Dr. Passey identified the five main areas of exclusion namely, physical, cognitive, social, emotional and behavioural, and geographic or locality-based and provided several ways by which technologies address each particular exclusion issue.
To address physical exclusion issue, he noted that technologies such as specific assistive hardware and software can help to support physical impairments such as motor, visual and hearing disabilities. For cognitive exclusion, laptops and tablets are widely used because these tools enable writing that will support individuals who have dyslexia or dyscalculia. On the other hand, textual online engagement and video creation are essential tools to address social exclusion. Similarly, video is also an important medium for those who are in the emotional and behavioral group for it not only enables people to see how they can express themselves but also to see how others express themselves. In terms of geographic or locality-based exclusion, this area can be addressed by downloading so that resources can be accessed offline.
Towards the end of his talk, Dr. Passey emphasized the need to identify a starting point if inclusive technologies are to be integrated into education. “We need a starting point. We need to think about how we’re starting and why we’re starting, and what our future direction gonna be”, he remarked.
During the open forum, Asst. Prof. Charisse T. Reyes, Secretary to the Faculty of Education, clarified that the focus of inclusive technologies is not only directed to students with special needs but also aims to serve the more universal learner-audience. She concluded the event with the hope of initiating possible collaborations among Basic Education teachers, Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) and experts to strengthen the interest in promoting inclusive technologies in the classrooms.
Dr. Ricardo T. Bagarinao, Dean of the Faculty of Education, earlier opened the session by noting the integral role of technology in enhancing teaching and learning activities. He emphasized the importance of inclusivity and accessibility in developing teaching and learning materials for the students. (CVMina)