Fundamentals of Assistive Technology in Education
With the increased number of students diagnosed with specific learning differences and the wide variety of assistive technologies recommended to them, there is a clear gap in the technologies recommended and the skills required to train the students in these technologies. This course will help educators gain a core understanding of how these assistive technologies work in order to maximise their students’ academic potential. This is an Engineers Ireland accredited CPD event. Established in 1835, Engineers Ireland is one of the longest established professional bodies in Ireland and the UK.
The course will cover the following primary assistive technology areas:
➤ Narration Technologies.
➤ Note-taking Technologies.
➤ Speech Recognition Technologies.
➤ Mind Mapping Technologies.
➤ Mathematics Writing Technology.
Following the successful completion of this course, participants will have broadened their knowledge of assistive technologies which should enable them to identify suitable technology interventions for students with specific learning differences like dyslexia and dyspraxia. The technologies can also be applied to benefit mainstream teaching and learning. In the case of teachers work, these technologies may significantly reduce time in the composition of lesson plans, reports, research papers and theses.
This is an online workshop where participants are required to have a Windows 10 or Mac computer, a suitable internet connection, a computer speaker and a microphone. A notebook and pen is also an imperative requirement. The course format would entail presentations and demonstrations.
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The instructor for the training course has over 12 years experience in teaching assistive technology to audiences from primary to third level education as well as the corporate sector. He holds an honours degree in Computer Science and a Masters degree in Computer Science from University College Cork, Ireland. He is also accredited as an Assistive Technology Professional with Resna which is one of the leading assistive technology professional bodies.
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