TechnologyandSpecial Needs learner Technologies used to aid student with Visual Impairment A practical way on how teachers can utilize technologies Presented By: Usha Baldeo , Dekerda, Rajesh Motie and Shenelle Roberts
ObjectivesIntroduction/rational on visual impairmentDefinition of visual impairmentBenefits of technology use to aid visualimpairmentExamples or strategies of technologicaldevices use to aid visual impairmentPractical ways teachers can utilize thesetechnology
Rational on Visual ImpairmentPeople who are visually impaired may have specialneeds, but that does not prevent them from leadingsuccessful lives at home, work or school. Students will beintroduced to children who are visually impaired tounderstand their special communications needs and willcome to appreciate the visually impaired .
Rational continueIn an era of inclusion and collaboration, educators on all levelsneed information about the myriad ways in which technology canenhance the performance capabilities of these visually impairedstudents, facilitate participation in instructional activities, andimprove scholastic achievement. There are several kinds ofassistive technologies available to visually –impaired students thatcan be incorporated into the classroom setting. This presentationexplores practical ways teachers can made utilize tech for thevisual impaired.
What is visual impairment?"Visual impairment including blindness" means an impairmentin vision that, even with correction, adversely affects a childseducational performance. The term includes both partial sightand blindness. This impairment refers to abnormality of theeyes, the optic nerve or the visual center for the brain resultingin decreased visual acuity.
Benefits of technology use to aid visual impairment Cognitively, students can attend to various tasks at the same time. Academically, technology allows users to feel a part of the classroom and develop reading and phonetic skills. Linguistically, students can develop and understanding of the difference between written and spoken forms of language. Behaviorally, It fosters better communication with the user and the instructor. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PzbASVir8qo
Examples of Technologies used to aid visual impairment Text to speech software-this application can be use on desk- Type to speech or top, laptop and iPod, cell Braille and speech phones etc. It is a software device- reads the application that simple reads letters and words as pre-recorded text aloud for students type. students. Voice recognition software- Audio books-readsallows students to take note in story and the class and also request the informational text for device to find something students
Practical ways or strategies teachers canutilize these technologies as a learning tool Text to speech devices These devices can be use across the curriculum . For instance, reading comprehension students can listen to stories just by simple touching bottoms then use another form of visual tech device to answer the questions. This can aid in fluency, listening skill and word pronunciation etc. (type to speech device (laptop) watch this video http://www.youtube.com /watch?v=8FKYjo8sFC w
Practical ways teachers can use the Text to speech devices Students will listen to the story” Three little pigs” via the laptop Say what they learnt about and from the story Record in their now words the beginning, middle and ending of the story using any text to speech deviceThis will test students understanding of the story andthe use of the technology
Practical way teachers can use the type to speech device This device is a powerful tech tool that can we use at dictation and spelling.Here is how it works Teachers reads a passage of scrip or words for student to type. As they type the device reads the scrip or words out loud.
Braille DisplaysBraille displays are hardware that enables visuallyimpaired students to read. Teacher can prepare the samereading lesson and using this device, blind students canopen documents and edit , and browse the Internet.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wFQMLc2vO4U&feature=related
Voice recognition software
Audio/braille booksThis device can be used to facilitate reading for visually impairedstudents. The books can be read in Braille or with synthesizedspeech software, and contains page numbers, information fromthe title page, and mark-up indicators to direct users to thebeginning of chapters and pages.
I am visual impaired, yet I can Learn itPlay it Create it
There are no barriers to my abilities. Withthe help of assistive technologies I canremove all barriers and be anything I wantto be.
Come into my worldhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ofIt3So1dJU You can do it too just try. Hope you had fun