Assistive Tech in the Classroom

Everyone constantly thinks about technology, and often the mind can wander to computers, phones, and potentially even TV. Over the years though, technology has made a huge impact in the world of education and can be used to help those that are studying. Assistive technology is a broad term that encompasses anything that helps the student learn in the school. Today some of the most innovative pieces of technology for the school will be shared.

Helpful Worksheets

Electronic worksheets take reading with a bookmark or pencil to the next level. Instead of using these essential tools to keep their place when reading, the electronic worksheet helps students align numbers and letters. Some electronic worksheets even have voice-to-text or text-to-voice features.

Spelling Software

Spelling is a difficult topic for a lot of students with disabilities. Spelling software is similar to the spell check feature in word processing programs on most computers. This software can predict the word that the student is attempting to spell and fix their mistakes. These programs differ from traditional spell-check programs because they are designed to decode the word’s phonetic spelling, which often differs from the actual spelling because of the unique sound combinations in the English language.

Help in Math

This is a unique classroom tool that will benefit students with dyscalculia. The Talking Calculator makes it easier for students to check their work or work with numbers.

Variable Speed Recorders

It is no secret that every student has a different learning style. Variable speed recorders are great tools for students who need to refer back to a slower speed lecture. This is also an excellent tool for teachers who talk fast while teaching.


Videos are often used with students who struggle to grasp the concept of social skills. Videos are a great way to demonstrate to the student what the expected interaction should look like without gathering students to demonstrate. It also puts less stress on the student because they do not know the students in the video the same way they know their peers.

Based in Jacksonville, Florida, Dr. Catherine Barnes is a female business owner, educator, and author. Learn more @