technology for K-12

By: Center on Technology and Disability (2017)

Supporting Students with Dyslexia: Standards, Accommodations, and Strategies

By: Center on Technology and Disability (2017)

Accessibility Tools and Resources: Getting Started with Accessibility

By: American Institutes for Research and Center on Technology and Disability (2017)

BeSpoke Voices: Empowering self-identity for those who rely on speech generating devices to communicate

By: Center on Technology and Disability (2017)

Assistive Technology 101

By: Center on Technology and Disability (2017)

Assistive technology is any kind of technology that can be used to enhance the functional independence of a person with a physical or cognitive disability. Get the basics in this fact sheet from the Center on Technology and Disability.

Speech Recognition for Learning

By: National Center for Technology Innovation (2010)

Speech recognition, also referred to as speech-to-text or voice recognition, is technology that recognizes speech, allowing voice to serve as the "main interface between the human and the computer." This Info Brief discusses how current speech recognition technology facilitates student learning, as well as how the technology can develop to advance learning in the future.

Using Technology to Support Struggling Students: Questions, Argumentation and Use of Evidence

By: National Center for Technology Innovation (2010)

Knowing how to engage in signature scientific acts, such as formulating questions and using evidence in arguments is an important part of science learning. This InfoBrief from the National Center for Technology Innovation offers more information about using technology to support struggling students.

Using Technology to Support Struggling Students: Visualization, Representation and Modeling

By: National Center for Technology Innovation (2010)

Science learning often involves creating abstract representations and models of processes that we are unable to observe with the naked eye. Learn more about visualizing, representing, and modeling to aid struggling learners.

Using Technology to Support Struggling Students: Student Engagement and Identity with Science

By: National Center for Technology Innovation (2010)

In an increasingly complex world, all students need to be scientifically literate. While some students may go on to pursue advanced careers in the sciences, basic scientific literacy is critical for all students.

Using Technology to Support Struggling Students: Science Literacy, Vocabulary and Discourse

By: National Center for Technology Innovation (2010)

To be scientifically literate, students must be able to express themselves appropriately. Learn how to help struggling students master specific vocabulary and be able to use it in their science writing activities.

Adolescent Literacy: What's Technology Got to Do With It?

By: National Center for Technology Innovation and Center for Implementing Technology in Education (CITEd) (2010)

Learn how technology tools can support struggling students and those with learning disabilities to acquire background knowledge and vocabulary, improve their reading comprehension, and increase their motivation for learning.

Assistive Technology for Kids with Learning Disabilities: An Overview

By: Kristin Stanberry and Marshall H. Raskind (2009)

If your child has a learning disability, he or she may benefit from assistive technology tools that play to their strengths and work around their challenges.

New Electronics: Turn Them On for Learning

By: National Center for Technology Innovation and Center for Implementing Technology in Education (CITEd) (2009)

Many computer products have built-in accessibility options such as text-to-speech, screen magnification options, or voice input controls. Learn what some of these optional features are and how to integrate them into instruction and studying.

Assistive Technology Tools: Writing

By: Kristin Stanberry and Marshall H. Raskind (2009)

Learn about assistive technology tools — from abbreviation expanders to word-recognition software programs — that address your child's specific writing difficulties.

Assistive Technology Tools: Reading

By: Kristin Stanberry and Marshall H. Raskind (2009)

Learn about assistive technology tools — from audiobooks to variable-speed tape recorders — that help students with reading.

Cell Phone Novels: 140 Characters at a Time

By: Ruth Cox Clark (2009)

Cell phone novels are short stories designed to be read on cellular telephones. This article examines the Japanese trend and its potential in America.

Reading Software: Finding the Right Program

By: National Center for Technology Innovation (2008)

With the range and variety of commercial software products on the shelves today, how can an educator or parent choose a program that will most benefit a particular student? Where are product reviews that can inform the decision?

Creating Podcasts with Your Students

By: Tony Vincent (2008)

Creating podcasts in the classroom has many educational benefits, including strengthening skills in research, writing, and collaboration — and podcasting is easy to do. This article walks you through the steps of preproduction, recording, postproduction, and publishing.

21st Century Literacies

By: National Council of Teachers of English (2007)

Because success with technology depends largely upon critical thinking and reflection, teachers with relatively little technological skill can provide useful instruction. But schools must support these teachers by providing professional development and up-to-date technology for use in classrooms.

Using Assistive Technology to Support Writing

By: Center for Implementing Technology in Education (CITEd) (2006)

Technology—and especially the subset of technology tools known as assistive technology—can be an effective element of the writing curriculum for students with disabilities. Assistive technology (AT) can be defined as a technology that allows someone to accomplish a critical educational or life task. Since writing is so integral to school success, AT is often indicated to assist students with disabilities. In this article, CITEd looks at how technology can support students' writing.


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