Assistive tech tools can help ensure curriculum impacts all students

Educators may be hesitant to bring assistive technology into classrooms because of confusion on how the tools will be used, but it is key to helping all students across a range of abilities reach their full potential, Jennifer Sullivan, an adjunct instructor who has spent 16 years in both K-12 and higher ed, writes for Edutopia.Some teachers may think of these tools as cheating, but they are no more assistive than glasses, filling a need for many students. Others may also believe assistive tech is expensive, but some tools, like guided reading strips, can be extremely affordable.For educators who see these tools as adding more work to their plates, Sullivan points out that many options, like video captioning, are simply added with a click of a button — and can also be used by students with learning disabilities as well as those facing physical challenges. Finally, they should note assistive tech can be used at home as well as in school, and that using it first in the classroom may also help students incorporate it elsewhere in their lives.

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