Blog Post 12: Assistive Learning Devices for the Classroom

This assignment is a collaborative project including Jacqueline Moore, Ashley Mogler, & Lauren Navaroli.

Students with disabilities are in need of extra assistance in the classroom. Providing the proper amount of help for special needs students has become easier and more advance with today’s technology. A few products to aid hearing impaired or blind students include the FM amplifiers, talking calculators, and the iPad. each of these devices are unique, sufficient, and vital to our students with disabilities.

The Fm amplifier is an interesting device that eliminates background noise and transmits sounds directly to the students hearing aid. provides this enlightening description:

“Consider the difficulties experienced by the student wearing hearing aids in a typical noisy school classroom. The FM system is a great answer to combating poor classroom acoustics and a teacher who might not project his/her voice loudly enough or who moves around the room, and who turns his/her back to the class to write on the blackboard.  The teacher wears a small transmitter package and clips a miniature wireless microphone within six inches from his/her mouth.  The student needs an FM receiver within the hearing aid(s) to pick up the teacher’s voice. The FM system minimizes the background noise because the microphone is so near the teacher’s mouth and, at the same time, amplifies the teacher’s voice above the background noise by several decibels (this is defined as an increased signal-to-noise ratio and the loudness of the signal over the noise level is expressed in dB).”

With the FM amplifier hearing the impaired students will not only be given the means to gain a better understanding of class curriculum, but they will gain a newfound self-confidence. This device will open our students eyes to what they are truly capable of.

Research on FM Amplifier by: Jacqueline Moore

An Assistive technology for teachers who teach the blind are talking calculators. These calculators don’t lose any of the normal functions. They have talking technologies added on to talk to the blind students. Things that are included on this calculator are: It has a memory for addition and subtraction. It has percentages and square roots and includes all the digits. The only addition to this calculator is the volume control for the students. This is great because then the student feels they can do it on their own like a regular student. Except they are being talk to instead of being seeing it. I love this technology because then the student isn’t being singled out. Blind Students can get the following talking calculators depending on usage: Big Button, Graphing, Braille on it.

Research on Talking Calculator by: Ashley Mogler

The iPad can be used in a variety of ways to assist the blind. One of the most helpful programs for the visually impaired on the iPad is called “Voice Over”. When a user touches the different parts of the iPad, the device will read off what is shown. This can be extremely helpful to those who may not have someone to help them everyday, or who want to stay connected technologically. It can also give people an additional source of entertainment, as Voice Over can read books and articles among other things. Additionally, the iPad adapts to simpler settings for ease of use. Users can select items with a series of clicks or different types of swipes. Many students today receive school owned iPads to use, and downloading this program for a visually impaired student would be a great tool for including all students in learning within the classroom.

Research on Ipad usage by: Lauren Navaroli


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