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Student Employee helps meet Assistive Technology needs

Devon Geertsen with tablet

Devon Geertsen, a junior in UM’s Department of Management Information Systems, has a great job at the UM Rural Institute’s MonTECH program; he helps students with disabilities find specialized software apps to help them be successful. These apps include note-taking software like Google Drive, class and assignment scheduling software like iStudiez, specialized electronic books, and the Livescribe smartpen, which records lectures.

Devon uses the same technology he helps others find. For example, he has Kindle books on his iPad and computer. Not only does this save him money (digital books cost about $70 per semester instead of around $300 for paper versions), he is able to highlight, cut and paste, and use virtual sticky notes. This helps him study and retain information more effectively.

If you would like to learn more about Devon and the technology he uses, call and schedule an appointment with Julie at MonTECH.

CONTACT: Julie Doerner, M.S. CCC-SLP Julie.Doerner@mso.umt.edu  or 406.243.5486