Words on a page can tell stories, paint pictures in our minds, and allow others to know our thoughts. However, for students with disabilities, the process of allowing those thoughts to flow onto the page may be difficult or even impossible. In Writing Composition - WATI - Part I, the discussion centered on the assistive technology (AT) assessment process. In this module, the process continues in terms of product selection, data collection, and implementation. Throughout the module the term assessment will be used instead of evaluation. Assessment is defined as: "A group of activities conducted to determine a student's specific needs" (Reed, 2009, p. 1).
This process is intended to elicit thoughtful consideration and selection of tools as well as set up a plan for implementation and follow-up. The selection of a tool is important, but the services provided to learn to use the tools are equally as important. The entire process is an interconnectedness of student, product, production, data collection, maintenance, follow-up dates, and continual reassessment.
Estimated Time to Complete: 2 hours
- What's Included
- 34 pages
- Optional $20 certficate
- Identify 3 factors that are of importance when beginning the selection of an AT tool for written composition.
- Identify 2-3 low-tech options for students.
- Describe the differences between software, apps, and extensions.
- Explain the components required for a successful implementation plan.
- Create 2-4 questions that a team should generate as part of a follow-up plan.
- Identify 4 potential barriers interfering with the use of the chosen technology and brainstorm potential solutions.
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