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Assistive technology to support differentiated instruction2

  1. 1. Amy Chase Martin Towson University
  2. 2. “The content of instruction should address the same concepts with all students, but the degree of complexity should be adjusted to suit diverse learners.” Hall, T., Strangman, N., & Meyer, A. (2003). Differentiated instruction and implications for UDL implementation. Wakefield, MA: National Center on Accessing the General Curriculum. Retrieved October 2, 2009 from
  3. 3.  Review Worksheet/Chapter  Collaborative Jigsaw activity  Reflection activity  No-tech, low-tech and high tech options  Myth or Fact about Technology Use  Sample Technologies ◦ Digital Stories ◦ Podcasts ◦ Promethean Boards
  4. 4.  Form teams of 3 or 4  You will be given an activity and a role  Do the activity  Discuss what you observed/learned through the activity  How could technology address some of your challenges?
  5. 5.  Take an index card  Do not put your name on the card  Write 3 things that you do to address a challenge you have in performing everyday tasks ◦ Example: do you use a calculator to balance your checkbook? ◦ Do you adjust the mirrors in your car so you can see to drive safely?
  6. 6.  No-tech?  Low-tech?  High-tech?
  7. 7. Nice Job!  Computers can increase student performance on standardized tests. • Computers will replace teachers. • Technology can increase student motivation and improve self- concept. TRUE FALSE TRUE FALSE TRUE FALSE
  8. 8.  Motion Paths in PowerPoint  Playing a YouTube video in PowerPoint 2007
  9. 9. 1. Focus on Function ◦ Consider what the student may want or need to do that he or she currently cannot do. 2. Think in General Terms ◦ Select devices to purchase by considering who, when, where, why and how aspects of the technology . This can help the user find a product that meets many needs instead of just a specific need. 3. Strive for Simplicity ◦ This reduces maintenance and repair costs. Simple solutions are often easier to use and, therefore, will be used such as a device to help a studentbutton his ownshirt. Adapted from Pierce, K. (2008). Overview: How to choose appropriate adaptive technology. Retrieved October 2, 2009 from
  10. 10.  Voting devices  Pictures  Auditory messages  Text messages
  11. 11.  Free!  Compatible on either Windows XP or Vista machines  Can be used with or without audio  Can be used with or without text  Can be employed for student and/or teacher use to create media  Sample – High School Math  Sample – Making Sushi
  12. 12.  Using pre-selected resources, we will collaborate on creating a simple movie to teach children about where we expect to find water.  Associated Resources  Maker_Basics.pdf
  13. 13.  Free to do using Audacity  Export as mp3 files to play on iPods and other portable devices  Create original recordings to include in PowerPoint and MovieMaker projects  Import free, copyright-free music to incorporate in file Resource  Download page for Audacity  Download page for LAME encoder
  14. 14.  Connect your microphone to your computer  Launch Audacity  Click the Record button  Record your audio track  Select File > Save Project to save the Audacity file for editing
  15. 15.  Open the Audacity file you wish to export  Select File > Export as mp3  Click OK to the warning popoup that appears  Name the file and click Save  Enter desired identifying data in the dialog box that appears  Click OK
  16. 16.  Plug in your microphone  Launch your desired PowerPoint presentation  Click the Slide Show tab on the Ribbon  Click Record Narration  Click Set Microphone Level to test the level of your speaking voice  Speak into the mic to see if the level is appropriate  Click OK twice  Begin recording your narration  Press the Esc key when you are done  Click Save.  Run the Slide Show to hear your narration.
  17. 17.  Create an mp3 file  Create an account on a web hosting site like  Upload the mp3 file into the folder you have created on the web hosting site  Assign rss feed properties to the folder Now you will simply provide the url for the RSS feed to your intended audience
  18. 18.  Launch iTunes  Select Advanced > Subscribe to Podcast  Paste the url of the rss of the podcast you wish to subscribe to  Click OK  Future episodes of the podcast will automatically be downloaded into iTunes whenever you launch it
  19. 19.  iTunes  Juice php  Google Reader ◦ Does not download files
  20. 20.  Free sound effects   Copyright free music 
  21. 21. This interactive whiteboard interfaces with a computer station, a portable tablet and individual “clickers” to collect student feedback. Resources  Promethean Tutorial  Short vowels lesson for students with autism  Food chains lesson with third graders  Biology lesson for high school students
  22. 22.  Assistive Technology may have nothing to do with computers or the internet.  Recognizing your own need for accommodations may help you to consider those of your students.  Free creative software and online resources exist for you to use!  Read the professional journals associated with your teaching interests to stay aware of the new tools and their uses.  Try EVERYTHING!