LBS 850 – Week 8 Adaptive Technology

I’m the guy who does the Bookshare distribution in my school, and I have to say that it’s pretty rough. The books are read in monotone and I can’t imagine being able to sit and listen to them. I can get through about a page without wanting to shoot myself in the face. Just sayin’.

Outside of the aforementioned and inadequate Bookshare that my school uses, we don’t really do almost anything for adaptive technology. We have old cruddy netbooks available to take home that could theoretically allow users to see text in larger fonts, but are never used. We have old Kindles that were never used and therefore no longer work because the batteries are dead. We also pay for some of the textbooks to be available as audiobooks, but those haven’t been updated for three years and have been used a grand total of once. How we could possibly say this serves the needs of our special education population is beyond me, but we weren’t written up for it in our last NEAS&C report, so it won’t be addressed for a while.

When I observed at New Bedford Voke, they had a limited number of books-on-CD that were read by actual actors/authors. They were always paired with the print version of the books, so the student could read while listening. I thought this was a fantastic idea, as it allowed the student to read the book while listening … a way to engage multiple learning styles at the same time.

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