However, just because a teacher uses technology in the classroom does not mean the SLD student will benefit.In order for technology to truly function as an assistive devices, potential needs for accommodation must be considered when designing an activity/assignment.Many times I inwardly groaned in frustration at Alberts apparently irrelevant questions, late assignments, and misunderstanding of papers/activities.
The number of SLD students in higher education is actually greater since many SLD students do not have the formal testing that legitimizes their learning disability.
What this means is that one-fourth to one-third of freshmen students have some level of learning difficulty.
First, recognizing that spending some time making accommodations/modifications for these students is, in the terms of our economically-driven society, cost beneficial.
Second, and most significantly, educators need to understand why standard academic practices do not work for SLD students and how they do learn.
Thus, our challenge as educators is to help SLD student discover different methods of learning, without requiring excessive amounts of time or dramatically restructuring our courses.