Introduction to Technology: General, Instructional, and Assistive Technologies What types of technology do YOU use every day? Categories School Entertainment Home Extracurricular Now let’s think about the PURPOSE of the technology we use…. General Informational/Instructional Assistive Assistive Technology • Federal Definition: “…any item, piece of equipment or product system, whether acquired commercially off the shelf, modified, or customized, that is used to increase, maintain, or improve functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities.” [20 U.S.C. Chapter 33, Section 1401 (250)] • In other words, a broad term referring to any kind of technology that helps people with disabilities function more effectively Information Technology (IT) Refers to anything related to computing technology, such as networking, hardware, software, the Internet, or the people that work with these technologies Let’s take a look at IT and AT merged…. Digital book showing technology increasing knowledge of content, increasing skills, and increasing function! General Categories (All Technology) Informational/ Instructional Assistive Where do these technologies belong? • • • • • • • • • • • Google calendar Photoshop Facebook Headphones Alternate keyboards Clickers SMART Board Paper overlays Scan read and write software Speech recognition software Fax machine • • • • • • • • • • • Alarm clock Screen magnification Cell phone LCD projector Microwave Xbox iPad Computer Microsoft Office Printers Handheld audio readers This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License.