Accessible Instructional Materials: Seeing, Hearing, and Feeling the Content of Our Curriculum Cynthia Curry August 26, 2009
Outcome Each participant will learn at least one new way to make an existing curriculum more accessible.
Where We Can Go! Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Digital Text Public Domain Online Libraries Text-to-Speech Software Text-to-Audio Conversion Bookshare Voice Recording Image Searches on the Web
Classroom Implementation With funding from the Davis Family Foundation Project Goals: Stimulate an interest among all students in pursuing STEM-related disciplines Create a science classroom model of universal design
Steps to UDL in a Science Classroom Evaluated the curriculum and laboratory experiences Introduced instructional and learning technologies Identified accessible instructional materials and video
Curriculum and Lab Evaluation What will students know and be able to do? What will be the evidence of student learning? What are the corresponding means of expression? How can we diversify and vary these means?
Technology Alone: No Elixir Technology Effective Teaching Strategies Successful teaching and learning experiences TPCK
What we know technology can do <ul><li>Motivate students </li></ul><ul><li>Provide highly individualized instruction </li></ul><ul><li>Promote positive attitudes toward learning </li></ul><ul><li>Facilitate cooperative, collaborative, and positive social behavior </li></ul><ul><li>Provide learner-controlled instruction </li></ul><ul><li>Support active learning experiences </li></ul>Silver-Pacuilla, Ruedel, & Mistrett (2004)
What is “digital text?” .odt (Open Office Text Document) .doc (Microsoft Word Document) .txt (Plain Text) .rtf (Rich Text Format) .html (Hypertext Markup Language) .xml (Extensible Markup Language) email Any text that you can create and edit.
Digital Text vs Image of Text Image captured at the International Children's Digital Library ( The Blue Sky by Andrea Petrlik Huseinovic) www.icdl.org
Why Digital Text? <ul><li>Malleable </li></ul><ul><li>Transformable </li></ul>*Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST)
Malleable Size Font Style Malleable Color/Contrast
Transformable <ul><li>Photos collected at Flickr (l-r): </li></ul><ul><li>Photo by Dan McKay, available under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license. </li></ul><ul><li>Photo by kingfal, available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial- </li></ul><ul><li>No Derivative Works 2.0 Generic license. </li></ul><ul><li>Photo by cobalt123, available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial- </li></ul><ul><li>Share Alike 2.0 Generic license. </li></ul>Text to Speech Speech to Text Braille
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