Assistive Technology

“Technology will never replace great teachers, but technology in the hands of great teachers is transformational.”  – George Couros

Trident Academy believes that technology is a vital tool in helping our students overcome their learning differences and stay competitive in today’s world.  We try and integrate the latest in technology and assistive technology into our classrooms and curriculum.

Students in all grades and learning levels learn to utilize different forms of technology as a resource in becoming an independent learner.  Our classrooms are equipped with SMARTboards, our students are completely 1-to-1 with Android tablets (3rd grade and younger) and Chromebooks (4th grade and older), and teachers, faculty, and students incorporate multi-sensory tools such as tactile screens, text-to-speech technology, voice recognition, specialized reading software and tools to ensure our students are getting the best learning experience possible.

Trident Academy’s Educational Technology (EdTech) Specialist is a Google for Education Certified Trainer, one of about a dozen within 75 miles of the Charleston area and one of only three who works with private schools.  Our EdTech Specialist provides ongoing assistance and training to students, teachers, and parents who learn more about using these rapidly growing learning tools.

 

Some of Trident Academy’s student level assistive technology tools are outlined below:

   Google for Education / G Suite for Education :  Google for Education provides an ecology of digital tools from Google (collectively called “G Suite“) designed to facilitate productivity, collaboration, & communication through cloud-based technology.  In addition to these built-in tools, Google for Education lets individuals further tailor their experience by connecting supplemental add-ons to help with all types of student learning.

 

   Chromebooks & Android Tablets : These devices work hand-in-hand with the Google for Education tools used by Trident Academy.  Built in assistive tools that come with these devices include text-to-speech, voice dictation, screen magnification, input highlighting options, and more.  More than 30 million Chromebooks alone are now used by students and teachers worldwide (with 5 million of these added in 2018 ).

 

  Lexia :  Lexia Learning is one of the best-known and most highly respected reading-technology companies in the world. Lexia has set the standard for technology-based reading instruction by providing explicit, systematic, personalized learning on fundamental literacy skills for students of all abilities. With additional programs for non-proficient readers in grades six and above and screening & monitoring software for reading and language skills for students in grades K–12, Lexia continues its promise to improve student literacy by leveraging technology to personalize learning and simplify the use of data to drive instruction.

 

  Read Naturally Live:  This web-based intervention program efficiently applies the research-based Read Naturally Strategy to accelerate reading achievement. Visual and auditory prompts guide students through the motivating steps to develop fluency and phonics skills, support comprehension, and improve vocabulary.  Students work at their own pace in an appropriate level of material.

 

  Read & Write by Texthelp : This combination web browser and desktop/laptop toolbar supports students with dyslexia to do their work with confidence and independence. Offering a variety of practical solutions in just one toolbar, Read&Write ensures that every learner has the tools necessary to reach their potential and succeed.  It offers a wide range of powerful and customizable support options to help students gain confidence with reading, writing, studying and research.