“While AT includes a set of federally mandated services and equipment for students with disabilities, the term also refers to valuable tools and strategies for including students with a wide range of learning styles in classroom activities. AT can be a triangular pencil grip, a talking calculator, a larger computer monitor, or a voice amplifier for a teacher with vocal cord strain. All these examples reflect the individual nature of assessing when and how a device will make teaching and learning more effective — as well as the benefits of many kinds of assistive technologies to people without disabilities.” (Wahl, 2003)
I am currently in an educational technology class through the University of Phoenix and found out about a few free web based assistive technology extensions that can be added to your browser for free to help our students with a wide variety of abilities. This week I wanted two of my low visions students to experiment using Scrible when paired with low vision magnification software. In this instance, my students were pairing Scrible with ZoomText in order access a research project on the Missouri State Fair for their social studies class.
How Scribble Works For the Typically Sighted Student:
Here is the webiste and video at the Scrible website to see how it works.
The Scribble Extension looks a bit like the photo presented below when the typical user or when a user with typical vision is using it within a website. Users can take highlight parts of texts, make notes for key parts with a notepad feature.
One of the best and most interactive features about Scrible is that it lets students collaborate with teachers and their peers through “Share it” feature where they can share their notes and key parts of their readings via Email, Twitter or Facebook.
Scribble Toolbar with ZoomText Video. Please note the Magnification level on ZoomText can be increased to 12x not just 2.5x. If the video below does not load for you, you can find it on YouTube at the following link: https://youtu.be/0lh5k8JdVkM
Wahl, L. (2003). Assistive Technology: Enhanced Learning for All. Retrieved December 19, 2016, from https://www.edutopia.org/assistive-technology-enhances-learning-all