Saturday, 15 December 2012

Course Summary

This course has truly been an amazing journey.  It has opened my eyes to the power of assistive technology in allowing accessibility to learning for ALL students in today's classrooms and beyond. 

I remember when the first iPad was launched and the words out of my mouth were "Why would someone want to buy a smaller version of a macbook?"  This course has taught me why:

1. iBooks Textbooks:  Today's students have grown up completely immersed in technology.  They need a textbook made for the way they learn.  iBooks textbooks allow students to dive into learning with interactive captions and images, speak selection, 3D graphics and more. 

2. iPad Apps:  iPad apps are expanding the learning experience both inside and outside the classroom.  From interactive lessons to study aids to productivity tools, there's an app for every learner.  Some of the powerful apps that we have been introduced to in the course include Proloquo2Go, Pic Collage, iWordQ, iMovie and Book Creator. 

3.  Apple TV:  With video mirroring, the iPad allows students and teachers to easily share their content with a classroom of students. 

4.  iPad Accessibility Options:  The iPad comes with built in accessibility options that give all students easier access to the curriculum.  These options include: voiceover, zoom, inversion of colours, tactile buttons, speak selection and dictation.  

5.  Affordability:  Never has their been an instrument that has made Assistive Technology so affordable for learners.  

6.  Portability:  The iPad is lightweight, can be easily carried from class to class, and weighs from 0.68 to 1.5 lbs.  

7.  Independence:  The features of the iPad allow ALL students to be independent learners  in the classroom. 

I leave you with this quote that I posted on my very first blog entry: 

"For people without disabilities, technology makes things easier.  For people with disabilities, technology makes things possible"

1 comment:

  1. Love your quote - very true. Now we have the tools to help make things possible! Have a great Christmas break!