Using Technology to Meet the Needs of Diverse Learners

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Using Technology to Meet the Needs of Diverse Learners

  1. 1. Using Technology to Meet the Needs of Diverse Learners Donna Murray
  2. 2. Differentiated Instruction <ul><li>“ is a model of instruction that revolves around the belief that students learn in many different ways. ” </li></ul>Taking in information (Content) Making sense of information (Process) Expressing what students learn (Product) Provides multiple options for:
  3. 4. Digital Text <ul><li>Text stored as strings of characters </li></ul><ul><li>Flexible and versatile </li></ul><ul><li>Search </li></ul><ul><li>Rearrange </li></ul><ul><li>Read aloud </li></ul><ul><li>Customize </li></ul>
  4. 5. Digital Text <ul><li>Who does it help? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Students who </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>…have trouble reading standard print from books. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>…need additional info or supports placed near the text. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>…could benefit interacting with text. </li></ul></ul>
  5. 6. Other free digital texts <ul><li>http://delicious.com/murraygirl/ebooks </li></ul>
  6. 7. Audio <ul><li>Text to speech </li></ul><ul><li>Read by computer on command </li></ul><ul><li>Pre-reading support </li></ul><ul><li>Access advanced materials </li></ul><ul><li>Reading and listening together </li></ul><ul><li>Read selected words/phrases </li></ul>
  7. 8. Text to speech <ul><li>Support comprehension </li></ul><ul><li>Students improve editing and proofreading </li></ul><ul><li>Rewarding and motivating </li></ul>
  8. 9. Text to speech <ul><li>Who does it help? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Students who… </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>…struggle with task of composing grammatically correct sentences. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>…could benefit from hearing omissions or inaccuracies in their work. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>…could benefit from auditory input to support reading. </li></ul></ul>
  9. 10. Text to speech <ul><li>http://delicious.com/murraygirl/texttospeech </li></ul>Listen Tool
  10. 11. Text to speech <ul><li>Free texts with audio support </li></ul>
  11. 12. Enhanced Text <ul><li>Text with images, sounds, charts, definitions, background information, questions. </li></ul>
  12. 13. Enhanced Text <ul><li>Who does it help? </li></ul><ul><li>Students who… </li></ul><ul><li>…have difficulties comprehending or organizing information. </li></ul><ul><li>…are ESL/ELL. </li></ul><ul><li>…students who need more context. </li></ul>
  13. 14. Enhanced Text
  14. 15. Software <ul><li>Support research-based strategies </li></ul><ul><li>highlighting, scaffolding, summarizing </li></ul>
  15. 16. Software <ul><li>Who does it help? </li></ul><ul><li>Students who… </li></ul><ul><li>…struggle with writing. </li></ul><ul><li>…need more time for editing and revision. </li></ul><ul><li>…have trouble with spelling and grammar. </li></ul>
  16. 17. Microsoft Word <ul><li>Adjust text appearance </li></ul><ul><li>Adjust grammar checker </li></ul><ul><li>Highlight text </li></ul><ul><li>Outlining </li></ul><ul><li>Insert text boxes/graphics </li></ul><ul><li>Determine readability of text </li></ul><ul><li>AutoSummarize </li></ul><ul><li>Thesaurus & Dictionary </li></ul><ul><li>Find synonyms to match reading level </li></ul>
  17. 18. Visual <ul><li>Nonlinguistic representations </li></ul><ul><li>Clip art </li></ul><ul><li>Streaming video </li></ul><ul><li>Digital photos </li></ul><ul><li>Graphic organizers </li></ul>
  18. 19. Visual <ul><li>Who does it help? </li></ul><ul><li>Students who… </li></ul><ul><li>…benefit from seeing relationships between information </li></ul><ul><li>…having visual representation to help clarify and organize information </li></ul>
  19. 20. Visual http://delicious.com/murraygirl/graphicorganizers http://delicious.com/murraygirl/videos
  20. 21. Curricular Supports <ul><li>Web and digital tools that support flexibility for differentiation. </li></ul>
  21. 22. Curricular Supports
  22. 23. Assistive Technology http://delicious.com/murraygirl/assistivetechnology Board Maker templates Text to speech tools Assistive technology matrix
  23. 24. Additional Tools
  24. 25. Professional Development Resources
  25. 26. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License. For more information, visit http://creativecommons.org . Credit info: Donna Murray, Instructional Technology Specialist murraydo at hickoryschools.net Duffie, J (2008). Using Technology To Support Diverse Learners. Retrieved October 4, 2008, from WestEd Web site: http://www.wested.org/cs/tdl/download/lib/2590/TechSupDL6-7-07.ppt?x-r=pcfile_d

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