In the classroom
Technology helps students utilize their strengths to compensate or "workaround" learning challenges. Beginning in the Middle School, students are assigned a LPS Chromebook to use daily within the classroom setting, and are navigating apps to enhance the curriculum. In addition, computer classes focus on developing fundamental skills and digital citizenship. On-site assistance and consultation are provided by our full time Assistive Technology Specialist in accordance with student’s IEPs.
An assistive technology device is "any device, piece of equipment, or product system whether acquired commercially off the shelf, modified, or customized, that is used to increase, maintain, or improve functional capabilities of a student with a complex learning profile." Devices range from "low tech" (highlighters, modified paper) to "high tech" (laptops, software).
Assistive Technology at LPS is designed to assist students that have complex learning profiles to increase their ability to work, accomplish specific tasks, or participate in activities that otherwise may be challenging or difficult. Assistive technology can be a game-changer for students with learning challenges. When AT is matched with the right student and their specific learning profile, they can better access curriculum, learning, and opportunities for success in school and at home.
Check out the wealth of resources here on our Assistive Technology page.
The Makespace is the place where creativity and critical thinking comes to life! Students get to use the knowledge they have acquired in their other classes and apply it to create solutions for different needs. By applying a constructivist approach, students learn to use digital tools such as Photoshop, SketchUP, or the 3D printer, and the laser cutter. Additionally, students are given a prompt and can work in teams to create solutions by utilizing skills previously learned.