Use technology to create, adapt and personalize learning experiences that foster independent learning and accommodate learner differences and needs.
Some students may not be able to use a standard keyboard. Some alternatives are: expanded keyboards, keyboards with guards or adaptive switch interfaces.
Blind students will need software that is compatible with screen readers.
Deaf students will need audio captioned or a text transcript.
Students with cognitive disabilities with need software with simplified user interfaces.
(Robyler & Doering,83)
With access to digital text a student or teacher can change the physical nature of the text (such as the font size, shape or color) to reflect their needs as well as change the cognitive difficulty with a "read to me" feature, auto summation and or reading levels. (Robyler & Doering, 55)
For students with physical, sensory, or cognitive impairments that may hinder their ability for written expression try:
Clicker Writer- a word processor that lets students click on letters, words or phrases to put together sentences without a keyboard.
Co: Writer- a prediction program for students who have difficulty, writing, typing or translating their thoughts into writing.
Picture it-allows teachers to create picture - assisted reading materials to help struggling readers and writers.
(Robyler & Doering, 114)
These standards have no end goal, but an ongoing process of improvement. To be used as a tool for a perpetual deepening of learning and growing. (Krueger)
Meeting this standard is important for teachers in the 21st century because it means that all children are included.
That all children have an equal chance to learn.
That no child will be left behind.
Be it by means of standard or adaptive media programs, software or equipment students will be able to communicate and collaborate their ideas effectively to multiple audiences using a variety of media and formats.
As well as contribute to project teams to produce original works or solve problems that they previously may have been unable to.
1.Krueger N. (2017) It's like yoga for your educational practice. Retrieved from: https://www.iste.org/explore/articleDetail?articleid=1001&category=ISTE-blog&article=
2.Roblyer M.D. & Doering A.H. (2013) Integrating educational technology into teaching (6th ed.). New Jersey: Pearson Education. p 55,83,114