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    1. 1. LEARNING MEDIA ASSESSMENT An overview of the Learning Media Assessment Process (Koenig, Holbrook, 1995) Tom Miller Advisor Workshop 2005
    2. 2. Learning Media Assessment <ul><li>Note: This presentation is a brief overview of the process of learning media assessment. Please refer to the complete text Learning Media Assessment: A Resource Guide for Teachers, 2 nd Edition, Koenig and Holbrook, 1995 by going to the Texas School for the Blind website </li></ul><ul><li>Tsbvi.org </li></ul>
    3. 3. LEARNING MEDIA ASSESSMENT <ul><li>An assessment for selecting the appropriate literacy media for students with visual impairments. </li></ul><ul><li>Offers teachers a framework or decision making process for the selection of literacy media. </li></ul>
    4. 4. LEARNING MEDIA ASSESSMENT <ul><li>Why perform learning media assessments? </li></ul><ul><li>Braille bills which require the determination of literacy media exist at both the Federal and State level </li></ul>
    5. 5. Legislative Changes in IDEA: Braille <ul><li>“ Consideration of Special Factors: The IEP Team also shall – </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>… (iii) In the case of a child who is blind or visually impaired, provide for instruction in Braille and the use of Braille unless the IEP Team determines, after a determination of the child’s reading and writing skills, needs and appropriate reading and writing media (including an evaluation of the child’s future needs for instruction in Braille or the use of Braille), that instruction in Braille or the use of Braille is not appropriate for the child.” 34 CFR Section 300.346 (a)(2)(iii) and 20 U.S.C. 1414(d) </li></ul></ul></ul>
    6. 6. LEARNING MEDIA ASSESSMENT <ul><li>These various Braille bills assume that Braille is the modality to be used unless otherwise demonstrated through appropriate assessment. </li></ul><ul><li>Learning Media Assessment offers the tool to make that determination and monitor it over time </li></ul>
    7. 7. LEARNING MEDIA ASSESSMENT <ul><li>Assesses not just learning media but also learning style preferences of the student (compensatory skill use). </li></ul><ul><li>Can be used to assess both academic and functional literacy. </li></ul><ul><li>Should begin no later than age 3 transition to preschool and be updated annually and/or as visual functioning changes </li></ul>
    8. 8. LEARNING MEDIA ASSESSMENT <ul><li>“examine efficiency with which student gathers information from various sensory channels </li></ul><ul><li>Types of general learning media the student uses, or will use to accomplish learning tasks </li></ul><ul><li>The literacy media the student will use for reading and writing” (6) </li></ul>
    9. 9. LEARNING MEDIA ASSESSMENT <ul><li>Form 1 </li></ul><ul><li>General Student Information </li></ul><ul><li>This form allows tracking of the Learning Media Assessment process and collates information on additional disabilities and the results of Ophthalmological, Clinical Low Vision and Functional Vision evaluations. In addition, it includes a summary of the Learning Media Assessment results. </li></ul>
    10. 10. LEARNING MEDIA ASSESSMENT <ul><li>Form 2 </li></ul><ul><li>Use of Sensory Channels </li></ul><ul><li>This form uses an observational method to determine within specific tasks the primary and secondary sensory modalities preferred by the student– visual/tactile or auditory. </li></ul>
    11. 11. LEARNING MEDIA ASSESSMENT <ul><li>Form 3 </li></ul><ul><li>General Learning Media Checklist </li></ul><ul><li>This form looks at both learning materials and methods used for near and distance tasks within the student’s learning environment and how to accommodate for those media given the student’s efficiency in using sensory information. (6) </li></ul>
    12. 12. LEARNING MEDIA ASSESSMENT <ul><li>Form 4 </li></ul><ul><li>Indicators of Readiness for a Conventional Literacy Program </li></ul><ul><li>This forms allows rating a student’s developmental readiness for a literacy program. </li></ul>
    13. 13. LEARNING MEDIA ASSESSMENT <ul><li>Form 5 </li></ul><ul><li>Initial selection of Literacy Medium </li></ul><ul><li>Allows for further involvement of educational team through observations and analysis of data to make a selection of reading media. Flow charts and decision tools are included to guide analysis. </li></ul>
    14. 14. LEARNING MEDIA ASSESSMENT <ul><li>Form 6 </li></ul><ul><li>Continuing Assessment of Literacy Media </li></ul><ul><li>This form is designed to monitor student progress. It incorporates analysis of updated ophthalmological, clinical low vision and functional vision evaluations; reading rate; academic achievement; handwriting; and literacy tools. </li></ul>
    15. 15. LEARNING MEDIA ASSESSMENT <ul><li>Form 7 </li></ul><ul><li>Literacy Tools Inventory </li></ul><ul><li>Offers a guide to both track and assure that a range of literacy options are evaluated and/or utilized by the student. This form looks at traditional; technology and computer applications of literacy tools. </li></ul>
    16. 16. FUNCTIONAL LEARNING MEDIA ASSESSMENT <ul><li>Form 8: Functional Learning Media Checklist </li></ul><ul><li>Form 9: Indicators of Readiness for a Functional Literacy Program </li></ul><ul><li>Form 10: Initial Selection of Functional Literacy Medium </li></ul><ul><li>Form 11: Continuing Assessment of Functional Literacy Media </li></ul>
    17. 17. LEARNING MEDIA ASSESSMENT <ul><li>Learning Media Assessment provides a decision and monitoring tool for both conventional and functional literacy for students with visual impairments. </li></ul><ul><li>Learning Media Assessment involves a team process and the collation of medical, educational, family and student supplied data to make informed decisions. </li></ul>