EdTech: What is assistive technology?
This module explores the range of accessibility assistance, from common mainstream software, apps and tools, through to the specialist or bespoke technology for complex individual needs, and its implications for teaching and learning practice.
This module shows you how what assistive technology is and the role it plays in lowering barriers to learning for its users.
After completing this module you will be able to:
- describe the affordances and requirements of the main forms of assistive technology
- adjust or supplement your teaching and learning practice and resources to support users of assistive technology
Digital Teaching Professional Framework
This module covers the EdTech component - F1 : Accessibility
- Provide equitable access to appropriate digital technologies and resources, e.g. ensuring that all learners have access to the digital technologies used.
- Select and use digital strategies which respond to the learner's digital context, e.g. contextual constraints to their technology use (e.g. availability, institutional restrictions - offender learning, work based learning), competences, expectations, attitudes, misconceptions and misuses.
- Use digital technologies and strategies, e.g. assistive technologies, designed for learners' in need of special support (e.g. learners with physical or mental constraints; learners with learning disorders).
- Consider and respond to potential accessibility issues when selecting, modifying or creating digital resources and to provide alternative or compensatory tools or approaches for learners with special needs.
- Use design principles for increasing accessibility for the resources and digital environments used in teaching.
- Continuously monitor and reflect on the suitability of the measures implemented to improve accessibility and adapt strategies accordingly.
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I really like the suggestion to use the Mercury Reader App, an extension for Chrome, removing ads and distractions from web pages. This is so useful for learners with dyslexia, low literacy skills, ESOL learners etc. In fact, I think it's useful for us all, it is so easy to get distracted, so this is a time saving tool too!
Good module but limited assessment of learning
Again, I brilliant resource to remind us about different technology to use for all abilities
Useful information to start journey on learning more about accessibility. Good links for further reading.
Assistive technology is a great way to support students/learners who have a disability whilst developing their skills in a learning environment as it stops them from being treated differently and helps with their learning as they become more engaged in lessons.
Really good information. I have downloaded the transcript and saved all of the links for further resources to look into in more detail. I am looking forward to using some of these assisted technologies with my learners.
Some useful ideas so that learners can stop being distracted.
I'm finding that the modules are too short to give any more than a very brief introduction - only really suitable for people who are at a very basic level. Although the links at the bottom are potentially much more useful.
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