While assistive technology has long focused on independence and productivity, more fun devices are popping up on the market. Free public videophones in Chicago airports, for example, let people who rely on sign language to communicate with loved ones via video-relay services, and pedestrian GPS makes it easier for people with visual disabilities to get around unfamiliar places.
New reports from The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization that detail childhood injuries are designed to instruct adults and policymakers where they might concentrate their safety efforts where kids are concerned.
A California elementary teacher recently taught her students from inside the belly of a whale made of plastic sheeting as part of a hands-on activity that complemented classroom instruction and the use of media. "The science program here is very hands-on," Tricia Lamb said. "What we try to do is make sure that at least they'll remember that whale. Hopefully, from that, they'll remember the lesson too."
A new Indiana State University program gives prospective teachers a chance to spend one semester in a classroom before they begin student teaching, when they are expected to take on more responsibility. "They're never responsible for everything," said Beth Whitaker, who supervises the program. "They're getting their feet wet with teaching and planning and delivering instruction with the support of the coaching teacher who's been trained in a specific coaching model of supervision."
While new technology might lead students to read more, a researcher says that reading digital text does not offer the complete experience of handling a traditional book. The added steps of clicking and scrolling on a computer screen might cause students to retain less of what they are reading and become less involved with the text, according to Anne Mangen, an associate professor at the Center for Reading Research at the University of Stavanger in Norway, who researched new reading devices.