One topic which we delved into is how do we determine "if someone get's new tech?"
|It's about the goals!|
Really, it's circular, and the same concept can be applied here with Assistive Technology.
The logic above protects us from just handing out technology because it's new and cool. If Johnny is struggling with the writing process, his IEP goals should be about writing. A possible intervention might be a dictation to scribe, raised line paper, word-processor, word-prediction software, or a laptop.
If Jill struggles with basic communication, her goals should be about functional communication. A possible intervention may be a PODD, communication cards, Step-by-step, iTouch, or Dynavox.
I would not have a goal that spoke to Johnny or Jill mastering a word-prediction program, or using an iTouch, but I may have a short term objective addressing some of those component level skills.
As a team we are interested in what goal might require technology? We are interested in what modalities have the professionals tried already? What kind of progress is the student making towards their goals? If there are a number of proven but untried interventions we may ask the team to try such strategies first. Also, if the student is making progress on their progress reports, then likely, they don't need a layer of technology in their school life.
I'm interested in other folks thoughts on this subject. Anyone else care to weigh in?