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Using Technology to Engage & Support Students with Learning Disabilities

Using Technology to Engage & Support Students with Learning Disabilities

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  • 1. More Than Flash & Dash: Edina Fitzpatrick Coord. Of Instructional Technology Using Technology to Engage & Support Students with Learning Disabilities Heather Krenzer MS Math & Expeditionary Learning Jeff Parker HS ELA & Writing
  • 2.  
  • 3. The Norman Howard School
    • Independent co-ed day school
    • Students with LD in grades 5-12
    • 131 students from 39 school districts – over 8 counties
    • Approved special education program
  • 4. Our Program Supports…
    • Students with a variety of language or learning disabilities including
      • Dyslexia
      • Non-Verbal LD
      • Asperger’s Syndrome
      • Anxiety
      • ADHD
    • Students with average or higher cognitive potential and free of any primary emotional and/or behavioral concerns
  • 5. How is technology used at NHS?
    • Facilitate communication
    • Enhance productivity
    • Engage students
    • Prepare & present effective instruction
    • Promote learning by capitalizing on student’s strengths & circumventing weaknesses
    • Encourage respect, responsibility, and safety while using technology
    • And. . .
  • 6. Creativity & Expression
    • Dark Room – Photography
    Greek Pottery
  • 7. What Resources are available?
    • High-speed Internet access throughout the school network
    • Classroom computers (2-6 per room)
    • 3 Computer Labs
    • Mobile Laptop Cart
    • Computer projectors
    • SMARTBoards (interactive whiteboards)
    • Online resources:
      • Castle Learning
      • BrainPop
      • Education City
      • Bookshare
      • Accessible Book Collection
      • Atomic Learning
  • 8.
    • Main Computer Lab
    • High School Writing Lab
    • Middle School Writing Lab
    • Mobile Laptop Cart
    NHS Computer Labs
  • 9. Technology in the Curriculum
    • Keyboarding
        • Part of Writing Curriculum
        • Middle School (grades 5-8)
    • Tech Class Rotation
    • Develop & reinforce skills
    • Explore new concepts (simulations)
    • Research & problem solve
    • Express & assess knowledge
  • 10. Assistive Technology
    • Any item, piece of equipment or system that helps people bypass, work around, or compensate for learning difficulties…
    • Including:
    • Dragon Naturally Speaking
    • Kurzweil 3000 (text-reader, word prediction, phonemic spell-checker, talking word processor)
    • WordQ (text-reader, word prediction)
    • Ginger Spell
    • Thinking Maps
    • Inspiration
    • LiveScribe SmartPens
  • 11. Ginger Spell
    • Designed for writers with learning difficulties (dyslexia or ESL)
    • Looks at context of sentence
    • Corrects spelling, grammar & usage
    • Provides text-to-speech
  • 12. http://gingersoftware.com/
  • 13. Ginger Reports Group Student
  • 14. Smart Response System
    • Teachers create questions
    • Each student responds on a wireless ‘clicker’
  • 15. Engagement & Assessment
    • Students immediately see their score on the clicker
    Teachers can view results for individual students or the entire class
  • 16. Reading
    • Lexia Reading – phonemic skills
    • Read Naturally – fluency development
    • Education City
    • Kurzweil – reading comprehension
    • ClipRead – parse text
    • SmartBoards
    • iPod iTouch – fluency recordings & apps
    Lexia Reading
  • 17. Expeditionary Learning
    • In-depth investigations that engage students in community, projects, and service
    • iPad Pilot
      • Hands-on
      • Engaging
      • Differentiated
      • Apps for all levels & topics
      • eBooks
      • Lower cost per student
  • 18. Using the iPad
    • Re-telling of Iroquois Legends
      • Thinking Maps
      • iPad app - Writer’s Studio
      • iBooks
  • 19. Iroquois Legends They then completed a Flow Map sequencing the events of the story Using iBooks and the iPad’s accessibility features students read an Iroquois Legend.
  • 20. Iroquois Legends Finally using the Writer’s Studio app students illustrated their legend and stated the message.
  • 21. The final product was published to YouTube and saved as a ePub on each iPad’s bookshelf
  • 22. Podcasting
    • Students develop communication skills including
      • Reading
      • Writing
      • Speaking
  • 23. Renaissance Inventions Podcasts
    • Students researched an invention using a Tree Map to organize their information. Then took their information and wrote a podcast script.
  • 24. Students practiced their scripts extensively before recording the podcast. Due to reading difficulties for our students it was imperative that the script was memorized (or close to it), to help with the fluency of the final product.
  • 25.
    • With teacher assistance, students used Garage Band to record and personalize their Podcasts.
  • 26. Education City Engaging games help students develop skills in Math, ELA & Science. Teachers can assign specific activities and track progress.
  • 27. Jeff Parker Engaging & Supporting Students with Learning Disabilities at the High School Level