“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 use different forms of technology as resources in becoming independent learners. Our classrooms are equipped with SMARTboards and/or interactive touchscreen TVs; our students are completely 1-to-1 with Chromebook tablets (2nd grade and younger) and touchscreen Chromebook laptops (3rd grade and older); teachers 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 possible learning experience.
Trident Academy’s Educational Technology (EdTech) Director is a Google for Education Certified Trainer, one of about a dozen within the Charleston area. Our EdTech Director provides ongoing assistance and training to students, teachers, and parents to help them learn more about using these rapidly evolving learning tools.
Some of Trident Academy’s student-level assistive technology tools are outlined below:
Google for Education / Google Workspace for Education : Google for Education provides an ecology of digital tools from Google (collectively called “Google Workspace“) designed to facilitate productivity, collaboration, and 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 & Chrome 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 40 million Chromebooks alone are now used by students and teachers worldwide.
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 and 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.
Trident Academy admits students of any race, color, gender, and national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, or national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and financial assistance programs, and athletic and other school administered programs.