Technology is popping up more and more in all types of classrooms from elementary schools to colleges. However, one of the places where it can have the most impact is in the special education classroom where children really connect to audio and visual methods of learning. There is numerous technological help that classrooms can use that sell at all budget levels, but here are five of the most popular and best options for many teachers and students.
Text to Speech Devices
These devices turn difficult-to-read textbooks into easier audio options for students with visual problems or with dyslexia. This has also proven helpful for students who have difficulty paying attention in class. New text-to-speech models provide very lifelike read-back.
Speech Recognition Devices
This device is nearly the opposite from the previous option yet is wonderful for students who have difficulty writing due to physical issues or spelling due to intellectual or learning disabilities. With this technology, students can dictate into the device, which will then turn the speech into text.
A talking calculator uses audio to tell the user every key that was pressed and to provide an audio answer to the problem. It can be good for those who struggle with math or who struggle with fine motor skills.
Spell checker technology on school computers or tablets can help students write accurate papers even if they are not good with spelling. A talking spell checker provides audio cues to help students choose the correct words for their papers.
Of course, the specific technology that would be most helpful in any classroom is best decided by the individual teacher after he or she determines what needs the students have. Those with physical disabilities will have far different needs than those with learning disabilities do. However, many of these students benefit exponentially from having devices to help them solve math problems, read books, spell words and write papers. With assistive technology, many of these students will immediately begin to thrive in school.