One of the challenges I have is finding supportive technology for college-aged students. Many of the apps and resources are directed for students in k-12. My goal is to find resources that are age-appropriate and also financially accessible by students and their families. Here are a few ideas I have found. Please share any information or suggestions using the following hashtags or by leaving a comment!
I received an email from the website affordablecollege.org and decided to check out their resources. The article listed a few technology options for college students such as, audio note taking, smartphone apps with visual reminders, dragon dictation for dictating notes and papers.
Some of these resources can be already available at the college the student chooses to attend. Some, however, depend on if the school or the student have the funds to access the resource. Not all students can afford tablets and/or smartphones and institutions can be reluctant to hand them over depending on how they see the demand for them and how they could directly relate to student success.
I also see a lack of apps that are developed for older students in mind. As students grow older, they need their technology to grow with them. I also see students’ reluctance to sometimes identify as a student with autism perhaps because of the stigma they still associate with identifying with a disability.
Here are a few options that I think would be beneficial, not that costly and age appropriate.
Evernote: If a student has difficulty organizing, or keeping information together, or having information when they need it, this app can keep everything together!
Thumbs up: It’s free! It’s also accessible by tablets, phones OR computers.
Dragon: Dragon is a great resource. It works with Microsoft Word and you will need a microphone. Once the software is familiar with your voice, it is easy to use.
Thumbs up: It’s not free but can be purchased for around $150 for personal use. However, you will need a computer to use it, so this may be a major purchase for a student. I know that some colleges have this software accessible on some of their computers so it could be provided by the school.
Autiplan: I haven’t used this – yet. But I have been working on finding a similar way to provide my 16 year old some with cognitive processing delays a little more independence with something similar. Read more about my plan here.
Thumbs up: This app has visual reminders which is recommended for students with autism. You also have the option for repeating reminders so setting it up shouldn’t take that long.
If you have any recommendation, please remember to leave a comment or use the hashtags above!