This is worth repeating. So many think that assistive technology is the answer, but is it?
I must state, before anyone reads this, that I am a HUGE fan of using assistive technology.
I recently read a comment about a piece of technology not being “cool.” I realize that there are students who will never feel “cool” when using assistive technology. I also feel that students must be taught touch typing and the basics of functional programing before being asked to take notes using assistive technology. It always boggles my mind when some recommends a piece of assistive technology, such as an Alpha Smart, without ever considering if it will really work for the student. Many students consider an Alpha Smart to be ‘uncool’ for the following reasons:
- Looking different from peers
- Not knowing how to use the device
- Still not being able to keep up
- Fumbling with the technology in front of others
In my humble opinion, students need time to learn how to use…
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