Examples of Cognitive Support Technologies

September 17, 2013 — Gayl Bowser

This week I got to attend a great conference hosted by Pasadena's Club 21 Learning and Resource Center for Individuals with Down Syndrome.  It was called Technology for the Journey and focused on the uses of technology for people with cognitive difficulties.  We had such good conversations about the uses of technolgoy and about technology advocacy during my  sessions that I wasn't able to demonstrate all of the cognitive support applications that I had planned to show.   I promised the group that I would share

Skills for Developing Assistive Tech Competence

June 14, 2013 — Gayl Bowser

You probably already know that the IntegrATe Blog is a collaborative effort with Atomic Learning.  The company maintains the site and gives me the freedom to talk with you about the things that I think are important about assistive technology integration.  It’s a great collaboration and one I’m proud to be a part of. I’m even prouder to be a part of a new collaboration with Atomic learning.  Together, we have just finished a new series of tutorial videos about AT integration. 


Integration notes from ATIA

January 30, 2013 — Gayl Bowser
This week, I'm at the ATIA Conference.  While I'm here, I'm looking for ideas about integration of AT and strategies to make it happen.  I thought this week might be a good chance to talk a little about the conference and the great new ideas that people share. Here's one from today. 

Mobile Technology Feature Match Table

November 12, 2012 — Gayl Bowser

Now that a bunch of folks have taken a look at the iPad Features chart,  I am hoping that you might be able to help me or give feedback about a companion form that I have posted here.  It’s a features chart that could be used when a family or an IEP team is considering Mobile technology of any kind.   The idea is to start with the tasks that the student needs to do and then discuss what features a tool would have if it was used to support student achievement for those tasks.

iPad Features List

September 10, 2012 — Gayl Bowser

Earlier this year,  I began thinking a lot about iPads and their features.  It seemed to me that there were some very unique aspects to the way iPads and other mobile tablets had been created and that, as many of us were involved in assessing whether an iPad would be a good tool for people with disabilities, we ought to be able to describe their features.

A Question About iPads and other slate computers

November 26, 2011 — Gayl Bowser

I have watched, with interest, the very rapid change in the world of technology that started with the iPad and has continued with products from a multitude of companies.  Yesterday I looked at the Black Friday ads in my local newspaper and counted about twelve different brands.  As an educator, I have thought a great deal about these new products and their introduction into schools around the country.  I've also thought a lot about their use as assistive technology.

Put Me In Coach! - Coaching Strategies for AT Implementation

October 2, 2011 — Gayl Bowser

AT the Closing the Gap Conference this year, I'll be doing a preconference workshop called "Put Me In Coach!" where we will spend the day talking about how we choose the support strategies that we use in our AT practice.  There's a lot about Coaching, but we'll also be discussing the essential elements of Consultation and Collaboration. I'm particularly interested in how we decide whether to act as a consultant, to collaborate with an educator or family to increase AT implementation or whether a coaching approach is the best option.