Date
19 January 2020

Provide training and support for staff in using new assistive technology

Suggestion for implementing the strategy ‘Planning for the effective use of assistive technology’

Utilise online tutorials

Utilise online tutorials

In this video tutorial, US educator and UDL consultant Kit Hard explains how to use text-to-speech to access digital text across the curriculum.

Invite students to demonstrate the AT's capability

Invite students to demonstrate the AT's capability

Explore short video demonstrations of unfamiliar assistive technologies to understand their value.

Video hosted on Youtube http://youtu.be/AW9WpajFW98

Discuss set up needs with students

Discuss set up needs with students

Take time to establish a shared understanding of why a student has AT and its effective implementation.

Consider:

  • how the device will be stored, moved around the school, and maintained
  • who needs to be trained to use it and who will provide support and maintenance
  • learning tasks that support your student to use the technology and develop the skills they need to use it
  • the skills needed to design learning environments that fit with the assistive technology, for example, accessible online environments
  • ongoing professional development to ensure skills are kept up-to-date and in line with emerging technologies.

Discuss compatibility with school IT

Discuss compatibility with school IT

Support shared understandings.

Encourage the school’s IT team and local technical supports in regional areas to be fully engaged in conversations about how to seamlessly support the learner as they move around their environment.

Teams will need to consider wireless access and access to school software such as Microsoft Office, anti-virus software and curriculum software from the outset.

Ensure clarity around insurance and repairs

Ensure clarity around insurance and repairs

Support shared understandings.

The school is responsible for ensuring the safekeeping and insurance of assistive technology. If the assistive technology is damaged, stolen, or in need of repairs, have a clearly understood process to help get AT fixed quickly.

The MoE’s Insurance and repairs information sheet is a useful starting point.

Useful resources

Useful resources

Next steps

More suggestions for implementing the strategy “Support staff to plan and use AT effectively”:

Return to the guide “Assistive Technology (AT)”

Guide to Index of the guide: Assistive Technology

Strategies for action:

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