Transcript of "Assistive technology to support differentiated instruction2"
Amy Chase Martin
“The content of instruction should
address the same concepts with all
students, but the degree of complexity
should be adjusted to suit diverse
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
Collaborative Jigsaw activity
No-tech, low-tech and high tech options
Myth or Fact about Technology Use
◦ Digital Stories
◦ Promethean Boards
Form teams of 3 or 4
You will be given an activity and a role
Do the activity
Discuss what you observed/learned through
How could technology address some of your
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
◦ Example: do you use a calculator to balance your
◦ Do you adjust the mirrors in your car so you can
see to drive safely?
Computers can increase student
performance on standardized tests.
• Computers will replace teachers.
• Technology can increase student
motivation and improve self-
Motion Paths in PowerPoint
Playing a YouTube video in PowerPoint 2007
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
Compatible on either Windows XP or Vista
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
Using pre-selected resources, we will
collaborate on creating a simple movie to
teach children about where we expect to find
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
Download page for Audacity
Download page for LAME encoder
Connect your microphone to your computer
Click the Record button
Record your audio track
Select File > Save Project to save the Audacity
file for editing
Open the Audacity file you wish to
Select File > Export as mp3
Click OK to the warning popoup
Name the file and click Save
Enter desired identifying data in
the dialog box that appears
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
Click OK twice
Begin recording your narration
Press the Esc key when you are done
Run the Slide Show to hear your narration.
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
Select Advanced > Subscribe to Podcast
Paste the url of the rss of the podcast you
wish to subscribe to
Future episodes of the podcast will
automatically be downloaded into iTunes
whenever you launch it
Google Reader http://reader.google.com
◦ Does not download files
This interactive whiteboard interfaces with a
computer station, a portable tablet and
individual “clickers” to collect student feedback.
Short vowels lesson for students with autism
Food chains lesson with third graders
Biology lesson for high school students
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
A particular slide catching your eye?
Clipping is a handy way to collect important slides you want to go back to later.