Today’s class was very eventful and interesting to watch others present their case studies. It was great to learn about all of the different Assistive Technologies available and to see how and whom they are useful for. As well, it was neat to see how people in our course implemented the programs we learned about into their case studies. It seems as though most case studies were successful, which is a great advantage of this course. Not only did we learn about programs through theory, we were able to practice hands on and bring it back to the students who need it most in the classroom.
I really hope that more teachers take courses such as this one so we can all be on board with using technology in the classroom. Assistive Technology is not only useful for our “at risk” students, but all students in the classroom. There seems to be such a disconnect between how much students are using technology at home vs. how much they are using it at school. However, I realize that this is dependent on the school and the student. There needs to be more funding for technology in schools as well as funding for professional development for teachers on the technology.
Overall, the biggest success of this course for me was learning about all of the many features available for students out there that can be implemented into the classroom and what many of my students are missing out on. Not to mention, I am now saving for an iPad and plan to have one by the end of this month!!! J