Advances in computing and information technology are changing the way people meet and communicate. An AT team may include family doctors, regular and special education teachers, speech-language pathologists, rehabilitation engineers, occupational therapists, and other specialists including consulting representatives from companies that manufacture assistive technology.
In 1937, the American sociologist Read Bain wrote that “technology includes all tools, machines, utensils, weapons, instruments, housing, clothing, communicating and transporting devices and the skills by which we produce and use them.” 6 Bain’s definition remains common among scholars today, especially social scientists.
The Journal of Interactive Learning Research published by the association for the Advancement of Computing in Education included on March 2006 the following enumeration of interactive learning environments that gives an idea on the technical scope of the field.
Automation involves a veryÂ broad range of technologies including robotics and expert systems, telemetry and communications, electro-optics, Cybersecurity, process measurement and control, sensors, wireless applications, systems integration, test measurement, and many, many more.
In Montgomery County Public Schools the technology education program challenges all students to acquaint themselves with their techological environment so they are better prepared to make informed decisions about their lives and eagerly participate in controlling their own destiny.