Wednesday, February 1, 2017

AT Eval Support

Good day Tek-Ninjas! Today I would like to highlight an app from Smarty Ears. I plan to look at a
few other standouts in the coming days and weeks. This company is prolific, and while I've only used a few of their products so far, every one of them has been excellent. On top of that, when I've emailed thoughts or questions I have received a very quick and courteous email back either answering my questions or thanking me for my input.

So, for this blog, I want to show you the first I saw from them: ATEval2Go is an app designed for any professional responsible for putting technology into the hands of students. It can be used in any environment, but I especially like it's application here in a school setting.

ATEval2Go was created by SLP/Assistive Technology Specialist Christopher Bugaj.  It was designed to help you document all observations and considerations essential to an assistive technology evaluation. It retails for $39.99, which in the world of apps may seem step, but I assure you, it's worth every penny.

The evaluation tool allows you to store multiple students at once. It guides you in your acquisition of data, serving as a robust framework to creating thorough AT/AAC evals.  There are five categories the tool leads you through including, 1. Student/ Teacher information, 2. File Review / Background Information, 3. Observation & Assessment 4. Recommended Strategies & Tools, and 5. Important Notes

ATEval2Go provides users with the ability to build banks of previously used targeted goals, accommodations, and available technologies. The app also provides the user with banks of commonly used accommodations and recommendations organized by domains such as communication, composition, reading, vision, hearing, etc. Each bank is fully customizable, allowing users to add their own recommendations to build a personalized library of commonly suggested tools and strategies.
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AtEval2Go streamlines report writing by storing fixed information such as evaluator’s information and institution information.

Finally, ATEval2Go incorporates frequently-used assistive technology evaluation tools such as Joy Zabala’s SETT Framework, the Wisconsin Assistive Technology Initiative Assessment (WATI) , the Council for Exceptional Children’s Assistive Technology Consideration Wheel, the Virginia Assistive Technology Resource Guide (VATRG), as well as author Christopher Bugaj’s over 12 years of experience conducting evaluations.

This is a tremendous product, and I recommend anyone "doing AT" take a look at it!

Hajimé!

2 comments:

  1. Thanks for the awesome review Jim! Glad you like it and find it useful!

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    1. You are welcome Chris. It's a nice app!

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