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Assistive Technology




Cutting Edge


Kildonan offers cutting edge assistive technology to every student in grades 2 through 12. Every student will have one-to-one access to a wireless device for all academic classes. The devices used in each grade vary from iPads to laptops. As academic demands increase through the grades, students need to transition to the greater computing power of a laptop. Kildonan is a Mac-based school, therefore Apple products are the preferred device.




iPad/Laptop Program

Kodiaks (Grades 2-4)

Kodiaks will have use of 1:1 iPads from a dedicated cart. iPads are the property of the school and will remain on the premises at all times.

Grades 5-6

Students in grades 5 and 6 will be issued iPads, which will travel with them from the beginning of the school year until the end. iPads are the property of the school and will be returned at the end of the year.

Grades 7-12

Students in grades 7-12 are required to use individual laptops. Apple products are strongly recommended for the sake of consistency.

Laptop Policy

Kildonan offers a program for students to rent a laptop with the option to buy, or students can bring their own laptop computers from home. Apple products are strongly recommended for the sake of consistency, and for access to all applications used in class.

Windows laptops may not be able to access all applications used at Kildonan. Chromebooks are strongly discouraged.

Software needed for academic work will be provided by Kildonan.

Laptop Specifications

Your MacBook Air or Windows laptop should have these specifications or better:

  • 13.3 inch screen display
  • 128GB flash storage
  • 1.6 GHz Intel Core i5 processor
  • 4GB of onboard memory

OS Requirements for Laptops

  • Macs must run on 10.8 Mountain Lion, 10.9 Mavericks, 10.10 Yosemite, or newer.
  • Windows must run on version 7 or newer.
  • Wifi network capability: 100/1000 Wireless 802.11 a/g/n/ac

Financial Need

If a family does not own a device and is unable to pay the annual technology fee, the school will loan a device to the student on a quarterly basis, based on availability of loaner devices. The device will remain the property of the school, and will be returned at the end of each quarter. If the borrowed device is lost or damaged beyond normal wear and tear, the family will be billed for the cost of replacement.


A new, state of the art Assistive Technology Center was opened in the spring of 2013. Kildonan students learn the functions of various AT software and how to apply these programs to their subject matter work.


Software


Assistive technology can make all the difference when it comes to language-based activities. These are the programs our students are trained to use:
  • Co: Writer
  • Dragon Dictate for MAC
  • Dragon Naturally Speaking
  • Ginger Software
  • Kurzweil 3000
  • iFlash
  • Inspiration



The use of iPads and laptops are essential during the school year for research, writing reports, and putting together presentations. Text-to-speech technology provides reading assistance, and programs such as Inspiration and Co-Writer help students with the writing process.



A key feature of our program is direct, one-to-one training for students who need to use technology to handle the time-consuming demands of high school and college. Students learn speech-to-text, text-to-speech, electronic mapping, and the most current specialized assistive technology software available.

Kildonan successfully integrates assistive technology into a strong language training program to give our students every possible advantage educationally. Dyslexia experts recognize the importance and necessity of technology tools for dyslexic students, and Kildonan provides that to our students to expand their avenues for success in high school, college, and the world beyond.


"Kurzweil was a savior for me. I've gone from struggling with a simple paragraph to writing a five-paragraph essay in one night. Having the ability to just talk to the computer allows me to get out everything I want to say."

—Evan, grade 11, New York, NY
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