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  1. 1. 03/05/2014 An Assistive Technology Resource Room Ed Chilgren Wallace School District Assistive Technology Resources for the Classroom How do you integrate assistive technology into a productive resource room? Paraprofessionals and teachers will learn how to take advantage of Kurzweil (text to Speech), Dragon (speech to Text), Inspiration (graphic organizer) and other software or resources available to create some great learning opportunities for students. Ed Chilgren Wallace School District #393 What do your students need? • Reading Help – Documents – Internet – Books – Bookshare.org – Textbooks- NIMAC Textbooks- •Writing Help -Word Predict -Voice Recognition • Demo’s or trials of software available on almost all software programs • Kurzweil • Wynn • Dragon Naturally Speaking • Inspiration • Write-out-loud Write-out• Co-writer Co- 1
  2. 2. 03/05/2014 Kurzweil & Wynn • Scan to audio • Word predict • Outlining • Web reading • Import text to read • Download to MP • Free Webinars/Trainings • Wynn On computers in AT Lab Programs Free programs available on-line Programs Programs Dragon Naturally Speaking • Voice recognition • Operate computer • Multiple users • Many programs • Free Webinars/Training Accessible school material Inspiration • • • • • Graphic Organizers Outlines Templates Free trial Younger version – Kidspiration • On computers in AT Lab 2
  3. 3. 03/05/2014 Accessible school material 7th Grade Textbooks available on-line We are very fortunate to have many textbook on-line, as well as worksheets, homework help, games, and much more are on the publisher's website. 7th Grade - Math Textbook www.glencoe.com enter State: Idaho mark the Student/parent bullet drop-down menu: subject: Mathematics Accessible Textbook ENTER Click on the title of our book: Math connects (should be the top title) and then, Course 2 © 2009 Mark the student/parent center bullet and then press ENTER again. (This would be a good place to place your bookmark.) As you look at the left margin, you will see all the resources that are available to you and your child(ren). To access the online textbook, click on it. When the next screen appears, enter the following access code and you will be taken to the textbook. ACCESS CODE: C30ABC3D3D 7th Grade - Health Textbook http:www.glencoe.com/ose/ ACCESS CODE: A025D29D6E OnOn-line Textbooks • Great for low readers and ADD/ADHD Students! • Parents love the availability • Eliminates excuses Programs Write-outWrite-out-loud & Co-writer Co• Don Johnston • Many schools have old versions of these programs • Word predict and read back to student • Free Webinars/Trainings • Other products 3
  4. 4. 03/05/2014 Demo’s and Trials 30 days is usual • After 30 days rotate to a different computer. • You could extend the time to document the need. • Also, gives time to secure funds. Documentation for text Buy in by regular education Teachers. Text to Read • Exhibit how it helps students, elimination of excuses. • Easy to assist – E-mail – A copy a day ahead IPad Mimic • Need doctor verification of a print disability. • Texts are then available in digital format. • Universal Design – Eliminates much of this need 4
  5. 5. 03/05/2014 IPad IPad •Google Drive has more features, including text-to-speech and word-prediction if needed -: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/google-drive/id507874739?mt=8 •iWordQ (full support) better than iReadWrite for readers who need to take one sentence at a time or repeat sentences for better comprehension, $24.99: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/iwordq-us/id557929840?mt=8 •Tools 4 Students (writing templates), $.99: . They have a volume 2 for $.99 too. Great deal. https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/tools-4students/id472911218?mt=8 •Idea Sketch, Free: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ideasketch/id367246522?mt=8 •Notability is my favorite. Does it all, including recording audio, $2.99: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/notability/id360593530?mt=8 •Voice Dream Reader (text to speech), $9.99: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/voice-dream-reader-textto/id496177674?mt=8 Resources • • • • Bookshare.org http://www.idahoat.org/dnn/ PLATO http://www.tommarch.com/electr aguide/ (thesis builder) • http://nettietatpconsultants.com/ • www.ldonline.org • http://www.nild.net/ld.asp •eBook Search, free: WolframAlpha (great for word problems – 3 free ones per day w/o subscription, also has a web version for access with PC. The power of Google for math problem help), $2.99: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/wolframalpha/id334989259?mt=8 Khan Academy (free tutoring in math and other topics): https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/khan-academy/id469863705?mt=8 Pizza Fractions (Level 1 is free, has two more levels for $.99 each): https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/pizza-fractions-1/id374084320?mt=8 Money Counter Calculator Free: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/moneycounter-calculator-free/id446496983?mt=8 Dragon Dictation Free: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/dragondictation/id341446764?mt=8 Easy Task (time management), free: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/easytask-manager-access-your/id440496884?mt=8 Reminders (memory jogger), the iPad operating system (iOS7) has it built in. Take advantage of what you have. • • • • • • • On-line resources Trial or Demo’s Free programs State Funded/ PLATO Bookshare.org Mimic Networking 5
  6. 6. 03/05/2014 Classroom layout • Try and see all monitors. • Quite area if implementing voice recognition • Scanner or new copier with save options. • Divide up programs between multiple computers. Alternate Assignments • Using PowerPoints to visualize what the student is reporting • Word Banks • Be creative! The End Have a great year! Ed Chilgren Wallace School District echilgren@sd393.k12.id.us 6