Technology and Disabled Students

In our current tier of ever-advancing technological society, of course our students are also affected but the steady climb of what becomes considered common, everyday technology.

Often, disabled students are in the same class despite their various abilities or inabilities to completely comprehend the material being taught. Therefore, they are not learning at the same level.

This is why using software designed for disabled students is such a good idea, most likely more so than technology in the classroom designed for students who do not have disabilities and who are all primarily on the same educational level. With disabled students and technology, individual students are able to learn at their own pace and the instructor is then able–judging by what he or she knows the individual student is capable of, and can grade the work accordingly.

In addition, the instructor can keep much better track of his or her student’s progress by keeping records of all of the individual students work on a hard drive and back-up disks. This is also a way to teach the students how to organize their files neatly.

Many programs, even those that are not as advanced technologically as those of the other students and make it easy for them to put different files in different folders depending on the subject–and further organize his or her assignments with other folders marked by the exercise. They can even go as far as to learn programs that teach how to save old files that have been improved such as English papers or book reports that have been revised from the original version they wrote after the material was reviewed.

Balance:

As a teacher, it is difficult to instruct a class composed of students who learn at all different levels to make the lesson interesting enough that they do not bore the more advanced students–which often makes them “tune out”–and, by the same token, they do not confuse and frustrate the children who are slower at learning and require more time to reach an understanding of the material being taught. It is virtually impossible for any teacher to do so.

The main point is that technology and disabled students is almost becoming an essential part of teaching mentally handicapped children. And although technology is also helping advance other learning– i.e. learning for students without mental handicaps, without disabilities, is still a very effective method of teaching. But it does take away from the actual teaching itself, and for some teachers that is a sad thing. When the computers do most of the instructing, the teacher, of course, does less.

Be choosy in the kinds of computer software you purchase for your students. Some software for technology and disabled students is quite effective, contains a long warranty and allows the students to get the most possible benefit.

On the other side of the spectrum, certain computer software and other technological learning devices are without warrantee and are of lesser quality. Therefore these kinds of programs can unfortunately be a waste of money, even if they are less expensive. Check out consumer reports on technological software before you purchase any program. You want the very best for your disabled students.