4 Goal 2: To Strengthen Safe and Inclusive School Environments How are we using assistive technology to provide a more inclusive environment for students? #SeeWhatImLearning Check the #SeeWhatImLearning hashtag regularly to see what students and teachers are doing in HRSB classrooms! We encourage schools to share stories of teaching and learning to give the public a glimpse of what education looks like in 2017. Assistive technology for student learning is needs-based and considered as special as necessary to promote access to curriculum and support positive outcomes for all students. Every year, there are different needs that must be met. Here are a few of the newer supports in place in 2017-18: • HRSB’s Assistive Technology team recently acquired an additional 200 new Chromebooks to support students with special needs. These devices will give students greater access to assistive technology programs that support reading and writing in the Google environment. In addition, peripheral access devices (also known as switch access tools) are also available to use with Chromebooks. • Software used on iPads/iPods/Tablets to allow for non-verbal students to communicate with others using text or picture symbols to express needs and wants. • Electronic textbooks and novels that offer text to speech, built-in comprehension tools, note-taking tools, word predictive text, speech to text recognition and math editor tools. • Classroom audio systems with wireless teacher microphones to deliver highly intelligible speech everywhere in the room. This assists students with hearing impairments. • An online subscription to Boardmaker which allows students online access to teacher-created activities directly related to programming and outcomes. Stay tuned to what’s happening with assistive technology in the HRSB by following @AssistTechHRSB on Twitter!