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Can we use mobile technology to support collaboration?

“Smartphones and tablet PCs have revolutionised mobile technology and the way we communicate today. They have also transformed the Assistive Technology (AT) market for people with disabilities. These mainstream devices provide people with mini-computers they can use ‘on the go’ and they are much more affordable than many dedicated AT or AAC devices.” Assist Ireland

Built in accessibility has allowed many disabled students to use apps that come with the phone or tablet for interactive communication, such as text messaging and emails along with additional apps that can support the sharing of images, video and audio.

These include apps such as:

Communication File and content sharing
Facebook Instagram / YouTube
Messenger Dropbox
WhatsApp OneNote
Skype EverNote
Google Hangout Google Drive

Ray, as a JISC Digital learner, mentions that he is quadriplegic and has access to a tablet with a stylus. He talks about using Twitter, but in his JISC Digital Learner story he writes about the way the online common room at Oxford University can be used in a similar way to Facebook for collaboration.

You may also be interested in other related resources which can be accessed from the ‘See also’ section at the bottom of this page.

Ray also mentions ‘digital wellbeing’ as discussed in depth by Helen Beetham in her elearning blog. Is this an issue you have thought about with the increased use of online communication technologies?


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