Academic and Therapeutic Benefits of
Engaging Individuals in Website Development
- Creating a website involves self-expression.
- Expressing yourself helps you to get in touch with yourself.
- Creativity is energizing and motivating.
- Creating a site involves exploring and learning.
- Websites have value beyond the classroom.
- Catharsis- Expressing thoughts, feelings, and experiences can be helpful.
- Website projects can be built around virtually any school class or topic.
- Websites can be used to engage students in civic activities that serve the larger community.
- Websites can be easily edited and updated, thus enabling learners to quickly edit their work.
- Websites can link to other sources, thus encouraging self-directed learning beyond the classroom.
- Creating a website involves organizing ideas and information; practice for communicating with others.
- Website content requires writing. Requirements can be adapted to the learning goals and needs of learners.
- By creating websites, learners take on roles valued by society: webmaster, blogger, designer, researcher, journalist, advocate, etc.
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Articles on OT and Technology
- Computer Assistive Technology: Opportunity Knocks for OTAs Working in Schools
- Accessibility in Windows 10 A Guide for Educators Empower students with accessible technology that enables personalized learning
- Specialized Knowledge and Skills in Technology and Environmental Interventions for Occupational Therapy Practice (You must have an AOTA member username and password to access this document)
- AOTA Special Interest Quarterly Practice Connections - Technology. Nov 2016, Volume 1, Issue 4
Incorporating Web Technology into OT Education
Creating a Disability User Guide
Project Overview: Create a resource guide to be used by parents or caregivers of children with disabilities, or for adolescents with disabilities. The guide should provide understandable and relevant information to non-OT parents, caregivers, or individuals regarding how to enable function, facilitate development, or to pursue common goals within home, play/social, and school environments. You will provide information regarding effective remedial, compensatory, and support strategies, as well as available community and assistive resources. Download assignment instructions below:
Examples of Student Projects
_The following websites are intended for Occupational Therapy Assistant learning experiences, and are not for the purpose of providing authoritative, professional medical or rehabilitation advice to caregivers. Viewers should not use information from these websites without first consulting with appropriate medical, educational, and rehabilitation professionals.