A central component of print, braille, and digital literacy for all of our students is technology. Each of our students is provided with an iPad to use at school and serve as a tool to help them meet their curriculum and IEP goals. The school supports curricula goals and IEPs with subscriptions to online, server-based, age-appropriate software and websites.
Our Schermerhorn students with visual impairments and blindness are provided with special technology for the creation of print materials through the use of adapted CCTVs, hand magnifiers, and high contrast materials. Many students use specially designed portable computers such as Humanware’s Braillenote for note taking and as an accessible personal digital assistant device.
There are two computer labs fully adapted for all of our school-aged students. Every computer has magnification software for low vision users and speech access software for students with blindness. Every classroom has similar computers for students and teachers to use every day.
Braille literacy is something we take very seriously, and we provide our students with Braille textbooks and teacher-generated Braille materials as needed. We have succeeded in making it possible for a student or teacher to produce a document in Braille format as in print.
All Schermerhorn students have access to a school monitored email account and when age appropriate, memberships with Bookshare and Learning Ally for downloading digital audio and Braille books.
Van Cleve Program
The teachers in our Van Cleve Program for students with learning and emotional disabilities have intense iPad training and can access to specific applications to help to facilitate learning for an individual child or an entire class or department. Our iPads are controlled and monitored by the IT department for application distribution, updating, and appropriate usage. The department has access to the Lexia Reading Core5 which is part of Apple's featured Core Curriculum Content for iPad.
All Van Cleve students have access to a school monitored email account and when age appropriate, memberships with Bookshare and Learning Ally for downloading digital audio and Braille books.
The children in our Readiness Program for pre-school students with developmental delays use their iPads to access special curriculum applications and software. Every teacher has gone through a training program to learn how to make the best use of iPads for their students. Teachers have access to Boardmaker and use the Breakthrough through Literacy curriculum.