Modern classrooms are beginning to use a wide range of audiovisual (AV) solutions to enhance learning, such as student laptops, projectors, interactive whiteboards, sound systems and many other tools.
These solutions can bring schools a wide range of benefits, from improved behaviour, increased engagement, improved participation, fewer distracted students and higher-performing teachers.
One highly beneficial technology in an education environment is the use of assistive technology (AT).
That’s exactly what the English Montreal School Board (EMSB) realized after it added two assistive technology consultants to its team of professionals. The implementation of assistive technology at EMSB has helped students with special needs to learn, communicate and better access their school’s curriculum.
Through the use of assistive technology, the school board has enhanced the learning of elementary and high-school students who have learning disabilities, dyslexia, developmental delays and autism spectrum disorders.
What is assistive technology?
Assistive technology is a series of tools, software programs and other pieces of equipment that are designed specifically to help support students who have learning disabilities or physical impairments.
These tools help students with learning difficulties to better function within the classroom by giving students the opportunity to learn in ways that are different from the traditional classroom model.
Tools, such as laptops, phonetic spelling software, variable speed recorders, communication software and many others, improve accessibility to the school curriculum. In turn, this allows students to capitalize on their strengths and minimize their weaknesses.
How can assistive technology be used in schools?
Just like EMSB’s great success, schools across Canada can significantly enhance the learning experience of their students by adopting assistive technology.
By creating a strategy that understands each student’s learning profile, school’s across the country are able to create customized assistive technology solutions for each student’s specific needs.
Literacy support technologies can be used to assist with reading and writing, visual software programs can simplify the learning experience, and communication tools will help students who suffer from communication difficulties to better engage with their teachers and peers.
These specialized programs and tools can all significantly enhance the learning experience for students, and drive better results at your school.
There are a wide range of benefits that students can realize from the use of assistive technology, including:
- The development of new skills.
- An increase in the motivation and confidence of students.
- An increase in student participation.
- Better organizational skills.
- And much more.
How can other AV solutions help improve the education experience?
AV solutions create a stimulating, interactive and engaging environment for students to learn. This gives teachers the tools they need to create better learning experiences, and students the tools they need to hit higher grades.
Audiovisual solutions used in schools can include:
- Assistive technology
- Recording technologies
- Video screens and projectors
- Interactive whiteboards
- Paging systems
- Classroom sound systems
- Gymnasium AV solutions
- Cloud-based learning and organization tools
- Public address systems
- And many more
No matter what AV technologies your school needs, Genesis Integration is able to design custom-made and unique solutions for schools across Canada. Through our expert knowledge of AV systems, we can bring your school into the 21st Century and help you enhance the experience for your students.
Interested in learning more? Contact our team of experts today. We would be more than happy to answer your questions and explain how we create tailor-made AV solutions for the unique needs of your school.