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Learning Technology Volunteers

A variety of assistive or learning technologies (AT/LT) are being used successfully within the education system to support the learning process. As is the case with any new software there is a significant learning curve for new users. Through an innovative combination of trained volunteers and online resources, the Volunteers in Education program is training volunteers to support students as they begin to use learning technology, so they can reap the benefits of these tools as quickly as possible.

The demand for assistive or learning technology trained volunteers far exceeds the supply. If you live in the National Capital Region (Ottawa Ontario Canada) please consider volunteering in OCDSB, CEPEO or CECCE schools through the Volunteers in Education/Bénévoles dans l'éducation program.

To volunteer in Ottawa, click here.

If you are interested in setting up a volunteer program in your school community, this website provides you with the information and tools you need to train volunteers. Select the TRAINING tab in the Volunteer section of this website for more information.

Volunteers can:

  • scan resources, novels or other curriculum materials and prepare the files for reading by editing the zones and underlying text in text to speech software
  • support a student who needs a quiet place to use speech to text software
  • coach a student with the pre-writing and writing process using Mind Mapping software
  • coach students to use the study tools and the test taking tools in Kurzweil 3000
  • prepare document for test taking
  • support a student who is allocated more time for test taking
  • supplement the school board technology training so students get extra practice they need to become fluent
  • supplement the training of new students on voice to text software to create accurate word recognition files
  • other tasks as needed by the teacher or student

By choosing to become a school volunteer, you will join the increasing number of Canadians committed to enriching our education system.

Sharing your skills, life experience, and professional expertise with young people is rewarding enough. You will also have the satisfaction of knowing that you are playing an important part in the success of our future generations.

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