3d – Adapt and Assist

“Select, evaluate, and facilitate the use of adaptive and assistive technologies to support student learning” – ISTE Coaching Indicator 3d

When considering ISTE Coaching Indicator 3d, I took a somewhat narrow approach. The indicator calls for adaptive and assistive technologies to support student learning.  I choose to focus on those whose need is potentially the greatest when it comes to “adaptive” and “assistive” technologies. In my post…“All Aboard!”- Accessibilty Guidelines and Digital Leadership Coaching I point out that 13% of the entire school population have some sort of disability.  Within that 13%, no less than 35% have a specific learning disability. In total, we are talking about 6.5 million students ages 3-21. In the post, I consider the ramifications of the law as it applies to people with disabilities and reference sources for determining what, exactly, is required when it comes to digital education and legal compliance.  I also look at steps schools can take to help students with learning disabilities by examining the National Center for Universal Design for Learning’s UDL Guidelines, and then consider the role technology might play in that process.

Student support and implementing adaptive and assistive technologies are crucial parts of any educational institution. By being intentional in this process and being in full compliance with the law, schools can more fully meet the mission they were designed for. It is up to the digital education leaders to make sure that schools are aware of this often-overlooked component of their digital program.