Coming into this week, I was reflecting on my interactions with Assistive Technology, and aside from the FM systems, I didn’t think I had much experience with it.
It was after reading Tyson’s blog, that I realized that I have worked with many more things, including PECs binders, wiggle seats, visual timers, as well as fidgets among other items in order to better help the students I work with.
Heidi’s blog, had me considering some other questions this week, when she mentioned that assistive technology can be for all learners. This had me considering, what are things that I use as a learner which help me to focus/learn in a concise way? What are things I already do to support learners in my space? And- what else could I be incorporating to support all of the learners I am working with?
For myself as a learner, I HATE sitting still for long periods of time. It is helpful for me to be in a comfortable space, and have the ability to move, if those things are not possible, it is important for me to have the ability to tap my toes, and if there is something I can fidget with, I will do it!
When I think about things I am currently doing for my students, my mind immediately goes to Literacy groups. I make stations, we move from place to place, and change the focus of our brains (switch the type of activity we are doing), we change the mediums we work with (whiteboards, magnetic letters, pencils), and I like to incorporate at least one station of listening to reading, so my students can see and hear the words being spoken. I allow students to stand if it is difficult for them to focus while sitting.
However, I’m wondering, who am I missing? What else can I be incorporating to assist my learners? I’ve noticed one child I work with has difficulty distinguishing colours, are there different mediums and specific things I could incorporate to ensure they’re not missing out?
What are you doing to incorporate assistive technologies for all of your students? I’d love to hear your thoughts and suggestions!