Using Technology to Meet the Needs of Diverse Learners

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