Assistive technology can help students in these four ways.
Some students cannot sit still. They have difficulty reading text, regardless of how many words are in front of them. Assistive technology can help. Computers can now read text aloud. As a result, students can quickly grasp new concepts. Reading software is extremely beneficial during English class. Students do not have to ask questions regarding the meaning of new vocabulary words. They can simply tap the word on their screens. The computer will automatically define the word and show how it is pronounced.
Teachers can increase the effectiveness of their lessons by incorporating videos. They can film themselves when they are actively teaching. Afterward, they can upload the videos onto a classroom website. Students can then refer to these videos when they are completing an assignment. They might get confused about new concepts. Watching the videos multiple times will help resolve this confusion. Teachers will no longer have to repeat themselves. Students can also teach themselves when the teacher is not in the classroom. Moreover, teachers can save the videos for future classes.
Some students have problems with their eyesight. They have trouble discerning certain words because of how small they appear. Teachers try to save paper and printer ink by decreasing the font size before printing. They want to fit as many words as possible on a piece of paper. Students no longer need to worry about being unable to see if they have a tablet. They can easily increase the font size by zooming in. Assistive technology helps visually challenged students to fit in with the rest of the class.
Historically, teachers wrote the instructions for homework assignments on the board. They would tell students which pages to read and which questions to answer. Students would then copy down this information onto physical planners. Some students would make copying errors and end up doing the wrong questions. Other students would completely forget to copy down the homework. Assistive technology prevents these two scenarios. Teachers can give out homework instructions by creating blog posts on the classroom website. The information will automatically show up on students’ tablets.
Overall, assistive technology is revolutionizing the way students learn.