Wednesday, July 31, 2019

High-Leverage Practice 19: Instruction

I am going to discuss High-Leverage Practices as mentioned on the CEC website organized around four aspects of practice. I hope you will join in the conversation!

HLP19 Use assistive and instructional technologies.

Assistive technology devices are defined in the IDEA 2004 as:
“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 the functional capabilities of children with disabilities.”

There are so many low and high technology tools that can be used in a classroom to help my students. Just like glasses help a person see better, these tools help the student learn better. If asked by other students why one student might have this tool, I explain that just like we eat different foods because our body might need different nutrients, our brain might need different tools so that we can all learn the

Low tech tools might include:
·      Pencil grips
·      Post-it notes
·      Base ten blocks
·      Alphabet blocks
·      Alphabet magnets
·      Adapted cup
·      Highlighter
·      Washi tape
·      Index cards

High tech tools might include
·      Calculator
·      Spell checker
·      Augmentative communication device
·      Computer
·      Laptop
·      Digital timers
·      Recording device

What assistive technology tools do you use in your classroom? Please share.

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