Themes: Inclusive Educational Technology
Assistive Technology and Education: Improving Outcomes for Students with Disabilities
Today, on the International Day of Education, we would like to highlight the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Landscape review report where GDI Hub partnered with the World Bank to design and conduct the research and author the ICT Landscape review: The use of ICT in improving the educational participation and outcomes of children with disabilities. This report is a global knowledge product from the Inclusive Education Initiative (IEI) which is a multi-donor trust fund on disability-inclusive education managed by the World Bank, with support from the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad) and the United Kingdom’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO).
This report reviews the use of ICTs for disability-inclusive education by the Inclusive Education Initiative (IEI), finding found that despite the tremendous potential of ICTs, a gap exists between technology advancements and their large-scale application in educating children with disabilities in low- and middle-income countries. The review explored the current status and trends in the practice of educational technology (EdTech) and the use of ICT in improving the educational participation and outcomes of children with disabilities. Additionally, it investigates the factors that enable or restrict this improvement within the wider EdTech ecosystem.
What is Assistive Technology?
Assistive technology is any device, software, or service that is used to assist individuals with disabilities in performing tasks that might otherwise be difficult or impossible to perform. In the field of education, assistive technology can be a valuable tool for students with disabilities, helping them to participate more fully in the classroom and achieve their academic goals.
Assistive technology like ICT can play a critical role in improving the educational participation and outcomes for students with disabilities, particularly children with disabilities in low and middle-income countries. On this International Day of Education, let us commit to working together to bridge the gap between technology advancements and their large-scale application in educating children with disabilities. By understanding the current status and trends in the practice of educational technology and the use of ICT, we can identify the enabling and restrictive factors that can help us improve the educational participation and outcomes for children with disabilities.
In this report, one example of assistive technology that has been shown to be effective in improving educational outcomes for students with disabilities is the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). This recent landscape review of ICT in by education found that the use of ICT can have a significant impact on the educational participation and outcomes of students with disabilities.
The review found that ICT can be used to support students with disabilities in a variety of ways, such as providing alternative and augmentative communication options, increasing access to educational materials, and supporting the development of literacy and numeracy skills. Additionally, ICT can also be used to support the work of teachers and other educators, such as by providing them with resources and tools to differentiate instruction and by facilitating the creation of inclusive learning environments.
However, the review also highlighted that while there is a growing body of evidence supporting the effectiveness of ICT in education, there are still barriers to its widespread adoption. These barriers include a lack of funding and resources, a lack of training and support for educators, and a lack of understanding of the benefits of ICT.
In conclusion, Aassistive technology like ICT can play a critical role in improving the educational participation and outcomes for students with disabilities. On this International Day of Education, let us commit to working together to overcome the barriers to the adoption of ICT and other assistive technologies in education, so that all students have the opportunity to reach their full potential.
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