AT (Assistive Technology)

Some of these are specifically for special education students and may require documentation of a specific disability and/or deficit for the student to be eligible, but all teachers should be aware of them nonetheless. These are for reading, but can be beneficial for all content areas and grade levels.

Bookshare Hint: Open this in Google Chrome web browser. This is an online digital library for students with specific “print disabilities” (generally reading disabilities, dyslexia, occasionally visual impairments, etc.). To learn more about student eligibility, click. Your school should have a Lead Digital Rights Manager (at least that’s what we’re called in Fairfax County) with an “organization” account that can add teacher and student accounts. If you have a student with this need, find out who the Lead DRM is at your school, because they are your in-house experts. For additional training, Bookshare training and resources has several videos, tutorials, and step-by-step guides on how to use and navigate the site. They also frequently have webinars to learn more about Bookshare and for teachers needing training on how to implement Bookshare as a tool in their school.

Learning Ally is another resource for online/digital print for students with disabilities. Students must also qualify for an account to be eligible for this tool. The books available are human-narrated, which is often much easier to understand and follow than computer generated voices. Learning Ally also has great resources for teachers and parents. Even if your school and/or students do not have accounts on Learning Ally, educators can benefit from the muLtitude of resources on the site.

Google VoiceTyping is a resource that can be accessed through Google Docs. Students can use this to help compose written assignments. This is especially helpful for students that have difficulty with spelling because when they say the words it is transcribed for them. It also allows students the get their ideas out as they think of them because their typing speed (or lack thereof) often results in students forgetting what they were trying to write/type mid-sentence.