Posted April 5, 2016on:
April is Autism Acceptance Month and this is Apple’s effort to create awareness.
I urge Apple haters to ignore their technology brand bias & focus on the message: Technology enables.
Various elements of communication like text-to-voice can be replicated on most computing platforms. This provides our seemingly less-abled brethren some equity.
If you think about it, we all have special needs as learners and technology enables learning for all of us.
We have far too many things to remember and our phones do that for us and remind us.
We are spatially-challenged and those same phones tell us where to go.
We have many things to think about and we can offload calculations and permutations (what computing devices do best) while we intuit and make decisions (what humans do better, for now).
Technology enables. But only in the hands of all learners. If teachers cannot see that, they must first unlearn how they were taught, relearn what it feels like to learn, and learn how to transfer everyday use of technology to the classroom.