Assistive Technology Guide

For students whose learning differences prevent them from achieving success in a traditional classroom environment, technology levels the playing field.

As such, technology at Lawrence School is embedded and integrated into the learning and teaching that takes place each day. The use of assistive technology and an array of other ever-present tools help bridge deficits in executive function and language processing, and allow students to learn and explore in a manner consistent with their skills and interests.

Here are the apps, software and services we use and recommend at Lawrence School.

Mrs. Hersh's Recommended Apps


Duolingo has been called "far and away the best language-learning app" by the Wall Street Journal! This free app is an engaging and interactive way to learn a new language. Languages include: French, Greek, Japanese, Spanish and many more! Learning with Duolingo is fun and addictive, as well as effective!


Hopscotch is a great, introductory app to learn how to code! It has a fun and interactive style with free videos and challenges. Although the app lacks guidance and has lots of choices, it makes for a great introduction to computer science if you have some patience.

Jackie Hersh is the Director of Assistive Technology and Learning Support at Lawrence School. Jackie earned her Bachelors in Education, Mild to Moderate Disabilities in 2006 from Ohio University and her Master's degree in Assistive Technology from Simmons College in Boston in 2011. She can be reached at