Removing Barriers: Assistive Technology Tools to Support Reading & Writing for Students with Learning Difficulties and Disabilities

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  • Johannes Gutenberg – 1440first mass production of books3600 pages per day compared to 40 by hand printing / few by hand-copyingintroduced era of mass communication –increase access to knowledge – broke the monopoly of the literate elite1620 Francis bacon would say “changed the whole face and state of things throughout the worldno dyslexia before the printing press
  • Mrs BarnesWe have witnessed a range of innovations in education since Gutenberg’s printing press – ball point pen / ink well monitor
  • Thomas Friedman"flatteners" that he sees as leveling the global playing field – personal computingconvergence of computers / internet / globalisationdigital nativesSpeakup 2010Not reflected in what is happening in schools – precieved lack of sophisticated use of emerging technologiesDesktop computers still most prevalent
  • survey to identify and measure literacy linked to social and economic characteristics of people – 15 to 74 year olds46-47% had literacy levels below ‘functionalliteracy’ – that is, the literacy skills necessary to met the complex demands of everyday life and work in the emerging knowledge-based societylinks between employment / income / use of technologylink with health literacy – 60% functioning below minimum requirements required to understand and use information relating to health
  • emerging and developing technologies delivering compensatory strategiesLiteracy support tools for reading and writing text to speech, spelling and grammar checkers, word prediction, speech recognition
  • SOS
  • trainingaccess – physical and socio-econoicUDLassessment
  • Work Habits / BehavioralCognitive SkillsReading and WritingBasic Computer SkillsConsistency of SpeechLanguageSupport and Training

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  • 1.
  • 2. Removing Barriers:
    Assistive Technology Tools to Support Reading & Writing for Students with Learning Difficulties and Disabilities
  • 3.
  • 4. "Ball point pens will be the ruin of education in our country. Students use these devices and then throw them away. The virtues of thrift and frugality are being discarded. Business and banks will never allow such expensive luxuries.”
  • 5. Disruptive Innovation
  • 6. SpeakUp 2009
    use social based learning for learning and personal lives
    access to untethered learning
    digitally rich learning using relevancy-based digital tools, content & resources that allow for self directed learning
    Project Tomorrow (2009)
  • 7.
  • 8.
  • 9. 30%
    http://tinyurl.com/25qkf8s
  • 10. 46-47%
    The International Adult Literacy Survey (IALS) was undertaken in Australia in 1996
  • 11. Barriers to Learning & Opportunity
    ..impaired access, participation
    and progress in learning, social connectiveness, and employment
  • 12. Barriers to Learning & Opportunity
    “prepare for an environment where they will spend more time reading and using information on the internet than they will reading from a printed book”
  • 13. Remediation vs Compensation
    Edyburn (2006) http://www.uwm.edu/~edyburn/L%26L2006.pdf
  • 14. One size fits all?
  • 15. Universal Design for Learning
    Multiple Meansof
    • Representation
    • 16. Action and Expression
    • 17. Engagement
  • Universal Design for Learning
    Multiple Meansof
    Representation
    Student - How we gather facts and categorize what we see, hear, and read.
    Teacher - Present information and content in different ways
  • 18. Universal Design for Learning
    Multiple Meansof
    Action & Expression
    Student - Planning and performing tasks. How we organize and express our ideas.
    Teacher - Differentiate the ways that students can express what they know
  • 19. Universal Design for Learning
    Multiple Meansof
    Engagement
    Student - How we get engaged and stay motivated. How weare challenged, excited, or interested.
    Teacher - Stimulate interest and motivation for learning
  • 20. Universal Design for Learning
    CAST - Center for Applied Special Technology
    http://www.cast.org
    National Center on Universal Design for Learning
    http://www.udlcenter.org
  • 21.
  • 22. It Can’t Teach
  • 23.
  • 24. Universal Design for Learning
    Multiple Meansof
    Representation
    Student - How we gather facts and categorize what we see, hear, and read.
    Teacher - Present information and content in different ways
  • 25. Reading Tools
    Present information and content in different ways
  • 26. Text-to-Speech
  • 27. Alternative Formats
  • 28. AT ReadingTool Features
    Digital, customized text
    Read text aloud (text to speech)
    Dictionary & Thesaurus
    Text to audio capabilities
    Scanning to text
  • 29. Reading Tools
    Natural Reader V7 - www.naturalreaders.com
    WordTalk V4.2 - www.wordtalk.org.uk/home
    PowerPoint –//fullmeasure.co.uk/powertalk/
    www.spectronicsinoz.com/faqs - click on “freebies”
  • 30. Reading Tools
    Clicker 5
    Kurzweil 3000
    Texthelp Read&Write
    WordQ / SpeakQ
    ClaroRead
    Read:OutLoud SOLO
  • 31. Clicker 5
  • 32. Read: OutLoud 6
  • 33. TexthelpRead&Write Gold
  • 34. Portable Reading Tools
    Reading Pen TS
    Livescribe Pen
  • 35. eReaders
    http://www.spectronicsinoz.com/blog - Weblinks for accessible text and ebooks
  • 36. iPad Reading Apps
    http://www.spectronicsinoz.com/article/apps-for-literacy-support
  • 37. Universal Design for Learning
    Multiple Meansof
    Action & Expression
    Student - Planning and performing tasks. How we organize and express our ideas.
    Teacher - Differentiate the ways that students can express what they know
  • 38. Writing Tools
  • 39.
    • Spell Checkers
    • 40. Text-to-Speech
    • 41. Homophone/Confusable Words
    • 42. Word Prediction
    • 43. Speech to Text (Speech Recognition)
    • 44. Mind Mapping Software
    • 45. Other tools
  • Clicker 5
  • 46. Speech Recognition
  • 47. What factors influence success?
  • 48. Word Prediction
    Co:Writer
    TexthelpRead&Write
    Kurzweil 3000
    Penfriend
    ClaroRead
    Word Q
    WYNN
  • 49. Word Prediction
  • 50. Word Prediction
  • 51. Word Prediction Comparison Chart
  • 52. Ginger
  • 53. Portable Notetakers
    NEO 2
    Livescribe Pen
  • 54. Writing Tools
    • Apps
    www.spectronicsinoz.com/article/apps-for-literacy-support
  • 55. Universal Design for Learning
    Multiple Meansof
    Engagement
    Student - How we get engaged and stay motivated. How we are challenged, excited, or interested.
    Teacher - Stimulate interest and motivation for learning
  • 56. Engagement
  • 57. iPad
  • 58.
  • 59. Thanks.
  • 60. http://gregoconnor.wikispaces.com
    http://twitter.com/gregoconnor
    http://delicious.com/ocgreg
    Email: grego@spectronicsinoz.com