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    • 1. Unleashing the Power of MS Office: Tools for Struggling Students Wendy S. Homlish Bonnie N. Young Assistive Technology Consultants Carbon Lehigh IU 21 Schnecksville, PA
    • 2.  
    • 3. Universal Design for Learning or Assistive Technology?
      • Students with or without IEPs and 504s
      • Differentiated instruction
      • Learning styles and multiple intelligences
    • 4. Using MS Office Applications to Address:
      • Writing
      • Learning and Studying
      • Reading
    • 5. PROBLEM:
      • Handwriting is…
        • illegible to reader
        • illegible to author
          • too large for paper/age
          • too slow, too fast
          • too light (not enough pressure)
          • Ineffective spacing of letters and words
      Production
    • 6. PROBLEM: Student exhibits…
      • Disorganized ideas
      • Topic jumping
      • Difficulty expanding thoughts and ideas
        • Short, simple sentences
        • Poor grammatical structure
      • Difficulty with word retrieval
        • Poor vocabulary choices
      Process
    • 7. PROBLEM:
      • Mechanics of writing…
        • Too many misspellings – choose words that are “safe”
        • Difficulty applying spelling rules
        • Little variety in sentence structure
        • Cannot recognize correct spelling from a list
      Production Process
    • 8. MS Office Supports for Writers
    • 9. Important Points
      • Technology alone will not solve the problems.
      • Good teaching strategies must also be included.
      • Students must be taught the skills to use technology.
      • Sitting a child in front of a word processor does not make them instantly competent
    • 10. Word Features for Production, Mechanics, Organization
      • Templates and Wizards (spelling; book report, etc.)
      • Auto Correct
      • AutoText
      • Forms
      • Using the “Right-click”
      • Thesaurus
      • Synonyms
      • Spellchecker
      • Views – for pre-writing organization
    • 11. Production
      • Templates and Wizards (spelling; book report, etc.)
      • Auto Correct
      • AutoText
      • Forms
    • 12. Wizard and Templates
      • Wizard – a feature that asks questions and then creates an item, such as a form or a calendar, according to your answers
        • available in MS Word as well as on the Microsoft Office Online website
      • Template – a file or files that contain the structure and tools for shaping such elements as the style and page layout of finished files (i.e. book report, spelling test)
    • 13. Auto Correct
      • Located in TOOLS MENU
        • Contains data base of commonly misspelled/mistyped words
        • Can add or delete from list
        • Can also use for abbreviation expansion to reduce keystrokes
    • 14. Auto Text
      • Decrease keyboarding effort
      • Increase efficiency
      • Text pops up above typing & is inserted on “enter” (example)
    • 15. Forms Feature
      • Forms toolbar
      • How to create
      • Examples of use
    • 16. Moveable Word Banks
      • Create text boxes for use in a fill-in-the blank activity (word bank)
      • Save as….
      • Student clicks and moves text box rather than writing/typing the answer
      • (Example)
    • 17. Mechanics
      • Using the “Right-click”
      • Thesaurus
      • Synonyms
      • Spellchecker
    • 18. Using the Right- Click
      • Spellchecker
        • Visually, can turn red line off/on dependent upon student/teacher preference
        • Can be disabled dependent upon activity
        • Can use the Right-click or menu bar
      • Synonyms
        • Assists with vocabulary and word choices
        • Right-click on word for suggestions
      • Thesaurus
        • Right click - brings up task pane
    • 19. Spelling & Grammar
      • Right click on misspelled word-possible word choices appear
      • Right click on correctly spelled word to see choice for synonyms
      • Spelling/Grammar preferences
        • Readability statistics
      • Under Tools Options click Spelling & Grammar Tab
        • 26 fundamental rules
        • Choose style of writing that Word grammar check will apply
    • 20. Spell-check Options
    • 21. Organization
      • Organize for pre-writing
        • Power Point
        • Word
    • 22. Brainstorming
      • Create outline quickly in PowerPoint
      • Get ideas down quickly
      • Use slide layout with title and bulleted text
      • Go to Outline View for more “traditional” layout/view
    • 23. Outline View in PowerPoint
    • 24. PP to Word
      • Go to File – Send to…
      • Choose Microsoft Word
      • This opens a document in Word
        • Select all text (Edit – Select All) and click on the Bullets icon in the toolbar to remove bullets
    • 25. Send to…Word Outline View
    • 26. Outlining in Word
      • Why use?
        • Organize, reorganize
        • Quick overview of bigger picture
        • Can move large blocks of text easily
        • Collapse view to reduce clutter
        • Electronic studying
      • Found in View – Outline
      • Students need instruction in using these tools!
        • “Cheat sheets” at computer?
    • 27. Learning and Studying
    • 28. PROBLEM:
      • Disorganization – of personal materials and of ideas
      • Overwhelmed by large amounts of material
      • Unable to “get started”
      • Difficulty knowing “what’s important”
    • 29. Word Features That Support Research and Studying
      • Task Panes
      • AutoSummarize
      • Outline Features
    • 30. Task Panes (View – Task Pane)
    • 31. Click – Research to open research task pane
    • 32. Obtaining the information Type your Topic here Definition and pronunciation from search
    • 33. Modify Topic Search (Internet Access required)
    • 34. Results
    • 35. Captured Information (from the Web via the Research Pane)
    • 36. AutoSummarize
      • Looks for keywords in document
      • Can produce a summary or abstract
      • Does well with reports, articles, scientific papers
      • Doesn’t do well on fiction, correspondence
      • Go to TOOLS menu to AutoSummarize
      • You can determine type of summary and length
    • 37. Summary information highlighted by importance
    • 38. PowerPoint
      • Flashcards for studying
      • Electronic bulletin board
      • Make learning fun!
        • Role playing
        • Test reviews
        • Q and A
    • 39. PowerPoint Flashcards for Studying
      • Use flashcard template or create your own
      • Type in question and answer (teacher or student) – one per slide
      • Use for test review, studying, independence
      • Example
    • 40. Electronic Bulletin Board
      • Visual representation of:
        • daily schedule
        • activities
        • assignments
        • instructions
        • special information
        • example
    • 41. Access to Text
    • 42. PROBLEM :
      • Learning disabilities
      • Dyslexia
      • Read slowly, must re-read to extract meaning.
      • Struggle to decode unfamiliar words
      • Fatigue easily, need frequent breaks
    • 43. Visual Changes
      • Change font, spacing, size of text
        • Fonts that are easy to read :
        • Arial Tahoma Verdana Comic Sans
      • “De-clutter” the toolbar
      • Use highlighter for important information (student or teacher input)
    • 44. Toolbar Options
      • Why change the toolbar
        • Student overwhelmed
        • Student click happy
        • Just learning MS Word
      • Reducing amount
      • Changing the look
      • Making changes
        • View – Toolbars – Options
        • Can make changes right from tool bar
    • 45. Reduced and enlarged
    • 46. Visual Changes to a DocumentReading Issues
      • Zoom – Go to View – Zoom – choose %
      • Highlighting – Option under Formatting Toolbar
      • Background Color – Format - Background
      • Font Color – Option in Formatting Toolbar
      • Font – what is best? Ask the student!
      • Character Spacing – Format - Font
      • Word Spacing – Edit – Find - Replace
      • Line Spacing – Format - Paragraph
    • 47. Word Count and Readability
    • 48. Text Readers ( NOT part of Office, but work WITH Office
      • Talking Word Processors (copy and paste text)
        • Free Downloads
          • BrowseAloud (talking web browser)
          • HelpRead
          • ReadPlease 2003
          • Read-e (talking web browser)
          • NaturalReader
          • TextAloud MP3
    • 49. LINK to this and more at:
      • www.cliu.org
      • Special Programs and Services
      • Assistive Technologies (on left)
      • Launch Power of Office CD

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