Interesting research! Need to train our students in the appropriate device they will be using for testing! www.edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2016/08/test-takers-continue-face-challenges-when-using-some-technology
Could you please take and share a quick 10 question (multiple choice) survey for an upcoming presentation I’m performing regarding the use of handwriting/writing assistive technology supports? It’d be greatly appreciated.
Molly Shannon, MS, OTR/L, ATP
Fantastic resource about Amazon Echo by Luis Perez @luisperezonline.com
Amazon describes the Echo as a hands-free, voice-controlled device that uses Alexa (Amazon’s answer to Siri, Cortana and other voice assistants) to play music, control smart home devices, provide information, read the news, set alarms, and more. I had been wanting to try the Echo since its launch, but I was just not willing to pay the $180 for the original version of this device.
When Amazon announced a smaller version of the Echo, the Echo Dot, for $50 in the spring of this year, I saw this as a perfect opportunity to try it. The smaller version includes a lower quality speaker than its larger cousin, but since I have a number of Bluetooth speakers already this is not a major issue. Other than the speaker, the rest of the device performs similarly whether you are using the $180 model or the $5o dollar one. Unfortunately, the original Echo Dot was originally released in…
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Liftware Steady (previously marketed as “Liftware”) is an “electronic stabilizing handle and a selection of attachments that include a soup spoon, everyday spoon, and fork. Liftware Steady is designed to help people with hand tremor, which may be related to Parkinson’s disease or essential tremor, eat more easily.”
Take time to check out the Liftware product line which is amazing for dampening tremors for persons with disabilities. The cost for the starter kit is $195 and we’ve heard that the VA can be a potential source of funding for veteran’s with ALS.
Wow! As OTs we know this, but I also think it is less recesUs,lless PE, less outdoor play, less unstructured play, more finger foods, and less play in general! A must read.
by Molly Shannon, MS, OTR/L, ATP, on the ATandOT Blog As an OT with over 30 years’ experience in working in public schools and in assistive technology, I feel a key contribution we provide to our s…
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