In reviewing several colleague provided articles I’ve come to several conclusions in the forms of connecting to the material, extending the material and challenging the material.
In the article “How Technology Is Helping Special-Needs Students Excel” (http://www.edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2013/03/how-technology-helping-special-needs-students-excel) the idea of breaking down walls with mobile assistive technology was brought up. Most recently my dealings with assistive technology has been centered around ELLs but this article made me think back to my time working with Special Education students. The Article brought up how students were previously tethered to a desk before mobile assistive technology existed and my experience just a short three years ago was with wired technology which makes me wonder, just how wide spread and accessible is this technology? Can this mobile technology also be adapted for ELLs? I believe as we move forward in creating this technology that it will ultimately be able to meet a wider range of students and will be able to be used by not only Special Education students but by ELLs as well.
As I previously stated I feel that this technology can be used to meet a wider range of students and it will be most beneficial when it reaches mass production and use. I feel that liberating students who have physical complications will allow them to not only participate more fully in the classroom but it will also help them better engage in and participate in the world at large. This is a milestone in education and assistive technology.
Are these devices final products, what can be done to make them more affordable and if these are final products rather than outdating them with newer models can they be firmware upgradeable to keep them affordable and up to date? Furthermore as we expand the technology how can we create assistive technology that recognizes and assists ELLs as they come to master a second language and employ it in their daily lives?