When the Ministry of Education announced it would require students to take online courses in order to graduate, there was concern about whether students with learning disabilities (LDs) would find success. In response to this concern, the Ministry amended their original plan and announced that students with LDs could be exempt from online learning. This has sent mixed messages to students with LDs and their parents and may have convinced many that online learning is not possible for students with LDs.
EquatIO is truly a revolutionary tool that mathematicians have always wanted but never had. Its accessibility features allow students from all skill levels to enter into the world of mathematics, using the prior knowledge they already have. The end result, confidence and capacity building within the world of numeracy.
EquatIO is a chrome extension that makes math digital. It can help teachers and students at all levels create math expressions, formulas, equations, quizzes, all quite easily.
How do I choose between the different types of assistive technology to make sure my students have the tools they need to succeed?
There are hundreds of assistive technologies available, and simply too much information for one person to track. To help with this problem, Dr. Todd Cunningham, a clinical psychologist at the University of Toronto/OISE, specializing in AT, and his team of graduate students have gone through and compiled as much information and research as they could find. All this information is available on the website ATSelect.org.
The following questions were received during the LD@school webinar, Assistive Technology & Distance Learning – Developing Skills with Accessible Tools During COVID-19.
Many students use assistive technology (AT) regularly in the classroom. As we turn to distance learning, is it important that parents are able to support the use of these tools in the home.
Webinar Recording: Assistive Technology & Distance Learning – Developing Skills with Accessible Tools During COVID-19
All too often, Assistive Technology (AT) is provided as a solution or accommodation to learning challenges. However, not often enough are students provided ample opportunity to become proficient with the tool before being expected to produce academic assignments.
Learning to read is a vital academic milestone for all students. But for many students with LDs, learning to read is the hardest task they face at school in the primary years. Avon Maitland District School Board's STAR (Students with Technology Achieving Results) team has been working to change teacher practices by encouraging the use of accessible text technology in classrooms. A move that helps level the playing field for students with LDs.
The right technological tools can make a significant difference to students who struggle with word recognition as well as reading comprehension.
This article is an excerpt from the LD@school learning module Technology for All: Supporting Students with LDs by Integrating Technology into Classroom Instruction. Click here to access this module. Writing is one of the most complex tasks for all students, and particularly for students with LDs. In this article, we will consider four stages of [...]