Greg Guy ED 505 July 4, 2012 Assistive Technology Paper Assistive technology is a great tool to allow all students and equal opportunity to have success in the classroom. Not all students learn the same way or at the same rate, so it is important to find tools and ideas to allow all students the opportunity to succeed. The thousands of new tools that have been made available to students and teachers because of technology make it a great deal easier to help all students learn in the best way possible. It is important for teachers to identify and become familiar with their students and the assistive technology used by their students. If the teacher better understands the technology being used they can better form their teaching and their lessons to accommodate their students. The range of assistance varies from student to student so it is important find ways to use technology that benefit all students. There are varying degrees of assistance needed by students to be able to succeed. Being familiar with your students is the most important thing in allowing students to give their best chance of success. Teachers must know their students and in what ways they learn the best so that the teacher can adapt lessons to ensure student success. There are all types of student assistance so that is why it is so vital to know what level of assistance is needed by their students. Students with mild disabilities often only need small accommodations to allow them to be successful. Assistive technology with a student with mild disabilities can be as simple as printing out notes for a visual impaired student or allowing students with writing difficulties to use a word processor to complete their work instead of having to hand written the assignments. Some students have more significant disabilities that can cause some them some major issues in the classroom. There are many great assistive technologies to help students with more significant issues. Teachers can use a system of hand signals for students that have speech problems to allow the students to be able to more easily communicate. There are also new types of voice recognition software to non-verbal or limited verbal students to more easily be able to communicate with their teachers and their peers. There are also many new types of technology for students with physical disabilities. A GTEkeyboaord is an on-screen keyboard that can make it easier for students with physical disabilities to work than the traditional keyboard. Adaptive furniture such as desk or chairs is also important in allowing a student with a physical disability to be comfortable in the classroom. Students with sensory disabilities can need a varied range of assistance to allow them to be successful in the classroom. Students with vision problems may need some assistive voice software that can read material on a computer screen to them verbally because they may not be able to see the text well enough to read it. However, for a school that may not able to accommodate students with verbal reading of text there are computers that allow students to enlarge text so that is easier to read. Behavioral issues can often the most difficult thing to manage in a classroom. One tool that can be used is an electronic organizer to help keep the students on task. Often times when students act up are when they do not have anything to do or do not know what to do. The organizer can keep them on task and keep them busy. Frustration can also be a main reason for behavior issues so handheld computers can quickly assist students to help them avoid frustration. Another difficult area to accommodate in a classroom can be gifted and talented students. However, technology has been very important in helping teachers better accommodate these students. A virtual learning environment can be a great tool for these students because they can be constantly challenged with new assignments in reading, researching, drawing, and other types of assignments. Technology has played a major role in allowing teachers to help their students learn in the best way possible. Teachers are constantly looking for new ways to present information to their students. Technology has been huge in helping teachers find the best possible way to present information so that all students have the opportunity to obtain the knowledge. The varied new forms of assistive technology allow all students a more equal opportunity be able to be successful in the classroom.