Thanks to the proliferation of technology in schools today, there’s no need for accommodations. Right? Those who work in a 1:1 Chromebook environment know there’s no need to document AT on an IEP. Right? And if your school follows Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles, there’s also no need for more customized solutions for students. Right?!
The short answer is, No, No, No!
Technology is now infused into our learning environments, and there are limitless opportunities to use that tech to bridge learning gaps for all students. Things like 1:1s, BYOD programs, and UDL ensure that students who need specialized accommodations don’t have to stand out as people who use something different. It’s a remarkable technological leap we’ve made, and it’s cause for excitement.
That excitement is so powerful that we often cannonball into various tools without figuring out if they actually fit. Merely having the tools available doesn’t mean students will know if and when they should use them or incorporate them in their reading and writing routines (habits are powerful forces to overcome).
As anyone on an IEP team will tell you, having a bunch of tools isn’t the endgame—learning is. And we need the right process to fully harness the power of technology for learning across the curriculum.
So, before you jump into a new tool, we urge you to always keep the SETT hierarchy in mind: