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  • 1. Assistive Technologyfor Science Classes By: Jorge S Mustafa Assistive Technology Resource

2. Objectives

  • Increase knowledge of assistive technology.
  • Increase understanding of universal design.
  • Increase awareness of tools for science .

3. Definition of Assistive Technology (AT) The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)defines assistive technology devices as any piece of equipment, or product system, whether acquired commercially off the shelf, modified, or customized, that is used to increase, maintain, or improve functional capabilities of children with disabilities. 4. SETT by Joy Zabala (1994) S TUDENT What are the students special needs and abilities? Whydoes the student need AT? E NVIRONMENT Where will the student use AT? What supports,resources are available? T ASKS What IEP goals will be addressed with AT? What activitiesis the student expected to do? T OOLS What assistive technology (no/low tech, and high tech)options should be considered to address the tasks? What strategies might be used to increase student performance? A Framework for considering assistive technology 5. Universal Design For Learning

  • Teachers are designers.They designactivities , materials and curricula.
  • Coupling between abilities and task requirements
  • Targets educational needs of all students while addressing different learning styles.
  • Technology increases the adaptability and flexibility.

6. Physically and Cognitively Accessible

  • Wheelchair accessibility, alternative keyboards, screen readers.
  • Perceptual accessibility - color blindness, hearing loss or visual impairments.
  • Cognitively impaired as well as different learning styles and strengths.
  • Multiple ways of engaging the material, presenting the material and reporting results.

7. Universal Design

  • Utilize multiple modes of information presentation - verbal, iconic, pictorial, tactile.
  • Provide contrast between the information and its surroundings. The expanded use of sound field systems exemplifies this principle. Students perform better academically. On any given day students have temporary hearing problems due to colds, flu, allergies and fatigue.
  • Different representations such as concept maps and then outline form appeal to different learning styles.

8. Tasks for Science

  • Performing experiments
  • Recording observations
  • Collecting & Recording data (measuring)
  • Analyzing Data - graphs
  • Writing Science/Lab Reports
  • Reading science textbooks, research
  • Using scientific calculators, converting units
  • Studyingand Test taking
  • List is not comprehensive, but examples

9. Assistive Technologyis used to increase a students learning through increased participation in activities. By employing a hands on approach, the teacher creates an opportunity to engage the students mind.


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