The Moat School utilises a variety of assistive technology for classroom and home use. We incorporate software and hardware that best helps students to process and integrate materials within the learning curriculum.
Types of Assistive Technology Utilised at The Moat School
The Moat School provides our students with laptops in which to record, organise and store work. The laptops enable pupils to record their written responses clearly and successfully, while storing and saving their notes and assignments.
Pupils access a range of subject-specific software and use internet and email facilities for completing and delivering work to teachers. All Year 7 pupils complete a touch typing course before being ‘awarded’ their laptop. Touch typing is encouraged and practised throughout The Moat School curriculum.
Types of Software Incorporated Into Lessons
Students are encouraged to use a variety of assistive technology during lessons. One method is called Texthelp Read & Write Gold, which helps pupils to read text independently, be it teacher-created resources or internet research. The Texthelp Read & Write Gold software reads blocks of text at the speed, volume and pitch of each student’s preference. This software is also approved for use in public examinations.
Specifically identified pupils also have access to ‘Dragon Naturally Speaking’. Dragon Naturally Speaking is voice activated speech-to-text software that we offer for extended writing tasks. It helps students, when appropriate, to focus on the content of their work rather than the writing itself.
Benefits of Assistive Technology for Dyslexic Students
Both Texthelp Read & Write Gold and Dragon Naturally Speaking assistive technology can also be used at home and in the classroom. These tools offer a dynamic learning approach in a diverse classroom of learners. Both types of software create the space for students to approach tasks enthusiastically; to keep pace with the exceptional ideas and abilities with which they are gifted.