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Assistive Technology in a 1-to-1 Environment<br />Sally Garza<br />Director of Technology<br />Lawrence Upper School<br />...
About Lawrence School<br /><ul><li>Independent school to teach students with distinct learning styles, ignite their potent...
2 campuses
Broadview Hts. – Lower School grades 1-6
About 90 students
Sagamore Hills – Upper School grades 7-12
About 225 students
Class sizes
9:1 in Lower School
11:1 in Upper School</li></li></ul><li>LD Population at Lawrence School<br />Many Diagnosed With:<br /><ul><li>learning di...
Dyslexia
Dysgraphia
Dyscalculia
Executive Dysfunction
Expressive Language Disorder
Phonological Processing Disorder
Receptive Language Disorder
Visual Motor Integration Difficulties
attention deficits
ADD
ADHD
Executive Function issues
organizational problems
other processing differences
Asperger’s Syndrome</li></li></ul><li>Lawrence School Teaching Methods<br /><ul><li>Multi-sensory platform (hear, see, do)
Organizational strategies embedded in all subject areas
Brain-based learning strategies
Differentiated instruction
Opportunities for social and academic experiences and success
Building wide classroom management (assertive discipline model)</li></li></ul><li>Technology in Building and Classrooms<br...
Assistive Technology Program<br />Started in early 2003 with in computer lab with a handful of students<br />Tested every ...
Assistive Technology Program Now<br />Read & Write Gold  and Inspiration on all computers from 1-12 grade<br />Dragon Natu...
Training for Staff & Students<br />1 full day training session for pilot teachers and staff in 2005 from a vendor<br />Sin...
Parent Training<br />Assistive technology training throughout the year to parents<br />Goal to teach them what software th...
Assistive Technology as Tool, not just for “Special” Students<br /><ul><li>Treat assistive technology software as every da...
Comparable to  drivers using GPS in car for navigation; most people can read and map but people use for a variety of reaso...
Convenience
Efficiency
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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.
  • LD Population at Lawrence SchoolStudents typically come from unsuccessful educational settingsBright students (average to above average IQ)learning differencesDyslexiaDysgraphiaDyscalculia Executive DysfunctionExpressive Language DisorderPhonological Processing DisorderReceptive Language DisorderVisual Motor Integration Difficulties attention deficitsADDADHDExecutive Function issuesorganizational problemsother processing differencesAsperger’s Syndrome
  • Lawrence teaching MethodsMulti-sensory platform (hear, see, do)Organizational strategies embedded in all subject areasBrain-based learning strategiesDifferentiated instructionOpportunities for social and academic experiences and successBuilding wide classroom management (assertive discipline model)
  • SmartBoards and projectors in every classroom1 set of 32 SmartBoard Senteos and receiver for check out by teachersAll Upper School students have a tablet or laptop that they take to all classesHigh school students also take home their tablet computers; middle school students do notAll staff has tablet computer to use in classroom with DVD capabilityWireless network throughout buildingPrinters, digital cameras, camcorders, microphones available as needed by teachersHeadsets to all staff and studentsMore for sale in school bookstore
  • Started in early 2003 with in computer lab with a handful of studentsTested every AT program on the market at the timeHad students help evaluate softwareWas it easy to use?How long was training period? Would they use it?Students and staff selected Read &amp; Write Gold as Lawrence School’s assistive technology software
  • Assistive Technology Program NowRead &amp; Write Gold and Inspiration on all computers from 1-12 gradeDragon Naturally Speaking available to students as neededAfter school training done with one of the school’s learning specialists until they have mastered techniquesAvailable to students 5-12 grades based on learning difference and academic needAlphaSmart NEO’s available to any Lower School student with written expression issues or dysgraphia
  • Training for Staff &amp; Students1 full day training session for pilot teachers and staff in 2005 from a vendorSince then, have done all training in-houseTeach tools as needed to students and staff including weekly Tech Tips and 10-15 minute group trainingTeach tools in short increments with opportunities to practice &amp; playVideos for each tool are great resource as well!
  • Parent TrainingAssistive technology training throughout the year to parents (2-3 times a year)Goal to teach them what software their children are usingEncourages home assistive technology use on laptops/tablet computers
  • Assistive Technology as Tool, not just for “Special” StudentsTreat assistive technology software as every day software that helps us with our livesComparable to drivers using GPS in car for navigation; most people can read and map but people use for a variety of reasons, including:ConvenienceEfficiencyNavigation assistance due to issues with directions or spatial understanding
  • Changing Attitude of Using Assistive Technology ToolsSystem-wide adoption and implementation crucial to de-stigmatizing assistive technology toolsIf everyone is using it and trained on it, then no stigma for using it yourself
  • What AT Tools are Students Using at Lawrence School?95% of students use text-to-speech for reading purposes in class with teacher and for homework independently10% use speech-to-text2-3% use word predictionInspiration software used in every grade and subject level to plan projects and papers, either independently or in whole-class discussions
  • How Teachers Use AT Tools within the classroomHigh School:English teachers use Spell Check, Word Wizard, Dictionary Tool and Homophone Checker tools as proofreading/editing toolsEnglish, Science and Social Studies use Study Skills highlighters for researching information onlineScience/Math teachers use Talking Calculator conversion toolsSpanish teacher/students use Translator tool to help reinforce vocabulary and pronunciation skills
  • How Teachers Use AT Tools Within the ClassroomMiddle School: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 studentsLower School Demystification Project: Online researching for 6th graders about learning differencesTopics typically written above reading level
  • Organizing Work, Homework, and ProjectsAssignment notebooksTo keep track of homework and assignments dueDigital versions:OutlookExcel, WordSaywire (online tool)Google Calendar (online tool)OutlookCell/Blackberry/iTouch or Ipods
  • Templates &amp; FormsTeachers can help students with Templates:Starting points for assignmentsSkeletal maps for entire class or for differentiated instructionOnline worksheets for tablet inking in Word or Windows Journal Can use Forms/Developer tools to lock down documentsMay interfere with the way Spellchecker can be used!Can be done in Word, Excel, Power Point, Inspiration
  • Planning and Concept Mapping ToolsMS Office: Smart Art toolsInspiration
  • 2 column notesUniform note taking constructionKey terms on left; details on rightCan be offered to students in skeletal format if neededCan be done in Word, Power Point, Windows Journal, OneNote…Search templates online for Cornell Notes
  • Skeletal notesGreat for kids who struggle with copying information from board quicklyFor differentiated instruction for older students For everyone in middle school or younger
  • Picture boardsHelp students align vocabulary or concepts to pictures and definitions Pictures can be drawn or inserted via clipart or from Google ImagesCan be done in any program WordPower Point also allows sound to be added as well)PublisherInspirationWindows Journal
  • Quizzing and Testing with Assistive TechnologyClassroom management and supervision key to this to discourage cheatingQuia.comSubscription serviceQuizstar.4teachers.orgFree service (able to use text-to-speech tools or can upload audio to quiz itself)Using Forms templates in MS Word 2003 or 2007Under Developer Ribbon in MS 2007!Alternative Assessments for LD studentsProjects vs testsOral or Recorded Audio responses instead of handwrittenPower Point in Insert Sounds, NarrationAudacity (free software)
  • Spelling assistanceMany students need help spelling wordsGoogle Chrome: built in spell check on web fieldsieSpell: Internet Explorer plug-in if you don’t want to use Google Chrome!Read &amp; Write Gold Dictionary: phonetic spell check as well ability to view definitions and hear words before making selectionHowever, many students perseverate over misspellings and inhibit the writing processTurn off Check Spelling As I Write options in word processor
  • Spelling assistanceMany students need help spelling wordsGoogle Chrome: built in spell check on web fieldsieSpell: Internet Explorer plug-in if you don’t want to use Google Chrome!Read &amp; Write Gold Dictionary: phonetic spell check as well ability to view definitions and hear words before making selectionHowever, many students perseverate over misspellings and inhibit the writing processTurn off Check Spelling As I Write options in word processor
  • Listening/e-reading toolsOffering students listening alternatives to reading is crucial to many students with print/visibility learning differencesStudents still get information despite reading abilityAudio booksAudible.com, iTunes audio book store, Amazon Audio books, PlayAway devicesAudacityCreate your own audio booksText-to-Speech Reading toolsRead and Write GoldKurzweilBalabolkaWrite:OutloudKindle, Nook other text-to-speech enabled e-readersSpeechmaker toolConvert digital text to mp3 file Available in Read &amp; Write Gold, Balabolka, KurzweilPortable Readers/OCR devicesIntel ReaderThe Reading Pen2 by Wizcom
  • Text to Speech as Processing SupportFor students with LD’s not typically associated with visual print disabilities (ADHD, slow processors…)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.
  • Reading fluency toolsFluencyTutorAllows you to help build and measure oral reading fluency
  • Eliminating DistractionsReadability toolweb tool to help eliminate distractions on web pages Simple tool that can be loaded to web browsers to eliminate unnecessary text and images on screen when reading onlineRWG Screen Masking toolMany choice to help you focus on the line or window of your documentSmartBoard Screen Shade tool
  • Transcript of "Assistive technology presentation 2010 final"

    1. 1. Assistive Technology in a 1-to-1 Environment<br />Sally Garza<br />Director of Technology<br />Lawrence Upper School<br />sgarza@lawrenceschool.org<br />www.lawrenceschool.org <br />440-832-7840<br />
    2. 2. About Lawrence School<br /><ul><li>Independent school to teach students with distinct learning styles, ignite their potential, and inspire academic and social success.
    3. 3. 2 campuses
    4. 4. Broadview Hts. – Lower School grades 1-6
    5. 5. About 90 students
    6. 6. Sagamore Hills – Upper School grades 7-12
    7. 7. About 225 students
    8. 8. Class sizes
    9. 9. 9:1 in Lower School
    10. 10. 11:1 in Upper School</li></li></ul><li>LD Population at Lawrence School<br />Many Diagnosed With:<br /><ul><li>learning differences
    11. 11. Dyslexia
    12. 12. Dysgraphia
    13. 13. Dyscalculia
    14. 14. Executive Dysfunction
    15. 15. Expressive Language Disorder
    16. 16. Phonological Processing Disorder
    17. 17. Receptive Language Disorder
    18. 18. Visual Motor Integration Difficulties
    19. 19. attention deficits
    20. 20. ADD
    21. 21. ADHD
    22. 22. Executive Function issues
    23. 23. organizational problems
    24. 24. other processing differences
    25. 25. Asperger’s Syndrome</li></li></ul><li>Lawrence School Teaching Methods<br /><ul><li>Multi-sensory platform (hear, see, do)
    26. 26. Organizational strategies embedded in all subject areas
    27. 27. Brain-based learning strategies
    28. 28. Differentiated instruction
    29. 29. Opportunities for social and academic experiences and success
    30. 30. Building wide classroom management (assertive discipline model)</li></li></ul><li>Technology in Building and Classrooms<br />SmartBoards and projectors in every classroom<br />1 set of 32 SmartBoard Interactive Response devices and receiver for check out by teachers<br />All Upper School students have a tablet or laptop that they take to all classes<br />High school students also take home their tablet computers; middle school students do not<br />All staff has tablet computer to use in classroom with DVD capability<br />Wireless network throughout building<br />Printers, digital cameras, camcorders, microphones available as needed by teachers<br />Headsets to all staff and students<br />More for sale in school bookstore<br />
    31. 31. Assistive Technology Program<br />Started in early 2003 with in computer lab with a handful of students<br />Tested every AT program on the market at the time<br />Had students help evaluate software<br />Was it easy to use?<br />How long was training period? <br />Would they use it?<br />Students and staff selected Read & Write Gold as Lawrence School’s assistive technology software<br />
    32. 32. Assistive Technology Program Now<br />Read & Write Gold and Inspiration on all computers from 1-12 grade<br />Dragon Naturally Speaking available to students as needed<br />After school training done with one of the school’s learning specialists until they have mastered techniques<br />Available to students 5-12 grades based on learning difference and academic need<br />AlphaSmart NEO’s available to any Lower School student with written expression issues or dysgraphia<br />
    33. 33. Training for Staff & Students<br />1 full day training session for pilot teachers and staff in 2005 from a vendor<br />Since then, have done all training in-house<br />Teach tools as needed to students and staff including weekly Tech Tips and 10-15 minute group training<br />Teach tools in short increments with opportunities to practice & play<br />Videos for each tool are great resource as well!<br />
    34. 34. Parent Training<br />Assistive technology training throughout the year to parents<br />Goal to teach them what software their children are using<br />Encourages home assistive technology use on laptops/tablet computers<br />
    35. 35. Assistive Technology as Tool, not just for “Special” Students<br /><ul><li>Treat assistive technology software as every day software that helps us with our lives
    36. 36. Comparable to drivers using GPS in car for navigation; most people can read and map but people use for a variety of reasons, including:
    37. 37. Convenience
    38. 38. Efficiency
    39. 39. Navigation assistance due to issues with directions or spatial understanding</li></li></ul><li>Changing Attitude of Using Assistive Technology Tools<br />System-wide adoption and implementation crucial to de-stigmatizing assistive technology tools<br />If everyone is using it and trained on it, then no stigma for using it yourself<br />
    40. 40. How AT Tools Are Used in the Classroom<br />
    41. 41. What AT Tools are Students Using at Lawrence School?<br />95% of students use text-to-speech for reading purposes in class with teacher and for homework independently<br />5% use speech-to-text<br />2-3% use word prediction<br />Inspiration software used in every grade and subject level to plan projects and papers, either independently or in whole-class discussions<br />
    42. 42. How Teachers Use AT Tools Within the Classroom<br />High School:<br />English teachers use Spell Check, Word Wizard, Dictionary Tool and Homophone Checker tools as proofreading/editing tools<br />English, Science and Social Studies use Study Skills highlighters for researching information online<br />Science/Math teachers use Talking Calculator conversion tools<br />Spanish teacher/students use Translator tool to help reinforce vocabulary and pronunciation skills<br />
    43. 43. How Teachers Use AT Tools Within the Classroom<br /><ul><li>Middle School:
    44. 44. 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
    45. 45. Lower School
    46. 46. Demystification Project: Online researching for 6th graders about learning differences
    47. 47. Topics typically written above reading level</li></li></ul><li>Specific Tools for Specific Situations<br />
    48. 48. Organizing Work, Homework, and Projects<br />Assignment notebooks<br />To keep track of homework and assignments due<br />Digital versions:<br />Outlook<br />Excel, Word<br />Saywire (online tool)<br />Google Calendar (online tool)<br />Outlook<br />Cell/Blackberry/iTouch or Ipods<br />
    49. 49.
    50. 50. Templates & Forms<br /><ul><li>Teachers can help students with Templates:
    51. 51. Starting points for assignments
    52. 52. Skeletal maps for entire class or for differentiated instruction
    53. 53. Online worksheets for tablet inking in Word or Windows Journal
    54. 54. Can use Forms/Developer tools to lock down documents
    55. 55. May interfere with the way Spellchecker can be used!
    56. 56. Can be done in Word, Excel, Power Point, Inspiration</li></li></ul><li>Planning and Concept Mapping Tools<br />MS Office: Smart Art tools<br />Bubbl.us (online tool)<br />Inspiration<br />
    57. 57. Inspiration Tools to Help with Organizing Ideas and Details<br />
    58. 58. Bubbl.us – free online web mapping tool<br />
    59. 59. 2-Column Notes<br /><ul><li>Uniform note taking construction
    60. 60. Key terms on left; details on right
    61. 61. Can be offered to students in skeletal format if needed
    62. 62. Can be done in Word, Power Point, Windows Journal, OneNote…
    63. 63. Search templates online for Cornell Notes</li></li></ul><li>
    64. 64. Skeletal Notes<br />Great for kids who struggle with copying information from board quickly<br />For differentiated instruction for older students <br />For everyone in middle school or younger<br />
    65. 65.
    66. 66. Picture Boards<br />Help students align vocabulary or concepts to pictures and definitions <br />Pictures can be drawn or inserted via clipart or from Google Images<br />Can be done in any program <br />Word<br />Power Point <br />also allows sound to be added as well)<br />Publisher<br />Inspiration<br />Windows Journal<br />
    67. 67.
    68. 68. Quizzing and Testing with Assistive Technology<br /><ul><li>Quia.com
    69. 69. Subscription service
    70. 70. Quizstar.4teachers.org
    71. 71. Free service (able to use text-to-speech tools or can upload audio to quiz itself)
    72. 72. Using Forms templates in MS Word 2003 or 2007
    73. 73. Under Developer Ribbon in MS 2007!
    74. 74. Alternative Assessments for LD students
    75. 75. Projects vs tests
    76. 76. Oral or Recorded Audio responses instead of handwritten
    77. 77. Power Point in Insert Sounds, Narration
    78. 78. Audacity (free software)</li></li></ul><li>Spelling Help<br /><ul><li>Many students need help spelling words
    79. 79. Google Chrome: built in spell check on web fields
    80. 80. ieSpell: Internet Explorer plug-in if you don’t want to use Google Chrome!
    81. 81. Read & Write Gold Dictionary: phonetic spell check as well ability to view definitions and hear words before making selection
    82. 82. Ghotit: context sensitive spellchecker; plugin for Office 2007; free for schools and free online spellcheck service; minimal cost for home user
    83. 83. However, many students perseverate over misspellings and inhibit the writing process
    84. 84. Turn off Check Spelling As I Write options in word processor</li></li></ul><li>Word Prediction Tools<br /><ul><li>Many students know what they want to say but have a hard time in figuring out how to start to write or get bogged down with the process of writing to get their ideas onto the page
    85. 85. Word Prediction tools help during writing process; most will give a list of the most common used as you are writing and most software will learn how you write the more you use it
    86. 86. Popular titles:
    87. 87. Read & Write Gold
    88. 88. Co:Writer
    89. 89. WordQ</li></li></ul><li>Listening/E-Reader tools<br />Offering students listening alternatives to reading is crucial to many students with print/visibility learning differences<br />Students still get information despite reading ability<br /><ul><li>Audio books
    90. 90. Audible.com, iTunes audio book store, Amazon Audio books, PlayAway devices
    91. 91. Audacity
    92. 92. Create your own audio books
    93. 93. Text-to-Speech Reading tools
    94. 94. Read and Write Gold
    95. 95. Kurzweil
    96. 96. Balabolka
    97. 97. Write:Outloud
    98. 98. Kindle, Nook other text-to-speech enabled e-readers
    99. 99. Speechmaker tool
    100. 100. Convert digital text to mp3 file
    101. 101. Available in Read & Write Gold, Balabolka, Kurzweil
    102. 102. Portable Readers/OCR devices
    103. 103. Intel Reader
    104. 104. The Reading Pen2 by Wizcom</li></li></ul><li>Text to Speech as Processing Support<br />For students with LD’s not typically associated with visual print disabilities (ADHD, slow processors…)<br />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.<br />
    105. 105. Reading Fluency Tools<br /><ul><li>FluencyTutor</li></ul>Allows you to help build and measure oral reading fluency<br />Students record themselves reading online where they can hear and self-assess what they recorded as well as being assessed by teacher<br />Scores on assessments automatically recorded and graphed via a variety of reporting options to both student/parent and teacher<br />
    106. 106. Eliminating Distractions<br />Readability tool<br />web tool to help eliminate distractions on web pages <br />Simple tool that can be loaded to web browsers to eliminate unnecessary text and images on screen when reading online<br />RWG Screen Masking tool<br />Many choice to help you focus on the line or window of your document<br />Smart Board Screen Shade tool<br />
    107. 107. Resources<br />
    108. 108. Questions<br />
    109. 109. Where differences are not disabilities;where great minds don’t think alike.www.lawrenceschool.org<br />
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