8-2010 Assistive Technology by Tonsetic


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Meghan Tonsetic's presentation for CCIS Technology Showcase in August 2010

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  • Lawrence School is an independent, state-chartered, college preparatory, coeducational day school for bright students with learning disabilities and attention deficits in grades 1-12.  We provide a full academic program including language arts, math, social studies, science, technology, physical education, music and art. Structured instruction in organization, study skills and social ability helps students succeed both in and out of the classroom. Lawrence serves over 300 students annually in our day and summer programs. With two campus locations in Broadview Heights and Sagamore Hills, Ohio, Lawrence School has access to diverse cultural and community assets in both the Cleveland and Akron metropolitan areas.
  • 8-2010 Assistive Technology by Tonsetic

    1. 1. Meghan Tonsetic High School Learning Specialist Lawrence Upper School [email_address] www.lawrenceschool.org 440-832-7830 Enhancing the Reading and Writing Process Using Technology
    2. 2. <ul><li>Independent school to teach students with distinct learning styles, ignite their potential, and inspire academic and social success. </li></ul><ul><li>2 campuses </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Broadview Hts. – Lower School grades 1-6 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>About 90 students </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sagamore Hills – Upper School grades 7-12 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>About 225 students </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Class sizes </li></ul><ul><ul><li>9:1 in Lower School </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>11:1 in Upper School </li></ul></ul>
    3. 3. <ul><ul><li>learning differences </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Dyslexia </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Dysgraphia </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Dyscalculia </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Executive Dysfunction </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Expressive Language Disorder </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Phonological Processing Disorder </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Receptive Language Disorder </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Visual Motor Integration Difficulties </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>attention deficits </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>ADD </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>ADHD </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Executive Function issues </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>organizational problems </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>other processing differences </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Asperger’s Syndrome </li></ul></ul>Many Diagnosed With:
    4. 4. <ul><li>Multi-sensory platform (hear, see, do) </li></ul><ul><li>Organizational strategies embedded in all subject areas </li></ul><ul><li>Brain-based learning strategies </li></ul><ul><li>Differentiated instruction </li></ul><ul><li>Opportunities for social and academic experiences and success </li></ul><ul><li>Building wide classroom management (assertive discipline model) </li></ul>
    5. 5. <ul><li>SmartBoards and projectors in every classroom </li></ul><ul><li>1 set of 32 SmartBoard Senteos and receiver for check out by teachers </li></ul><ul><li>All Upper School students have a tablet or laptop that they take to all classes </li></ul><ul><ul><li>High school students also take home their tablet computers; middle school students do not </li></ul></ul><ul><li>All staff has tablet computer to use in classroom with DVD capability </li></ul><ul><li>Wireless network throughout building </li></ul><ul><li>Printers, digital cameras, camcorders, microphones available as needed by teachers </li></ul><ul><li>Headsets to all staff and students </li></ul><ul><ul><li>More for sale in school bookstore </li></ul></ul>
    6. 6. <ul><li>Read & Write Gold and Inspiration on all computers from 1-12 grade </li></ul><ul><li>Dragon Naturally Speaking available to students as needed </li></ul><ul><ul><li>After school training done with one of the school’s learning specialists until they have mastered techniques </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Available to students 5-12 grades based on learning difference and academic need </li></ul></ul><ul><li>AlphaSmart NEO’s available to any Lower School student with written expression issues or dysgraphia </li></ul>
    7. 7. <ul><li>1 full day training session for pilot teachers and staff in 2005 from a vendor </li></ul><ul><li>Since then, have done all training in-house </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Teach tools as needed to students and staff including weekly Tech Tips and 10-15 minute group training </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Teach tools in short increments with opportunities to practice </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Parents: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Assistive technology training throughout the year to parents (2-3 times a year) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Goal to teach them what software their children are using </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Encourages home assistive technology use on laptops/tablet computers </li></ul></ul>
    8. 8. <ul><li>System-wide adoption and implementation crucial to de-stigmatizing assistive technology tools </li></ul><ul><li>If everyone is using it and trained on it, then no stigma for using it yourself </li></ul>
    9. 9. How AT Tools Are Used in the Classroom
    10. 10. <ul><li>95% of students use text-to-speech for reading purposes in class with teacher and for homework independently </li></ul><ul><li>7- 8% use speech-to-text </li></ul><ul><li>2-3% use word prediction </li></ul><ul><li>Inspiration software used in every grade and subject level to plan projects and papers, either independently or in whole-class discussions </li></ul>
    11. 11. <ul><li>High School: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>English teachers use Spell Check, Word Wizard, Dictionary Tool and Homophone Checker tools as proofreading/editing tools </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>English, Science and Social Studies use Study Skills highlighters for researching information online </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Science/Math teachers use Talking Calculator conversion tools </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Spanish teacher/students use Translator tool to help reinforce vocabulary and pronunciation skills </li></ul></ul></ul>
    12. 12. <ul><li>Middle School: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Used to read books as a class aloud (using RWG text to speech) as an audio and visual activity while teacher able to use differentiated instruction to assist individual students </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Lower School </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Demystification Project: Online researching for 6 th graders about learning differences </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Topics typically written above reading level </li></ul></ul>
    13. 14. <ul><li>Has tools to help with organizing ideas and details, either web outline form </li></ul><ul><li>Using visual aids to map your brainstormed ideas </li></ul>www.inspiration.com Inspiration software
    14. 15. <ul><li>Readability tool </li></ul><ul><ul><li>web tool to help eliminate distractions on web pages </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Simple tool that can be loaded to web browsers to eliminate unnecessary text and images on screen when reading online </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://lab.arc90.com/experiments/readability/ </li></ul></ul><ul><li>RWG Screen Masking tool </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Many choice to help you focus on the line or window of your document </li></ul></ul>
    15. 16. <ul><ul><li>Features: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Spell Checker & Dictionary </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Word Prediction </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fact Finder/Mapper </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Translator </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Homophones </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Text to Speech </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Speech to Text </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Calculator/Conversions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Screenshot Reader </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Daisy Reader </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pronunciation Tutor </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Screen Masker </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Note Taking Features </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Speech Maker (MP3, WAV) </li></ul></ul>www.texthelp.com Read and Write Gold software
    16. 17. <ul><li>For students with LD’s not typically associated with visual print disabilities (ADHD, slow processors…) </li></ul><ul><li>Using a text-to-speech tool as a prosthetic processing tool to help them not just hear the words being spoken but also process and understand the content of the text in a way that doesn’t exhaust them. </li></ul><ul><li>Speechmaker tool in RWG </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Convert digital text to mp3 file </li></ul></ul>
    17. 18. <ul><ul><li>Speech to Text </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Program that allows you to “talk” to your computer instead of typing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>www.nuance.com Dragon Naturally Speaking software </li></ul></ul>
    18. 19. <ul><li>Balabolka </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Free” Text to Speech Program. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.cross-plus-a.com/balabolka.htm </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Kurzweil </li></ul><ul><ul><li>30 day trials, Text to Speech Reading Software </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.kurzweiledu.com/ </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Microsoft Office </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Planning and Concept Mapping Tools </li></ul></ul>
    19. 20. <ul><li>CoWriter </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Word Prediction Program </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.donjohnston.com/resources/cowriter_index.html </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Intel Reader </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Mobile Device, takes pictures of text and converts for Text to Speech capabilities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.intel.com/healthcare/reader/about.htm </li></ul></ul>
    20. 21. <ul><ul><li>Google Chrome : </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>built in spell check on web fields </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ghotit: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Contextual spell checker </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.ghotit.com/home.shtml </li></ul></ul></ul>
    21. 22. <ul><li>Books.google.com Google Books; public domain e-books (free) </li></ul><ul><li>www.gutenberg.org Project Gutenberg; public domain e-books (free) </li></ul><ul><li>www.bookshare.org Bookshare; public domain e-books; subscription for copyrighted materials (free and/or proof of visual print disability) </li></ul><ul><li>Audible.com iTunes audio book store, Amazon Audio books </li></ul><ul><li>audacity.sourceforge.net Audacity; software for audio recording (free) </li></ul>
    22. 23. http://www.slideshare.net/smg421
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