Assistive and Adaptive Technologies for Your Science Classroom

by Carolina Staff
Assistive and adaptive technologies are designed to support students, including those with disabilities, in their educational pursuits. These technologies aim to enhance learning experiences, provide equal opportunities, and foster independence. Assistive and adaptive technologies are particularly important in the science classroom given the hands-on, laboratory component of science classes. Here are a few examples of assistive and adaptive technologies that can make science classrooms more accessible, more adaptable to science and engineering principles, and more enjoyable.

Microscopes

Many concepts in biology are enhanced with microscope work that may be difficult for students with vision challenges. There are now several ways microscope activities can be adapted using scopes that project images, send images to personal digital devices, or even turn cell phones into microscopes. One of the easiest ways to serve the needs of visually challenged students is to enlarge the material being viewed. 

Digital scopes allow students to view real-time images on the computer screen or  an even larger projected view.  Images can be captured as stills, video clips, or time-lapse sequences.  Software, such as Motic® Images Plus 2.0 ML allows students with visual challenges to perform accurate measurements of specimens within the image. 

If images need minor enlargement, digital microscopes with viewing screens may be the answer. We offer several scopes with digital tablets.  Microscopes with adapters to accommodate smart phones are also becoming increasingly popular. 

View the shopping list for specific microscopes. 

Classroom Furniture

Classroom furniture is another area where item selections can facilitate student accessibility so that you can concentrate on teaching. Adjustable height lab tables can accommodate wheelchairs and other mobility aids. Casters can provide additional height to lab tables, and allow for easier positioning of furniture. 

Meters and Probeware

Students are often expected to use different meters to collect laboratory data. Being aware of the meter’s readout can make data gathering easier for students with visual or

The 10-Level Conductivity Meter uses a LED display with accompanying bars for strength comparison. There is also a graphic indicating how to turn the meter off and on to accommodate non-English speakers.

The Vernier Go Direct® sensors provide always-ready operation when used wirelessly. The sensors connect directly to your mobile device or computer using the Vernier Graphical Analysis® Pro app—no additional equipment or software purchases necessary. The sensors can be used wired via USB or wirelessly via Bluetooth® technology, allowing you to choose the best solution for your classroom or laboratory. Students can set font size, screen contrast, and graph dimensions to meet their individual needs on devices that they are already familiar with.

Go Direct® Colorimeter

Use this sensor to explore absorbance and percent transmittance in a variety of experiments.

Go Direct® Weather System

The Go Direct® Weather System lets you easily monitor a variety of environmental factors with just one affordable, wireless handheld sensor.

Go Direct® Conductivity Probe

The Go Direct® Conductivity Probe determines the ionic content of an aqueous solution by measuring its electrical conductivity.

Go Direct® Sensor Cart

The Go Direct® Sensor Cart gives students a great way to explore force, position, velocity, and acceleration.

Hands-On Science Kits

If you need more than just lab materials and want complete learning solutions, explore our complete line of science kits. The kits come with a year’s subscription to Carolina Science Online (CSO), our learning management system. CSO gives teachers the opportunity to individualize assignments and reading-adaptive technologies like read-aloud options, alter student guide font size, and provide instructional videos as examples. CSO is also compatible with Google Classroom software so that language translations can meet every student’s needs.

We’re here to help you find ways to adapt your classroom setting to make science and hands-on experiences more accessible for your students. We have experts ready to answer your questions and guide you through the selection process.   

Don’t miss our extensive slide and microscope accessories collections. Our Demoslides are extremely popular to help with observing microscopic protozoa.

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