We were so happy to have Alison Amshoff M.Ed, MS, CCC-SLP, ATP from enTech to lead our October Education Series. enTECH is part of Spalding University and is one of 5 assistive technology resource centers in the state. They offer an assistive technology lending library which allows people to try and utilize technology before they purchase it, a virtual playground that can be accessed by families, and therapists and a financial assistance application for help purchasing the technology needed for your child.
The topic was originally slated to be about assistive technology, but out of necessity evolved into tips for getting more engagement from non-traditional/online learning. Here are technology resources and general tips Alison shared to help students engage with the computer and get the most out of their virtual education.
Technology Available at enTECH
Screen Mirroring (Reflector/Apple TV)
Schedule Apps ( iPrompts, Choiceworks Calendar)
Recording apps (Audio Note)
Social story creation (social stories)
Word Prediction programs (Co-writer)
Tech Learning Tips from Allison
Be in a Ready to Learn Posture
- Keep monitor at eye level, and keep keyboard close to your body
- Sit in a chair with back support, and make sure you are seated all the way back to prevent slumping
- Make sure feet are firmly planted on the ground. If not, consider using a footstool.
- Keep neck relaxed, and avoid shrugging your shoulders
- Take standing or walking breaks every 30-45 minutes.
- Give your eyes a rest by looking away from the computer screen every 20 minutes.
- · Keep regularly used objects nearby to avoid reaching or awkward positions.
Strategies for Success
- Request as much information before to prep for the session.
- Plan the transitions For example “After you finish the math work we will go outside and play.”
- Use small quiet fidgets during the session if needed for focus.
- If keys are a distraction, use a covering to decrease the distraction.