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Assistive Technology for Students with Learning Disabilities: A Glimpse of the Livescribe Pen and Its Impact on Homework Completion

Harper, Kelly A; Kurtzworth-Keen, Kristin; Marable, Michele A. Assistive Technology for Students with Learning Disabilities: A Glimpse of the Livescribe Pen and Its Impact on Homework Completion. Education and Information Technologies, 2017, Vol. 22(5), p.2471-2483.

This research article looked the effectiveness of an assistive technology tool, the Livescribe Pen (LSP), with an elementary student identified with dyslexia over a one-year study with teachers, parent, and child. While the LSP was primarily utilized for curriculum accessibility and an audio tool to promote academic independence, the study's findings reveal its impact as an assistive technology on both academic successes for children with disabilities as well as non-academic gains. These included an increase in independence, more time for social activities, and the ability to develop strategies for homework success. Most importantly, the academic team and the parent reported a sense of higher aspirations for this student; ones they had not thought possible previously. Finally, the study revealed two elements critically important for students with disabilities. Those are the importance of fostering communities of support and the importance of self-determination.

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