It is hard to disagree with the the numbers and the experts. I remember in 2008 advocating for the inclusion of computer support in classrooms that had students with specific learning disabilities. I was a resource teacher trying to support children in 3 grades, with about a 10 different classrooms and general education teachers. It was a worthy challenge. With the support of the reading specialist, a progressive administration, and funding from a generous PTA, the students were able to… Continue
Added by Garland ( Landie) Callanan on March 30, 2014 at 9:15pm —
I feel this picture very accurately represents my level of excitement for a paperless future.… Continue
Added by Ben Watkins on March 28, 2014 at 1:00pm —
I believe that assistive technology is appropriate for some students at different times and as applied to specific projects, depending on what the desired outcome of the learning is. As we consider the varied modalities of learners I think we must diversify experiences for students, so that those who learn better through assistive technology will have the opportunity to do so; however, I am not in favor of abandoning textbooks rapidly for all students. We must meet each student where… Continue
Added by Wendy Prioleau on March 27, 2014 at 4:19pm —
I think that most people would agree that it helps some students, especially those with needs/ assistance, however, people make excuses and throw out negative comments because of all that education requires of us- not being technology savy, time constraints, etc.
Added by Hope Stone on March 27, 2014 at 4:19pm —
My first reaction was that the more things change the more they stay the same. Societies were resistant to paper, then to ball point pens, and now we see some resistance to technology. I thought the seat belt analogy was very appropriate and easy to relate to. However, skeptical by nature, theory and reality don't always match up in the classroom.
Added by Betsy Cummings on March 27, 2014 at 4:18pm —
-The video made a great analogy of using the seatbelt. As the seatbelt is to my safety in the car, technology is to student achievement in the classroom. Student achievement needs to be supported by assistive technology.
-The quote that was used referring to doing the same thing but expecting different results stuck with me. Technology is the change that will make the difference in student achievement results.
-The reasons why people and schools are… Continue
Added by Alyssa on March 27, 2014 at 4:18pm —
I feel that students need to be provided opportunitiesa to learn that best fits their learning needsl. We should not use techology just to use it, but technology should be used to make learning accessable to all students based on their needs. Multiple levels are technology can be used.
Added by Carol E Connor on March 27, 2014 at 4:18pm —
I felt a little bit like a fuddy- duddy at first when I saw the quote "Ball point pens will be the ruin of education." Honestly, I sometimes still feel this way, even 75 years later! Pens are so permanent, and my students need a chance to made mistakes, try again, and fix their errors, in a literal and metaphorical sense.
I can see the analogy, that computers are the ballpoint pens of our era. However, I don't think my students rely on computers int he same way that we rely on a… Continue
Added by Nicole St. Clair- Stewart on March 27, 2014 at 4:17pm —
Assistive technology is all encompassing and beneficial to all types of learners. Assistive technology is a tool that enables learners to access information. It is not a short cut or an easy way out. Assistive technology is a support that helps meet the educational needs of every type of learner as shown in The Case Against Assistive Technology. Ii believe it should be used in conjunction with texts and other classroom tools in order to provide students with a rich and varied learning… Continue
Added by Kristen Campbell on March 27, 2014 at 4:16pm —
After watching the video "The Case Against Assistive Technology" I can't help but think that many people still view as Assistive Technology as "cheating" and by extension, that UDL is also cheating. Though imperative to do so, it is challenging to change a mindset regarding HOW learning must occur. And there are social barriers within a building as well. Though I am fully supportive of UDL, not two days ago I found myself saying "no" to a student who wanted to use his cell phone to look up a… Continue
Added by Kellie Scott Mullins on March 27, 2014 at 4:15pm —
I thought that the most interesting point was the quote, "we are preparing our kids for jobs that aren't even created yet." I had read that there are a ton of new jobs that didn't exist in 2004, but that quote really hit home for me. Technology is a part of our everyday life, it might not be in yours but I know it is in mine, and even more so in future generations. How can we say we are preparing our kids for the future when we aren't providing them with things and skills they will need in the… Continue
Added by Ashley Link on March 27, 2014 at 4:15pm —
It was interesting that every generation thought the students weren't properly prepared. The students wouldn't be able to succeed because they relied to heavily on one tool. Technology can help many students succeed in today's classroom as long as it is used appropriately.
Added by James Marthe on March 27, 2014 at 4:14pm —
In every era there are new assistive technologies and people will have criticisms about them. People need to be open minded about changes and not fear these changes. The video referenced that the top 10 jobs of 2010 didn't exist in 2004. The clear reality is that we are going to be educating for an unknown world. If the resources are available to reach more students and make more students successful we need as educators to embrace them, get rid of the what we have always done mentality and… Continue
Added by Carrie Reeve on March 27, 2014 at 4:14pm —
The movie was compelling in terms of the graphics and sound. I do agree that in order to meet the needs of all our learners we need to offer other ways to present our content. However, I believe that we have to be careful to not push technology so much that we forget about the basics and importance of the written word and penmanship. So many students don't know to write in cursive anymore which is sad. Now if we only give them technology to replace paper and pencil, then we are creating a… Continue
Added by Lauren Kimble on March 27, 2014 at 4:13pm —
Seatbelts were not used by many people until it became a law to wear them. So not everyone is going to feed into technology until required (forced). I agree that we are teaching kids that will use technology that is invited yet. Technology is a great resource for all students to learn but it is even more hopefully for kids with learning disablitlties.
Added by Jessica Miller on March 27, 2014 at 4:13pm —
This video shows the importance of using technology in the classroom. People are often scared to do things a different way, even if the new way is beneficial. Just as seat belts improved auto safety, technology will improve classroom instruction if people were willing to give it a chance. Our goal in this project is to be some of the first teachers to take that leap and begin using the technology consistently in the classroom. Hopefully, we can inspire other teachers and increase the percentage… Continue
Added by Amanda Hughes on March 27, 2014 at 4:12pm —
The biggest case against assist ice technology wasn't covered in the video. The difference with digital assisting technology and the previous advancements with education is that the people most in need of digital education are the teachers. There hasn't been this big of a gap in generations.
Added by Stephen Smith on March 27, 2014 at 4:11pm —
The Case Against Assistive Technology explained how UDL and the use of technology will make a positive difference in the class.
Added by Kimberly Miller on March 27, 2014 at 4:08pm —
The case against assistive technology by Lisa Carey had all words and images but not text speech. The text speech would have made it easier to maintain attention to the video for me.
Added by Julie on March 27, 2014 at 4:08pm —
The images and technology point out that all things were new once. The statement "we've always done it that way" being negative was very appropriate. The information was chosen to illustrate how foolish it is to resist change.
Added by Kirstan Banfield on March 27, 2014 at 4:00pm —