Assistive Technology involves any use of technology or device to help a student perform and maintain at their highest learning level possible. This can be achieved in many ways. As long as the teacher, student, parents and Special Education team are on top of things, success will be the only thing possible.
Mild disabilities include learning and emotional disabilities and mental retardation. If a student was struggling with reading, an assistive technology product they could use would be a program such as Simon Sounds It Out by Scientific Learning. http://www.mayer-johnson.com/simon-s-i-o-stage-2-1-4-computers-for-mac-windows/?s_kwcid=TC|16135|simon%20sounds%20it%20out||S|p|14806583584&gclid=COW69Ye4k7QCFal7Qgod6EEACw
Teachers are up to date with student’s progress and can monitor growth and keep track of whether this device is working for the students maximum learning. Another interesting device that helps students is the Quicktionary Reading Pen. http://www.amazon.com/Wizcom-WRP2-ReadingPen-Portable-Handheld/dp/B004BD3KTU/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1355266339&sr=8-1&keywords=reading+pen+2
Moderate to Severe Disabilities:
These students need more help in the life skills area. Software that helps them with time management and daily living with money management is a great resource. http://www.attainmentcompany.com/dollars-cents-ipad-app. This website shows a software called Dollars and Cents which can be an ipad app download as well. This allows students more practice with counting money, making change and how to spend money. Alternative keyboards also help these students in their interaction with computers to make the process more enjoyable and less frustrating.
Motor movement is a hard thing for students with physical disabilities. Joysticks attached to the computer make things easier for pointing and clicking as opposed to the regular mouse. Switches as found on http://enablingdevices.com/catalog/capability_switches/best-sellers/jumbo-switches-accessories, make using computers for giving answers much easier as accommodations can be made based on physical disabilities.
For students who are visually impaired products like iZoom are handy to help them function in a classroom setting or computer lab setting and succeed as if there was no impairment. http://www.visioncue.com/screen-readers/iZoom.html. Other websites that offer switches and other sensory interactions are http://enablingdevices.com/catalog/Sensory_Space/Capability_Switches, and http://enablingdevices.com/catalog/Sensory_Space/Visuals.
At-Risk Behaviors/ Situations:
Websites like http://www.brainpop.com/, provide great insight and feedback to students. This motivates at risk students to learn and interact with the online tutorials and games and increase knowledge they could not get from reading a textbook. By allowing them time to engage in online activities they will grasp information more quickly and efficiently.
Gifts and Talents:
Give these students more in depth activities in which to participate. Webquests, web design, presentations and other portfolios or brochures are things they can work on and gain more knowledge that will keep them on their own pace and not be slowed down by work they get bored with. Websites from the textbook that they suggest to aid in gifted and talented ideas are http://www.tip.duke.edu and http://www.hoagiesgifted.org.
Roybler, M. D., & Doering, A. H. (2013). Integrating educational technology into teaching. (6th ed., pp. 405-411). Boston: Pearson.