Knowing State-of-the-Art Assistive Technology When You See It<br />Session RPD-08<br />Cynthia Overton, Ph.D.<br />2010 AT...
Technical assistance center funded by the Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs <br />Promotes tec...
<ul><li>Cultivate a collaborative network of AT researchers, developers, and entrepreneurs
Promote innovativeproducts that reach the marketplace
Analyze needs, issues, trends, and promising technology innovation</li></ul>NCTI<br />Objectives<br />
Screenshot of NCTI Home Page<br />
What is <br />State-of-the-Art <br />AT? <br />
<ul><li>Unleashing the Power of Innovation for Assistive Technology Paper
www.TechMatrix.org
NCTI Tech in the Works Competition </li></ul>Approach<br />
NCTI’s Most Recent Publication<br />
Convergence<br />Customizability<br />Evidence-based Research<br />Portability <br />Interoperability <br />Themes<br />
Unleashing the Power of Innovation for AT<br />Convergence<br />
Unleashing the Power of Innovation for AT<br />Customizability<br />http://www.ablegamers.com/<br />
Unleashing the Power of Innovation for AT<br />Evidence-based Research<br />
Unleashing the Power of Innovation for AT<br />Portability<br />
So what used to fit in abuilding…<br />MIT's Stata Center<br />
now fits in yourpocket.<br />http://www.flickr.com/photos/bfishadow/3659247584/<br />What now fits in yourpocket...<br />
will fit inside ablood cell in 25 years.<br />-Ray Kurzweil<br />
Unleashing the Power of Innovation for AT<br />Interoperability<br />
What tool can help you learn more about technology devices that are commercially available?<br />
 The TechMatrix is a free online tool that helps consumers identify assistive and learning technologies for students with ...
Helps you identify the features in a product to support learning<br />Provides a 3rd party review of AT<br />Allows  you t...
Assistive Technology<br />Math<br />Reading <br />Writing<br />Science<br />Search by Subject<br />
<ul><li>Access to electronic references and resources
Access to multiple formats of text, notation, and symbols
Alternate access to computer and peripheral devices (input & output)
Means to create and engage in multimedia products and projects
Means to organize and plan
Opportunities to learn concepts
Practice and reinforcement activities</li></ul>Search by Learning Support<br />
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Education professionals are optimistic about additional financial resources that are available under IDEA Part B of the American Recovery Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Investments in “state-of-the art assistive technology and training” are among one recommendation released by the Office of Special Education Programs. There is no single common understanding of “state-of-the-art assistive technology and training” that education professionals turn to in order to define this concept. In order to gain insight within the field, the National Center for Technology Innovation (NCTI) and the Center for Implementing Technology in Education (CITEd) surveyed researchers, developers, implementation specialists, and policy makers to better identify how they conceptualized “state-of-the-art assistive technology and training.” Over 65 key thought leaders responded to this query, providing valuable insight on key elements of innovative assistive technology and training. This session presents these findings so that participants can be well informed when making decisions about assistive technology and training for their students with special needs.

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  • Welcome to “Knowing State-of-the Art Assistive Technology When You See It”NameMake sure everyone has handouts and explain two evaluationsHere from NCTI – Next slide
  • We hold an annual conference in DC that convenes technology developer, researchers, and practitioners in DC. We post our conference materials on our website. If you go to our site, you’ll just click “here” to get all of our material. One of our features is the Podcast Speaker InterviewsWe’ve recently posted the interviews here
  • The purpose of this presentation is to explore State of the Art ATWhy is this important? In response to the availability stimulus money, the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) recommended that school districts to consider investing in “state-of-the-art assistive technology and training.”
  • To further explore State of the Art AT, I will review a paper developed by the Center, Unleashing the Power of Innovation for Assistive Technology. Everyone should have a copy of thisThen I will show you a resource called the “Tech Matrix” that was co-developed by NCTI and CITEd. Some of you may be familiar with the Tech Matrix, but it is going under a redesign, and I want to point out some new featuresFinally, I will provide information on the NCTI Tech-in-the-Works Competition, which opened earlier this month
  • NCTI contacted stakeholders in the educational and assistive technology field to gather their perspectives. More than 65 people provided input, representing education and training; academia; business and industry; federal, state, and local governments; and professional education or AT associations. Questions: Which sector best describes your work?How do you define state-of-the-art AT devices?How do you define state-of-the-art training for AT devices?
  • NCTI contacted stakeholders in the educational and assistive technology field to gather their perspectives. More than 65 people provided input, representing education and training; academia; business and industry; federal, state, and local governments; and professional education or AT associations. Questions: Which sector best describes your work?How do you define state-of-the-art AT devices?How do you define state-of-the-art training for AT devices?
  • Convergence is the transformation of various systems or tools into a single platform or device. Think smart phones—like the vegomatic of years ago which sliced and diced and did everything you could imagine in the kitchen. These handheld devices bring together the PC and thousands of software applications, a telephone, a camera and the interactivity of the Internet. These smart phones, running multiple apps, can support the individual needs of students throughout the day IF schools understood all the creative ways these tools could be used. .
  • Customizability to meet individual needs has become a common feature in educational software to increase access and benefit to technology. Applying the principles of Universal Design for Learning, or UDL, can be an effective way to customize teaching, learning, and assessment to meet the needs of diverse students.
  • Evidence-Based Research. The research in the field is broadening, shifting from device-focused or disability-focused research to an examination of specific features and broader audiences. We know that 80% or more of our students with disabilities are in general education classrooms like this one taught by general education teachers. The evidence base needs to reflect these real-world implementation challenges and solutions so we can demonstrate what works for which students in which particular settings.
  • Portability. Portable technologies are boosting student independence. Concurrent with the themes of convergence and customizability, the technology exists to support students where ever, whenever they are learning. As the Joan Ganz Cooney Center research tells us, our children aren’t just digital natives, they’ve gone mobile. We have to keep up.
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  • Interoperability. The ability of systems to exchange information enables us to link and mine teacher and student data in powerful new ways. This creates the opportunity to link students’ performance data collected on assistive devices to that larger data stream contributing to the much-needed evidence base of AT outcomes and benefits.
  • How can you learn more about the technology devices that are on the market?
  • Will draw connections between the State of the Art paper and the Tech Matrix.
  • Will review the Tech Matrix.
  • Now I’d like to shift gears to talk about NCTI’s Tech-in-the-Works Competition, which is one of our efforts to support technology innovation.
  • There is a sheet listing the 2009 award winners in your folder. Here are the titles.
  • Questions?
  • Knowing State-of-the-Art Assistive Technology When You See It

    1. 1. Knowing State-of-the-Art Assistive Technology When You See It<br />Session RPD-08<br />Cynthia Overton, Ph.D.<br />2010 ATIA ConferenceJanuary 28, 2010Antigua 1/2<br />
    2. 2. Technical assistance center funded by the Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs <br />Promotes technology innovation to support student learning, with an emphasis on students with disabilities<br />Operated by American Institutes for Research in Washington, DC <br />What is NCTI?<br />
    3. 3. <ul><li>Cultivate a collaborative network of AT researchers, developers, and entrepreneurs
    4. 4. Promote innovativeproducts that reach the marketplace
    5. 5. Analyze needs, issues, trends, and promising technology innovation</li></ul>NCTI<br />Objectives<br />
    6. 6. Screenshot of NCTI Home Page<br />
    7. 7.
    8. 8. What is <br />State-of-the-Art <br />AT? <br />
    9. 9. <ul><li>Unleashing the Power of Innovation for Assistive Technology Paper
    10. 10. www.TechMatrix.org
    11. 11. NCTI Tech in the Works Competition </li></ul>Approach<br />
    12. 12. NCTI’s Most Recent Publication<br />
    13. 13. Convergence<br />Customizability<br />Evidence-based Research<br />Portability <br />Interoperability <br />Themes<br />
    14. 14. Unleashing the Power of Innovation for AT<br />Convergence<br />
    15. 15. Unleashing the Power of Innovation for AT<br />Customizability<br />http://www.ablegamers.com/<br />
    16. 16. Unleashing the Power of Innovation for AT<br />Evidence-based Research<br />
    17. 17. Unleashing the Power of Innovation for AT<br />Portability<br />
    18. 18. So what used to fit in abuilding…<br />MIT's Stata Center<br />
    19. 19. now fits in yourpocket.<br />http://www.flickr.com/photos/bfishadow/3659247584/<br />What now fits in yourpocket...<br />
    20. 20. will fit inside ablood cell in 25 years.<br />-Ray Kurzweil<br />
    21. 21. Unleashing the Power of Innovation for AT<br />Interoperability<br />
    22. 22. What tool can help you learn more about technology devices that are commercially available?<br />
    23. 23. The TechMatrix is a free online tool that helps consumers identify assistive and learning technologies for students with special needs.<br />The TechMatrix!<br />
    24. 24. Helps you identify the features in a product to support learning<br />Provides a 3rd party review of AT<br />Allows you to compare AT products side-by-side to compare features<br />Offers research to support an AT purchasing decision<br />Why Use the TechMatrix?<br />
    25. 25. Assistive Technology<br />Math<br />Reading <br />Writing<br />Science<br />Search by Subject<br />
    26. 26. <ul><li>Access to electronic references and resources
    27. 27. Access to multiple formats of text, notation, and symbols
    28. 28. Alternate access to computer and peripheral devices (input & output)
    29. 29. Means to create and engage in multimedia products and projects
    30. 30. Means to organize and plan
    31. 31. Opportunities to learn concepts
    32. 32. Practice and reinforcement activities</li></ul>Search by Learning Support<br />
    33. 33. <ul><li>Connection to computer
    34. 34. Cursor control options
    35. 35. Customizable interface
    36. 36. Differentiation
    37. 37. Drafting
    38. 38. Embedded resources</li></ul>and….<br />Search by Feature<br />
    39. 39. <ul><li>Input options
    40. 40. Output options
    41. 41. Text to speech
    42. 42. Text-embedded prompts
    43. 43. Word prediction</li></ul>Search by Feature<br />
    44. 44. www.TechMatrix.org<br />
    45. 45. Tech in the Works Competition<br />
    46. 46. <ul><li>Fund quick turnaround collaborative research that informs the development of learning and assistive technologies
    47. 47. Improve educational results for all students, particularly those with disabilities
    48. 48. Fostering new talent – graduate student/vendor teams are encouraged to apply</li></ul>Intent<br />
    49. 49. Teams must consist of at least one researcher and one vendor <br />Up to 4 awards of $20,000 will be made in 2010. <br />Teams must secure matching funds of at least $20,000, which may be in the form of in-kind materials, equipment, or staff (funds cannot be used to purchase hardware or software).<br />For a complete listing of regulations, visit: NationalTechCenter.org<br />Important Regulations<br />
    50. 50. Touching the Future with a Spark: How iPod Touches and Studywiz Spark Facilitates the Learning of At-Risk Students<br />Developing Number Sense<br />Look Mom, No Hands: The NIA as an Alternative Computer Interface<br />Enabling More Effective Use of the Web Anywhere with WebAnywhere and TrialBlazer<br />2009 Award Winners<br />
    51. 51. RFP Released: January 7, 2010<br />Letters of Intent Due: March 23, 2010<br />Proposals Due: April 6, 2010<br />Award Announcement: May 4, 2010<br />Preliminary Findings Due:<br /> November 2010 (NCTI Technology Innovators Conference)<br />Final Reports Due: January 28, 2011<br />Important Dates<br />
    52. 52. NCTI2<br />National Center for Technology Innovation<br />Follow NCTI on Facebook and Twitter!<br />
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