Emerging Landscape in Assistive Technology

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Anuradha Sen,
Head- Training, Shiv Nadar Schools

A few minor changes in a classroom can make a huge difference

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Education has a two-fold function to perform in the life of man and in society: the first is utility and the second is culture. Education  must enable a man to become more efficient, to achieve with increasing facility the legitimate goals of his life.
The teacher should provide clearly structured small-group activities that encourage everyone to participate. These techniques  incorporate varied learning preferences and styles of participation and help create learning environments accessible to all students.  Care does need to be taken to make sure that such groups do not reproduce the social dynamics of the classroom on a smaller scale  and so, for best results, the teacher must not only form groups consciously, but must also monitor group work carefully.
No two students are same and every student learns differently. In assessing each student’s learning patterns and individual skills, the  teacher should be able to develop techniques to help all types of students, master their classwork, homework, and overall educational  skills. Through assistive technology software and devices, organisational skills, and study skills, we can best help students to customise their learning on an individual basis.
The benefits of an inclusive classroom environment are truly immeasurable. To design this kind of environment, you don’t need to  completely revamp your classroom. Instead, a few minor changes can make a huge difference.
The classroom is a microcosm of the external community, and the way we conduct our classes says something about how we conceive  of proper human relationships. In the classroom, students learn how to treat each other and prepare for life. Intelligence is not  enough. Intelligence plus character–that is the goal of true education. The complete education gives one not only power of  concentration, but also the worthy objectives upon which to concentrate.

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