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Rebecca McVey
Nick Reply
Fri Jun 19, 2015 22:23
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Nick, I really found myself thinking about the same concepts throughout the week. I completely agree that being able to meet the needs of students with Assistive Technology (AT). Is a great and effective use in the classroom as well as an opportunity for children to excel when they otherwise may struggle. I also completely agree that in a world being driven by technology computer vs. pencil may become less and less of an argument.

Thinking about your question, I do feel like it is important for students to know how to write certain things in pencil. For example, coming from a more adaptive stance, it is important for students to be able to write personal information in case of an emergency as there will not always be a device available. This is especially relevant if the method of writing doubles as the nonverbal student's form of communication. Other than for the situation previously described, I feel that non conventional writing methods are great to use for instruction.

  • AT and Writing Instruction - Nicholas Flippen, Fri Jun 19 20:06
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    • Conventional writing - luckadooso, Sat Jun 20 16:06
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    • Reply to Nicholas Flippen - carsleymm, Sat Jun 20 12:08
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    • Typing vs. Writing - Navila Castro, Sat Jun 20 10:21
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    • Re: AT and Writing Instruction - brownrf, Fri Jun 19 23:30
      I really liked the CO:Writer software too! I thought it was a really cool way for Ashley (and any student using it) to write a whole story and use complete sentences. It was so great how it guessed... more
    • Nick Reply - Rebecca McVey, Fri Jun 19 22:23
    • Reply to Nicholas - Haley Brigman, Fri Jun 19 22:00
      Nicholas, I didn't realize that AT played such a heavy role in instruction for students with ASD. I have some experience in the schools and with students with ASD, and I've never seen AT being used.... more
      • AT - Allison Powers, Fri Jun 19 23:10
        I agree with Becca, some skills that involve pen and paper for everyday life and independence are important. I think we are all hesitant when it comes to incorporating technology into our students'... more
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