Monthly Archives: August 2013

Assistive Technology & TPACK: Where Am I Now?

I am finishing the graduate course PSYC 576: Assistive Technology for Students With Special Needs through Athabasca University. This course has involved collaborating with a student with special needs, the student’s family and support team, across environments, to assess the student’s need for assistive technology (AT), to select and implement the tool, and to track the student’s progress with the tool. In addition to this, I completed a detailed review of Kurzweil 3000, a text-to-speech software package that supports reading comprehension, composition and study skills. I also undertook readings and watched videos relating to diverse student needs and an array of low-, mid- and high-tech AT tool classes.

Now that I have reached the end of this course, I feel I have made many gains in my technological knowledge (TK) and pedagogical knowledge (PK). I completed the Wisconsin Assistive Technology Initiative (WATI) Competency Self-Rating matrix to describe my current competencies. Here is my prose reflection on my personal competencies. Below, I include a diagram showing how my technological, pedagogical and content knowledge (TPACK) intersect:

KRalph-TPACK-revised-Aug2013

(This is an update of a diagram I originally posted in February 2013, prior to beginning the course PSYC 576.)

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