Assistive Technology for Reading and Writing: A Practical Guide to Selecting and Implementing Tools for Struggling Students
With technology matched to their personal learning strengths and challenges, struggling students can enjoy improved academic performance, increased independence, and greater self-confidence. Successful outcomes, however, require more than just knowledge about tools. How do you “make it happen”?
This 3-hour workshop will provide education professionals with a practical understanding of how to build comprehensive — and effective — Assistive Technology (AT) solutions for students with reading and writing challenges. Through lecture, demonstrations, and some light hands-on activities, Assistive Technology Consultant Shelley Haven will guide attendees through strategies for selecting, implementing, and supporting technology solutions that “work” (i.e., produce the desired results) for their clients and students, including:
- Demonstrations of how specific technology features (capabilities) address challenges associated with reading (fluency, comprehension, critical thinking, and taking notes) and with writing (composition, writing mechanics, and producing legible text).
- Strategies for applying tools to accomplish common academic tasks (e.g., take notes while reading, brainstorm ideas prior to writing, complete a worksheet)
- Strategies for acquiring, creating, and sharing accessible educational materials for use with these reading and writing tools
- Protocols for objectively evaluating the effectiveness of technology accommodations for reading and writing.