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  • Introduce yourself, research area, ATS – 5min
  • 5 min
  • (10 min)Guidelines are based on these 3 primary principles“The UDL Guidelines are not meant to be a "prescription" but a set of strategies that can be employed to overcome the barriers inherent in most existing curricula.” – UDLCenter.org/aboutudl/udlguidelines, accessed 11/3/2010
  • 10 min – National Center on Accessible Information Technology in Education (AccessIT) an NIDDR funded grant at The University of Washington through 2006 – still great info and a model to emulate, as accessibility is built fully into the IT dept at the university.
  • 15 min – Briefly discuss challenge of being an educational technology educator and having my child in a classroom where the computers are just “there”
  • We’ll go over the various tools and how they can be used with students in depth, and get our hands “virtually” dirty building a website, creating a (very) basic webquest, and developing a student assignment that meets the principles of UDL.
  • Designed for LD students, useful for presenting info in a variety of channels – 30 min
  • Also helpful for LD students, assists in organizing thoughts and making connections between concepts – 20 min
  • 45 min – Social media does NOT = social networking, although you can use one to do the other.

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  • Diverse Learners, Assistive Tech, & Social Media: Bridging the Gaps
    Lisa T. Richardson, PhD Candidate
    The University of Southern Mississippi
    Copyright 2010 ATS Professional Learning Center. All rights reserved.
  • Who are “diverse learners?”
    Certainly, students with various cognitive, orthopedic, “temporary” and congenital impairments
    But also:
    English learners (all levels and types)
    Culturally and linguistically diverse learners
    In short, ALL students
  • Provide multiple means of representation
    Perception
    Language & Symbols
    Comprehension
    Provide multiple means of action and expression
    Physical Action
    Expressive Skills & Fluency
    Executive Function
    Provide multiple means of engagement
    Recruiting Interest
    Sustaining Effort & Persistence
    Self-Regulation
    What is Universal Design for Learning?
  • What is Assistive Technology?
    Any “device” that improves usability or enables independence for a person with a disability
    Full formal definition from Washington U
    “technology used by individuals with disabilities in order to perform functions that might otherwise be difficult or impossible” - http://www.washington.edu/accessit/articles?109
  • How are AT & UD4L Related?
    They’re really two sides of the same coin
    AT enables access
    UD4L demands access for ALL students
    In your classroom?
    Moving beyond limited modes of expression to engage more students more often
    Not just “games” or occasional “treats”
    Purposeful integration into your approach to teaching and learning
  • Now for the Fun Stuff!
    Tips, Tricks and Tools to Use in Your Classroom
  • Reading/Writing Aids
    Assist students in capturing and organizing their thoughts both at draft and final editing stages
    Speech-to-Text
    Dragon Naturally Speaking
    Evernote (Great for quick notes and remembering sources, too)
    Smartphones/PDAs
    Vlingo
    ShoutOUT
    Text-to-Speech
    NaturalReader
    LiveScribe
  • Graphic Organizers
    Assist students in connecting abstract concepts, discover relationships, and organize thoughts (also great for website sitemaps and navigation)
    SpicyNodes
    Inspiration
  • Wikis
    Wikispaces
    Websites
    Google Sites
    Yola
    Blogging
    Wordpress(.com)
    Blogger
    TypePad
    Glogster
    WebQuests
    YouTube
    Twitter
    Qwitter
    Accessible Twitter
    Web 2.0 Tools
  • Contact Us
    LRichardson@ATSLearn.com
    @ATS_Atlanta on Twitter
    Office: 770-726-9960
    1950 Spectrum Circle, Ste. B-370
    Marietta, GA 30067
    www.ATSLearn.com
  • Resource Links
    U of Washington AccessIT: www.washington.edu/accessit
    Dragon Naturally Speaking: www.nuance.com/
    Evernote: http://www.evernote.com
    Vlingo: http://www.vlingo.com/
    ShoutOut: http://shout-out.mobi/
    SpicyNodes: http://www.spicynodes.org
    Inspiration: http://www.inspiration.com/
    NaturalReader: http://www.naturalreaders.com/free_version.htm
    LiveScribe: http://www.livescribe.com/en-us/index.html
  • More Resource Links
    Wikispaces: http://www.wikispaces.com/content/for/teachers
    Google Sites: http://sites.google.com/
    Yola: http://www.yola.com/
    Wordpress: http://wordpress.com/
    Blogger: http://www.blogger.com/
    TypePad: http://www.typepad.com/
    Glogster:http://edu.glogster.com/
    WebQuests: http://webquest.org/index.php
    YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/
    Twitter: http://twitter.com
    Qwitter: http://qwitter-client.net/
    Accessible Twitter: http://www.accessibletwitter.com/