Tools for a More Inclusive Classroom
According to research, disabled children are three times more likely to be bullied and six times more likely to experience violence than their classmates. If you’re an educator, you have the power to change this. By making your classroom more inclusive, you can help prevent disabled children from being bullied and feeling left out. Here are a few tools that make sure your classroom is inclusive to everyone.
Dictation is a technology that turns text into speech, and it is available on many different platforms. It’s most commonly used with Siri on Apple devices. Dictation allows students to take notes without worrying if they are able to type fast enough and is incredibly helpful for students who have a hard time typing or writing. Students can talk into their device and text will display on the screen as they speak. The application helps students be able to finish their homework and projects more easily.
Microsoft Immersive Reader
Immersive Reader is a tool that is built into Microsoft apps to help students learn to read. It uses techniques that have been proven to teach students to read and write. The tool can read text out loud, break words into syllables, and provide visual layout options, such as spacing between lines and letters or color themes. Along with the tool’s teaching techniques, it can also be very useful for students who have difficulty seeing.
Live captions are captions that appear as someone is speaking. Up until recently, captions only appeared on films and videos that were already recorded. Now there’s technology that allows everyone to understand what someone is saying in real-time. This is especially important for students who are hard of hearing or deaf and cannot hear their teacher. These students are able to understand everything their teacher says without needing an interpreter.
Microsoft Math Assistant
Math Assistant is another tool that is built into Microsoft OneNote. It’s like Immersive Reader, but it helps teach students math instead of reading and writing. The tool can turn hand-written equations into text and outline the solution steps, so students can learn how to answer the equations on their own without having to ask their teacher. For students who have anxiety and don’t feel comfortable raising their hand in class, this can help them learn math more easily.
With several of these tools having integration with Microsoft platforms, it is important to ensure your tech is compatible with this brand. Able IT Pros is partnered with Microsoft and can make sure your students will be able to use the Microsoft applications they need.
Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Device or App
Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) is a technology that helps someone who is non-verbal communicate. If a student is not able to speak or has a hard time expressing themself verbally, an AAC is essential to be able to communicate with them. The AAC features buttons with words and/or pictures, and it will read the words out loud when the student pushes them. This makes it a lot easier for non-verbal students to communicate with their teacher and classmates without feeling left out.