How can elearning help students who need help with their studies?
Elearning has taken all over the world. But there are some problems faced also. It’s because there can be problems faced in terms of technology.
The biggest benefit of elearning is that the students study everything through the computer which implies that their knowledge of computers is boosted. Such knowledge is quite important for getting jobs in the technical corporate world of today.
Advantages of elearning
Improving the teacher-student ratio
Elearning also has another advantage. It can be used to solve the issues of understaffed classrooms where the teacher-student ratio is quite adverse. But in virtual classrooms, a lot of students can be added. So, there is a good teacher-student ratio.
Special technology to help students with special needs
Elearning is useful for students with special needs also.
It’s because the student does not need a teacher due to his use of special technology. The students also get the freedom to imbibe concepts at their freedom. They can make sure students don’t get anxious during the teaching process due to the pressure of keeping up with other students. Hence this kind of relaxation is good for students with special needs.
Helping students with visual problems
The students who cant understand text written on a blackboard by a teacher can use the human speech recognition software to hear what the teacher is saying. Sometimes, students can’t also see what’s written on the blackboard, so that they can hear what the teacher says through such software. This kind of technology is known as adaptive technology. It also helps the students to ensure that the visually impaired students can use a Braille keyboard with the aid of software like JAWS(Job Access With Speech). Since this kind of software has dots, the visually impaired students can easily enter the input through it. This kind of software is used to read the text written on the screen which can’t be seen by the visually impaired students. This text is read out to them by the voice synthesis software of JAWS. It also has a Braille reader where the student is shown the text written on the screen in the form of raised Braille dots on the surface of the unit equivalent in size to a keyboard.
Helping students with speaking and comprehension issues
Augmentative communication has also been designed to help students who need assistance with education. This kind of software uses tools such as picture charts so that the students who have speaking or writing issues can communicate effectively through it. Through these devices, which have word prediction software, the students can click on a picture and word is generated for it. Children with autism who have speech disorders can use such devices to communicate. These speech-generating devices also interpret gestures to produce speech.
However, how should a school choose the best vendor for such devices?
- The school should consider the cost of the device along with how it will ease up the learning for the concerned students.
- The technology should be easy to grasp up. Other than that, the device should come with a good software manual and tutorials.
- The device should also be customizable so that it can meet the needs of all the students.