Learning Success with One Tool? I think not!
I receive LOTS of advertisements for education technology. One such advertisement claimed that they sold the one tool that would yield student success. I know that some technology does fit the needs of a wide array of students. We find that kind of fit in technology that can be customized, like a computer, a wheelchair or some types of AAC hardware. The thing is, no one tool can do all things for all students, no matter how flexible it is. The beginning of a school year is a great time to take a fresh look at students and evaluate their needs based upon their environment and what tasks they are being asked to perform. The SETT Framework is an easy guide to help guide educators as they think through the process of determining what assistive technology will best facilitate the student’s needs. SETT = Student, Environment, Tasks,and Tools. It is a framework. There is no specific protocol that must be followed. You use the SET information to decide on the (T)ools. Joy Smiley-Zabala, Ed.D., creator of this framework describes it like this, “The SETT Framework is a four part model intended to promote collaborative decision-making in all phases of assistive technology service design and delivery from consideration through implementation and evaluation of effectiveness.” Dr. Zabala Detailed information on how to use the SETT Framework can be found on Dr. Zabala’s Homepage: http://www.joyzabala.com/ A flowchart/guide can also be found on the icam page under DRM info.
Dr. Zabala will once again be presenting at the PATINS State Conference! She will be presenting a session on Accessible Instructional Materials (AIM) on Monday, November 4th. Tuesday, November 5th she will discuss “What It Means to Buy Accessible” and participate in a panel discussion on Universal Design for Learning (UDL).
What happens on the internet in 60 seconds.
It seems like there has been an explosion of great infographics recently. Here is a link to one that I found interesting.
Choice Board Creator (free) allows you to create customized communication boards for AAC users. You can insert pictures of objects from your own iPad camera roll so the student has pictures of their own toys or home to choose when communicating. The board can also be customized to show 1,2,3,4, or 6 choices. Click HERE for more information.
The Indiana Deafblind Services Project and the Indiana School for the Deaf are holding a free Transition Conference on Friday, September 6th, 2013. It will be at the Indiana School for the Deaf, 1200 E. 42nd St., Indianapolis, IN from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. You must register for the conference by August 21st. The title for the conference is “Planning with Students who are Deafblind and their Families for Successful Transitions to Adult Life” and will be conducted by David Wiley from the Texas Deafblind Project.
For more information or if you have any questions, please contact Lisa Poff at Lisa.Poff@indstate.edu.