Saturday, March 3, 2018

EME2040 - Blog Post #8

Adaptive technologies have made using "regular" materials accessible for those individuals who may not otherwise be able to use them. One of the main features I've noticed on my own keyboard is the "Sticky Keys" function. If I accidentally hold down the "Shift" key for too long, a prompt pops up asking me if I want to use Sticky Keys (I always say "no.").

Another adaptive technology is MouseKeys which allows you to use your 10-key keypad (the numeric portion) as a mouse. I've never used this and have no idea if my computer does this or not. According to the text, there are also "alternative mouse devices" and "alternative keyboard devices." Again, I've never used either of these but I can certainly see how this adaption would be handy for those who need it. Similarly, "on-screen keyboards" and "customizable keyboards" would be useful for those with different abilities.

The only challenges I foresee using these in my future classroom are the fact that I'm going to have to get to know how to use some of these technologies myself if any of my students do! I'm not the greatest at learning new technologies, but I'll do my best.

As for the WebQuest - you know, funny thing is, ever since that assignment, it seems like I keep seeing WebQuest everywhere! Every lesson plan I look at or ed-tech website I've browsed has something about WebQuests. I'm going to be honest and say, I do not see myself using such a thing in my future classroom. I plan to just discuss whatever it is we need to discuss face-to-face OR using something like Google Classroom. I have no intentions on creating WebQuests. :)

Here is a screenshot of my WebQuest:

**Blogs I commented on: Fernanda and Katy

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