Impact of Assistive Technology on E-learning
It is interesting to note that technology is getting updated day by day. These technology updates are providing a lot of enhancements to different sectors. Zoondia can put forward E-learning as an example of enhancement made by technology in the field of education.
E-learning has helped a lot of students to study from their homes during the pandemic without their physical attendance in the classroom. According to a 2011 UN Report, disabled children that age between 0–14 years consists of 93 to 150 million across the world, And most of them are excluded from the educational opportunities.
Parallel to the e-learning experience, there are technologies developed and being developed for helping differently-abled students. These technologies have brought in tremendous opportunities and possibilities to aid the special needs of differently-abled learners. Zoondia understands that the Best End-to-End Development Solutions is the key to facilitating the customization of such technologies.
Our E-learning software solutions are bespoke, innovative, and offer seamless cross-channel user experience. We integrate learning methodologies with latest technological advancements to provide bespoke empowering web platforms.
Assistive Technology (AT)
Assistive Technology (AT) is a technology that helps students irrespective of any disability, to effectively interact with a computer. There are some techniques where assistive technologies can be used to solve their problems.
Software for text to speech conversion: For visually impaired students they can hear the text which appears on the screen with the help of Assistive technology. Once the software is installed on the learner’s computer they can hear the texts which have been displayed on their screen.
Software for Speech to text conversion: Learners having physical disabilities or visual impairments can utilize this software. As the name suggests speech recognition software helps in recognizing the words pronounced by the learner and converts them into text format which helps the learners to note down or input commands using voice recognition technology.
Aids for the hearing impaired: This category of assistive technology is for the hearing impaired. It helps in providing light signals to notify them of any short commands and includes subtitles in video contents that make them more capable of understanding the lecture.
Aids for Physically impaired: For learners with motor or physical impairments this technology will be useful to study independently. Audiobooks and adaptive keyboards that prevent mistakes while typing, of students with hand tremors, can be considered as a perfect example of this technology.
State of Assistive Technology in the UAE
Today, technology has become an essential part of the everyday educational setting. Its use has proven to facilitate learning and communication of many students with and without disabilities. Assuredly, Assistive Technology (AT) has transformed education and empowered students with disabilities. However, research studies investigating AT for students with special needs in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are limited, if any. Quantitative and Qualitative data collection methodology were used to explore the AT tools, services, barriers, and professional development available in the UAE special needs centers. Results showed that different AT devices existed according to the types of disabilities. In addition, results revealed different types of barriers hindering the use of AT. Results may shed light on the use of AT in the UAE, teachers’ perceptions towards this use and barriers impeding such use.
The world-renowned scientist Stephen Hawking is an apt example of someone who utilized Assistive Technology. Zoondia is looking forward to implementing these applied sciences into their apps to ensure that technology provides its real advantages to all sectors.
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