Assistive Technology: Math
Assistive Technology Training Online Project (ATTO) (www://atto.buffalo.edu/) is an interactive website geared towards special needs children, or students who have difficulty learning. This website can be used to teach math, reading or writing. The parent or teacher can customize a lesson, including math for their child/student (Dell, et al. p. 314).
This website is geared towards children in the elementary age group. This website has lots of information that will help parents and teachers create the right lesson plan for the individual student. Furthermore, this application informs the adult of different devices that are available in order to help the child with counting, sorting, subtraction, etc. Moreover, there is a section in the Assistive Technology Training Online Project that is customized for the blind individual, or those with communication problems.
Scientific Notebook (MacKichan Software) can help your student or child to do math problems. This program will help the child through each step throughout the math problem. Clearly, this application will give the child the correct answers to all the problems when requested. Moreover, this program is voice capable. However, in order to activate the voice feature, one has to use Dragon Naturally Speaking (voice recognition software) (Dell, et al. p. 129).
The Virtual Pencil (VP) and Arithmetic (publisher is Henter Math) (http://hentermath.com) is an application to help those children who have learning disabilities and who have difficulties holding and using a pencil. This application also has a tutorial feature if needed. These programs recognize math symbols and will place the numbers in the right place order, e.g. 1’s, 10’s, 100’s and 1,000’s place. Thus, this application is geared towards the elementary level math student (Dell, et al. p. 131).
Math Talk/Scientific Notebook will give a math lesson. These math lessons range from pre-algebra to the graduate level, thus middle school and higher (Dell, et al. p.131). The publisher of this application is Metroplex Voice Computing, Inc. (http://www.mathtalk.com).
The Math Pad application is an electronic math worksheet. This program also lines up the numbers in the correct order. However, it works with whole numbers only. The publisher of this application is Cambium Learning Technologies (http://www.cambiumtech.com). It is geared towards students in Kindergarten through second grade (Dell, et al. p. 131).
The above applications automatically work the student through the math problem. Moreover, the program will prompt or remind the student of the next step in the process. The above applications have tutoring sections, math games and basic math. Hence, many of the applications have visuals in order for the student to be able to see how to add or subtract.