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4 Types of Digital Tools to Magnify Old School Learning

What was your fourth grade teacher’s name? The answer likely came to you quickly; teachers and clinicians have a profound impact on a learner’s development. In today’s classrooms, educators can enhance this effect and connect a learner’s entire community with digital tools. For children with autism or special needs, this optimized learning environment can also support communication, social, and behavioural management. Many educators have a desktop full of tools but may only be using them in one capacity. Dr. Janet Twyman, Director of Learning Sciences and Technology at ABA Technology, explains that the onus is often on educators to “find a good app, match what it has to offer with a student’s need, and use the app with fidelity.”

Evidence–based digital tools are designed to assist with one of four functions:

  1. Support the learner – to aid communication and meet learning needs
  2. Support the instructor – to increase engagement in presentation and collect data
  3. Organize curriculum – to save time and share best practices
  4. Communication – to keep educators, clinicians and parents on the same page

Whether applied in group instruction or for one-on-one ABA programming, the strength of digital tools is both in how they’re used and how the information is shared. Dr. Twyman asserts, “It’s true for technology and good instruction, when used effectively everyone is engaged.”

In Technology and Education, Dr. Twyman demonstrates how educators can use the tools they already have to support learners.