Group sessions offer the same opportunities as one on one sessions with some additional benefits for the student or user. While creating a comfortable and engaging learning environment, the students experience will be enhanced due to the ability to work with others who have similar learning differences and levels. This session format is great when trying to break down social barriers associated with some forms of assistive technology, such as the stigma of using a computer in school.
It is possible that during a group training session learners will be using different assistive technology programs. The trainer may determine that a student requires speech recognition as a priority over word prediction or graphic organizing software. While another student may begin a training session with a graphic organizing program such as Inspiration 9 or Smart Ideas.
Group sessions will also include extension activities for different learners with differentiation being the emphasis. Group sessions can include up to approximately 2 or 3 learners at a time. The process of delivering specific pieces of assistive technology at certain times throughout the session will still be a focus. Having an understanding of what programs should be used at certain points during the writing process is emphasized and a skill that the LEARNstyle trainers have significant experience with.
During Group training sessions, students will have the ability to communicate thoughts and ideas to their peers as they brainstorm ideas for a graphic organizer or read a great story within Kurzweil 3000.