Elijah using magnification on a Mac computer

Types of Technology I Use to Help with My Schooling

A piece on different types of technology used throughout school.

When I was 9, I started looking to technology to help me with my schooling. I have had the opportunity to work with an array of products from Samsung, HP, and Apple. Being able to take advantage of these different products has allowed me to figure out what works best for a classroom situation and traveling abroad. In this post, I am going to tell you everything I use, and how I use them. 

As a homeschooled student, I have the ability to accommodate for myself with technology I have here at home. My main tool that I use for most of my classes would be my Windows PC. When typing up documents or doing Spanish through Rosetta Stone, I will use the built-in magnifier. Typically, I leave the setting of the magnifier at 200%. Some of my courses come in a digital format which is great for getting work done. With the digital format, my computer is able to read a document, site, or book with the built-in narrator. 

Probably, for everyday tasks, I will use my iPhone 6. The large display allows me to get more content on a screen and navigate more easily. When going to places such as restaurants, menu boards are typically hard to see. To solve this predicament, I snap a picture of the menu board and then zoom in on the image. It also allows me to access email, texts, and social media in a more accessible way, whether it be through zoom or the built-in screen reader. 

How do I accommodate for myself with text books, you may ask? To do this I use units call CCTVs (Closed Circuit Television). I use two types of these devices, one being large and clunky, while the other one can be held in the palm of my hand. 

Being able to use an array of devices has allowed me to excel at what I want to accomplish. So, what do you use to accommodate for yourself? Do you use some of the same tech as I do? Maybe you use a magnifiers, a scope, or a refreshable braille display.

By Elijah

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