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"Tech Time, Power Time" for Inclusion: High-Tech Tools for Empowering Learners




The digital age offers a load of assistive technology (AT) to empower students with special needs. These tools can bridge learning gaps, boost engagement, and unlock a world of communication and expression possibilities.


 

Ready to take the next step towards creating an inclusive classroom? We're hosting a FREE neurodiversity education training event in Pinellas Park, FL on July 8-12th! This immersive workshop will equip educators with practical strategies to unlock the potential of ALL students. Scholarship spots are limited, so register today!


 

Let's explore some readily available, high-tech AT options that can transform your classroom:


Supercharge Comprehension:

  • Text-to-Speech (TTS) Software: Tools like Google Docs with voice typing or built-in TTS features on tablets can convert written text to audio. This is a game-changer for struggling readers, promoting fluency and comprehension.


Empower Written Expression:

  • Speech Recognition Software: Microsoft Dictate or similar programs allow students to speak their thoughts and ideas, converting them into written text. This is a boon for students with dysgraphia or those who struggle with written expression.


Bridge the Communication Gap:

  • Assistive Communication Devices (ACDs): Apps like Proloquo2Go or dedicated AAC devices provide students with non-verbal communication methods through symbols, pictures, and recorded messages.


Boost Learning Engagement:

  • Educational Apps & Games: There's an app for (almost) everything! Explore apps designed for specific learning needs, from building math fluency to practicing social skills. Gamified learning keeps students motivated and reinforces concepts in a fun way.


Popular Tech Picks:

  • Google Tools: Google Docs with voice typing, Google Keep for note-taking, and Google Classroom for managing assignments are just a few of the free resources available in the Google Suite.

  • Microsoft Learning Tools: Immersive Reader in Microsoft Word offers features like text-to-speech, picture dictionaries, and adjustable spacing to enhance reading experiences.

  • Educational Apps: Browse reputable app stores to find gems that target specific learning goals. Look for apps with accessibility features and positive user reviews from educators.


Technology is a powerful tool, but it's not a one-size-fits-all solution. Consider individual student needs and preferences when choosing AT. Provide clear instruction and practice time for students to get comfortable with new tools. You can create a more inclusive learning environment where every student has the opportunity to thrive. These tools can transform challenges into opportunities, fostering independence, confidence, and a love for learning!


Like the idea of high-tech AT? LEARN MORE about how low-tech and no-tech AT can super charge the learning for your kids with diverse needs!








Inclusiveology and Florida's Unique Education Learning Support (F.U.E.L.S.) are bringing inclusive workshops to the Tampa area.


By embracing neurodiversity and fostering a truly inclusive environment, we can unlock the potential of every learner. Join us for our FREE neurodiversity training event on July 8-12th in Pinellas Park, FL. Don't miss this incredible opportunity to learn, connect, and empower your students! Limited scholarship spots are available, so register now! 



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