Educational and Assistive Technology Fosters Self Directedness and Independent Learning
2 Tools That Support These Goals:
Bookly is a reading tool that fosters both self-directedness and independent learning. As the app tracks numbers of pages read as well as reading speed, this helps students self-direct how much they must read each day, and also may encourage them to read faster. Also in Bookly, students may highlight quotes and write comments on the pages, which helps them learn independently. These tools help students when they return to the reading material or use it to write papers and work on projects. All this helps students independently engage in critically thinking through texts.
Quizlet is a popular study app that allows students to create their own quizzes, flashcards, challenges and questions to use themselves or to use collaboratively with other students. Creating quizzes and flashcards helps students independently and self-directedly take ownership of thier own learning. The process helps them to retain material. Students may then study independently or with other students from the materials they have created.
One of the most helpful types of educational technology is assistive technology, or technology for students with disabilties.
Two types of assistive technology teachers may find helpful in the classroom:
Text-to-Speech Assistive Software
This software helps children who have trouble reading print for various reasons. These may include blindness, dyslexia, or other types of visual impairment or learning disabilities. This technology may also be helpful for students with autism, ADHD, and other processing disorders. Text-to-Speech software scans and then reads words to students. There are a number of highly effective text-to-speech products on the market, including CaptiVoice, NaturalReader, and Murf.
Assistive Listening Systems
Assistive listening systems help students who are deaf or hard of hearing, or who have a variety of auditory and learning difficulties. These systems work by using a microphone, a transmission technology, and a device to capture sounds and bring them to the ear. This process can enhance the effectiveness of hearing aids and chochlear implants. There are several different systems available, using a variety of transmission technology, but all may be helpful in assessing students with auditory difficulties. Some of these include sound-field systems, infared systems, or FM systems.