Assistive tech summer camp helps students, parents learn

TechCamp (8)It may still be summer, but this week both students and parents are back in the classroom at the Simcoe County District School Board’s (SCDSB) Assistive Technology Camp. For the fourth year, the SCDSB is offering the Assistive Technology Camp in August for students with special education needs and their parents.

“Assistive technology provides many students, including those with learning disabilities, greater opportunity to build upon their strengths and work towards their potential,” says Connie Gray, Integrated Technology Consultant, SCDSB. “This leads to increased motivation, involvement and improved academic achievement for our students.”

More than 30 students are taking part in the camp this summer.

Ten-year-old Caden thinks the class is “pretty cool.”

“This is fun,” he said. “I’m happy to work on the computer AND I’ve made two awesome new friends!”

Dylan, 10, is one of Caden’s new friends. He also enjoys the camp and thinks that it will help him when he’s back at school.

Kevin Tigwell and his daughter Tamara are both attending the camp. Tigwell says that the program benefits the both of them.

“It’s well presented and covers a lot of information,” he says. “Our older child went to this camp a couple of years ago, so I knew it would be really helpful.”

Parent Krista Miller brought her son Graydon to the camp.

“What I really like is that parents get to learn what our kids are learning. This way we can really help when homework time comes. It’s Graydon’s main learning tool, and it’s important that I know how to work it too.”

Instructors from VocaLinks lead the hands-on instruction, which is designed to reinforce and strengthen the computer and assistive technology skills of students in Grades 4 to 8 with learning disabilities

Check out our gallery of photos to see learning in action.

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