USING TECHNOLOGY AS A
REMEDIAL RESOURCE TO IMPROVE
STUDENT LEARNING

Jennifer Pena
WHAT ARE THE OPTIONS?


                        Variety of tools
                        available to assist in
          ...
WRITING

Spelling

Processing

Attention/focus

Vision

Disability

Motivation
WORDCOMPLETE
 RJ Cooper specializes in a large variety of assistive
 technology products

 Intended for use by individuals...
INTELLIKEYS
 Modified keyboards
 Physical, visual or cognitive disabilities
 ELL
 USB
ALPHASMART

 Portable
 Note-taking
 Essays
 Reports
 Multiple files
 Download to computer with USB
 Print from home or sch...
READING

Decoding, comprehension, and focus can make
reading a struggle for students.
TEXT TO SPEECH
 Screen is read aloud

 Often supports Braille

 Opportunity to read the
same version of textbooks
as the g...
IPOD
   MP3 Novels

   Participation
   in the
   general
   education
   curriculum
STUDY SKILLS
One of the most difficult aspects of school for
many students is study skills and organization.


This impact...
Any Content Area- printed, electronic, or on the
Web

Study Skills - highlighting, text circle tools, voice
notes, outline...
Writing and Self-Editing Tools – as
students type, the software speaks
each letter or word

Independent Test Taking –reads...
MATH


Because Math builds on prior knowledge, it is essential that

students have a firm foundation in the basics.
Adjust settings based on the
student’s needs                Words for Numbers

                               Count
Change...
TALKING CALCULATOR
ORION TI-36X
 Based on TI-36X from Texas Instruments

 Junior high algebra to college calculus

 Clear,...
ADDITIONAL ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY RESOURCES

The Alliance for Technology Access

Family Guide to Assistive Technology

Abled...
REFLECTION


 While I use a variety of assistive
 technology devices as a special education
 teacher, I learned about new ...
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Using Technology As A Remedial Resource To Improve Student Learning

  1. 1. USING TECHNOLOGY AS A REMEDIAL RESOURCE TO IMPROVE STUDENT LEARNING Jennifer Pena
  2. 2. WHAT ARE THE OPTIONS? Variety of tools available to assist in remediating problems in reading and writing Low cost, downloadable, and portable
  3. 3. WRITING Spelling Processing Attention/focus Vision Disability Motivation
  4. 4. WORDCOMPLETE RJ Cooper specializes in a large variety of assistive technology products Intended for use by individuals with difficulty spelling and/or typing Completes the word for you Windows programs including Vista Does not work with Macs Voice prompts Download free for 14 days
  5. 5. INTELLIKEYS Modified keyboards Physical, visual or cognitive disabilities ELL USB
  6. 6. ALPHASMART Portable Note-taking Essays Reports Multiple files Download to computer with USB Print from home or school Battery and AC adapter
  7. 7. READING Decoding, comprehension, and focus can make reading a struggle for students.
  8. 8. TEXT TO SPEECH Screen is read aloud Often supports Braille Opportunity to read the same version of textbooks as the general population Able to use the Internet, email, and software JAWS, Window Eyes, eReader
  9. 9. IPOD MP3 Novels Participation in the general education curriculum
  10. 10. STUDY SKILLS One of the most difficult aspects of school for many students is study skills and organization. This impacts success in all content areas.
  11. 11. Any Content Area- printed, electronic, or on the Web Study Skills - highlighting, text circle tools, voice notes, outlines, study guides, word lists Improves reading comprehension and retention Decoding- reads the words aloud in clear, humanlike, speech, while a patented dual highlighting feature adds visual reinforcement
  12. 12. Writing and Self-Editing Tools – as students type, the software speaks each letter or word Independent Test Taking –reads questions and answers aloud, allows students to type answers onto the image of a scanned test Webinars for implementation On-site Training
  13. 13. MATH Because Math builds on prior knowledge, it is essential that students have a firm foundation in the basics.
  14. 14. Adjust settings based on the student’s needs Words for Numbers Count Change difficulty levels as progress is made Compare Sequence Progress reports Math Facts Questions are never the same Money Number Line quot;Talk Mathquot; boards for Fractions students with communication disorders
  15. 15. TALKING CALCULATOR ORION TI-36X Based on TI-36X from Texas Instruments Junior high algebra to college calculus Clear, high-quality speech Over 127 scientific functions Large, tactile keys Backspace/correction key Earphone for private use AC adapter College Board Tests: AP, SAT and PSAT/NMSQT
  16. 16. ADDITIONAL ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY RESOURCES The Alliance for Technology Access Family Guide to Assistive Technology Abledata Nock Online RESNA NATE ED.GOV NATRI
  17. 17. REFLECTION While I use a variety of assistive technology devices as a special education teacher, I learned about new and useful tools that would be helpful to my students. If I did this assignment again, I might focus in on one software/device and go into greater detail rather than covering a broad spectrum of tools. This information would be useful in a classroom curriculum by making the content accessible to students with a variety of learning needs. Students with disabilities, ELL and struggling learners can all benefit from assistive technology.

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