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Inventing “Assistive Devices” That Give People Their Independence

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Title:

Inventing “Assistive Devices” That Give People Their Independence

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Type: Lesson/Unit Plan

Overview:

What do hearing aids, wheelchairs and prosthetics all have in common? All three are examples of assistive technology that help people with disabilities or the elderly perform daily activities independently or with assistance. In this lesson, students will learn about assistive devices and how innovation plays a key role in the invention process, including raising empathy. Specifically, students will learn how 3D printed prosthetics are changing lives and design their own assistive technology to help others.

Using the invention process, teams will be asked to identify a problem that could be solved through a new assistive device or an innovation to an existing invention. They will then sketch, draw or build an assistive device to share with their classmates in 4 to 5 minutes presentations. Students should receive constructive feedback from their peers, work on any redesigns and present their device to real-life stakeholders. An optional activity for schools that have 3D printers is to allow students to 3D print their final designs.

Content Standard(s):
Digital Literacy and Computer Science
DLIT (2018)
Grade: 6
28) Define assistive technologies and state reasons they may be needed.

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Evidence Of Student Attainment:
Students will:
  • define assistive technologies.
  • state reasons assistive technologies may be needed.
Knowledge:
Students know:
  • that people have differing abilities and that technologies exists to aid users in overcoming challenges.
Skills:
Students are able to:
  • define 'assistive technology'.
  • explain reasons one may use an assistive technology.
Understanding:
Students understand that:
  • being different doesn't have to be a difficulty.
Digital Literacy and Computer Science
DLIT (2018)
Grade: 7
28) Classify types of assistive technologies.

Examples: Hardware, software, stylus, sticky keys.

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Evidence Of Student Attainment:
Students will:
  • select a classification structure and associate assistive technologies into categories in the selected structure.
Teacher Vocabulary:
  • assistive technology
Knowledge:
Students know:
  • assistive technologies have been created to assist in many areas of need (auditory, visual, motor, etc.
  • ).
Skills:
Students are able to:
  • distinguish the needs addressed by different assistive technologies.
Understanding:
Students understand that:
  • assistive technologies have been created to assist in many areas of need (auditory, visual, motor, etc.
  • ).
Digital Literacy and Computer Science
DLIT (2018)
Grade: 8
27) Analyze assistive technologies and how they improve the quality of life for users.

Example: Research multiple speech to text technologies and write a persuasive essay in favor of one over another.

Unpacked Content
Evidence Of Student Attainment:
Students will:
  • analyze a category of assistive technologies.
  • identify how that category of assistive technologies improve the quality of life for users.
Teacher Vocabulary:
  • assistive technology
Knowledge:
Students know:
  • technologies exist to assist users with varying needs.
Skills:
Students are able to:
  • research assistive technologies.
  • determine the possible uses of assistive technologies that can improve quality of life for users.
Understanding:
Students understand that:
  • technologies exist or can be created to help people accomplish tasks they may not otherwise be able.
Tags: assistive, prosthetics, technology
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