Assistive Technology

I count myself lucky to be a special education teacher because I get to work with some of the most amazing students and teachers EVER! That may seem a little biased, but I’m pretty sure it’s true haha! The teachers at my school are amazing cheerleaders for our students, they give a voice to the voiceless. As special education teachers we are always looking for ways to even the playing for our kiddos in comparison to the “typical” student.

One of the ways we are able to accomplish this goal is through assistive technologies (AT). These are low-tech and high tech devices that allow our students to; read, write, speak, creatively think, and so much more. These devices make it easier for our students to gain their independence. I recently used the program VoiceThread to create a presentation on assistive technologies. In this presentation I have highlighted: uses for AT, different types of AT, what the future of AT looks like and more.

Here is a link to view the presentation: Assistive Technologies Presentation 

I have also created a script for the video if you would like to follow along with that as well.

While researching more about assistive technology, I came across some pretty amazing websites and resource that you should check out when you can:

  • If you don’t have time to look at any other resource this article from Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATiA) is your go to, it pretty much answers any and all questions you could ever have about AT.
  • The website Autism Helper is a great website with plethora of free resources.
  • This webpage from American Council of the Blind, is an extensive list on different resources and organizations that will help with AT funding.
  • If you’ve never even heard of AT and are thinking what is this crazy women rambling about, well here is a very simplified informational video.





Adobe SparkVideo Web Tool 2.0

During a project for my SLM class, I recently discovered Adobe SparkVideo and I am in love! This tool is so useful and will be an amazing resource in my classroom. There are three different types of media you can make with this program: a page, post, and a video. I think the video feature is what I will use most in the classroom, but I can definitely see a use for all three.

So, to become more familiar with this program I decided to make a video project for my students. I wanted to make something I could use right away. We are currently learning about musical opposites so I decided to make a video on loud and soft sounds. The project is geared towards students at a Kindergarten/First grade level. I wanted to first introduce the subject to them and then add some musical concepts in as well. I’ll be using this video as an introduction to the concept and then I am hoping to have the students make a similar (scaled down) version of the video presentation. I think my kiddos will really love using this tool!

I’m going to embed the video tho this post so you can have an idea of what my project looks like and some of the things you can do with SparkVideo. If you’re interested in learning more about SparkVideo or want to try the program for yourself, here is a link to Adobe SparkVideo website.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I do and can use it as a resource in your classroom.