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Presentation on assistive technology for Shaywitz Conference June 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.
  • 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 & Write Gold as Lawrence School’s assistive technology software
  • Assistive Technology Program NowRead & 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 & 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 & 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 & 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 & 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 & 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 & 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

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  • Assistive Technology in a 1-to-1 Environment
    Sally Garza
    Director of Technology
    Lawrence Upper School
    sgarza@lawrenceschool.org
    www.lawrenceschool.org
    440-832-7840
  • About Lawrence School
    • Independent school to teach students with distinct learning styles, ignite their potential, and inspire academic and social success.
    • 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
  • LD Population at Lawrence School
    Many Diagnosed With:
    • learning differences
    • 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
  • Lawrence School Teaching Methods
    • 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)
  • Technology in Building and Classrooms
    SmartBoards and projectors in every classroom
    1 set of 32 SmartBoard Interactive Response devices and receiver for check out by teachers
    All Upper School students have a tablet or laptop that they take to all classes
    High school students also take home their tablet computers; middle school students do not
    All staff has tablet computer to use in classroom with DVD capability
    Wireless network throughout building
    Printers, digital cameras, camcorders, microphones available as needed by teachers
    Headsets to all staff and students
    More for sale in school bookstore
  • Assistive Technology Program
    Started in early 2003 with in computer lab with a handful of students
    Tested every AT program on the market at the time
    Had students help evaluate software
    Was it easy to use?
    How long was training period?
    Would they use it?
    Students and staff selected Read & Write Gold as Lawrence School’s assistive technology software
  • Assistive Technology Program Now
    Read & Write Gold and Inspiration on all computers from 1-12 grade
    Dragon Naturally Speaking available to students as needed
    After school training done with one of the school’s learning specialists until they have mastered techniques
    Available to students 5-12 grades based on learning difference and academic need
    AlphaSmart NEO’s available to any Lower School student with written expression issues or dysgraphia
  • Training for Staff & Students
    1 full day training session for pilot teachers and staff in 2005 from a vendor
    Since then, have done all training in-house
    Teach tools as needed to students and staff including weekly Tech Tips and 10-15 minute group training
    Teach tools in short increments with opportunities to practice & play
    Videos for each tool are great resource as well!
  • Parent Training
    Assistive technology training throughout the year to parents
    Goal to teach them what software their children are using
    Encourages home assistive technology use on laptops/tablet computers
  • Assistive Technology as Tool, not just for “Special” Students
    • Treat assistive technology software as every day software that helps us with our lives
    • Comparable to drivers using GPS in car for navigation; most people can read and map but people use for a variety of reasons, including:
    • Convenience
    • Efficiency
    • Navigation assistance due to issues with directions or spatial understanding
  • Changing Attitude of Using Assistive Technology Tools
    System-wide adoption and implementation crucial to de-stigmatizing assistive technology tools
    If everyone is using it and trained on it, then no stigma for using it yourself
  • How AT Tools Are Used in the Classroom
  • 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 independently
    5% use speech-to-text
    2-3% use word prediction
    Inspiration 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 Classroom
    High School:
    English teachers use Spell Check, Word Wizard, Dictionary Tool and Homophone Checker tools as proofreading/editing tools
    English, Science and Social Studies use Study Skills highlighters for researching information online
    Science/Math teachers use Talking Calculator conversion tools
    Spanish teacher/students use Translator tool to help reinforce vocabulary and pronunciation skills
  • How Teachers Use AT Tools Within the Classroom
    • Middle 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 students
    • Lower School
    • Demystification Project: Online researching for 6th graders about learning differences
    • Topics typically written above reading level
  • Specific Tools for Specific Situations
  • Organizing Work, Homework, and Projects
    Assignment notebooks
    To keep track of homework and assignments due
    Digital versions:
    Outlook
    Excel, Word
    Saywire (online tool)
    Google Calendar (online tool)
    Outlook
    Cell/Blackberry/iTouch or Ipods
  • Templates & Forms
    • Teachers can help students with Templates:
    • Starting points for assignments
    • Skeletal maps for entire class or for differentiated instruction
    • Online worksheets for tablet inking in Word or Windows Journal
    • Can use Forms/Developer tools to lock down documents
    • May interfere with the way Spellchecker can be used!
    • Can be done in Word, Excel, Power Point, Inspiration
  • Planning and Concept Mapping Tools
    MS Office: Smart Art tools
    Bubbl.us (online tool)
    Inspiration
  • Inspiration Tools to Help with Organizing Ideas and Details
  • Bubbl.us – free online web mapping tool
  • 2-Column Notes
    • Uniform note taking construction
    • Key terms on left; details on right
    • Can be offered to students in skeletal format if needed
    • Can be done in Word, Power Point, Windows Journal, OneNote…
    • Search templates online for Cornell Notes
  • Skeletal Notes
    Great for kids who struggle with copying information from board quickly
    For differentiated instruction for older students
    For everyone in middle school or younger
  • Picture Boards
    Help students align vocabulary or concepts to pictures and definitions
    Pictures can be drawn or inserted via clipart or from Google Images
    Can be done in any program
    Word
    Power Point
    also allows sound to be added as well)
    Publisher
    Inspiration
    Windows Journal
  • Quizzing and Testing with Assistive Technology
    • Quia.com
    • Subscription service
    • Quizstar.4teachers.org
    • Free service (able to use text-to-speech tools or can upload audio to quiz itself)
    • Using Forms templates in MS Word 2003 or 2007
    • Under Developer Ribbon in MS 2007!
    • Alternative Assessments for LD students
    • Projects vs tests
    • Oral or Recorded Audio responses instead of handwritten
    • Power Point in Insert Sounds, Narration
    • Audacity (free software)
  • Spelling Help
    • Many students need help spelling words
    • Google Chrome: built in spell check on web fields
    • ieSpell: Internet Explorer plug-in if you don’t want to use Google Chrome!
    • Read & Write Gold Dictionary: phonetic spell check as well ability to view definitions and hear words before making selection
    • Ghotit: context sensitive spellchecker; plugin for Office 2007; free for schools and free online spellcheck service; minimal cost for home user
    • However, many students perseverate over misspellings and inhibit the writing process
    • Turn off Check Spelling As I Write options in word processor
  • Word Prediction Tools
    • 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
    • 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
    • Popular titles:
    • Read & Write Gold
    • Co:Writer
    • WordQ
  • Listening/E-Reader tools
    Offering students listening alternatives to reading is crucial to many students with print/visibility learning differences
    Students still get information despite reading ability
    • Audio books
    • Audible.com, iTunes audio book store, Amazon Audio books, PlayAway devices
    • Audacity
    • Create your own audio books
    • Text-to-Speech Reading tools
    • Read and Write Gold
    • Kurzweil
    • Balabolka
    • Write:Outloud
    • Kindle, Nook other text-to-speech enabled e-readers
    • Speechmaker tool
    • Convert digital text to mp3 file
    • Available in Read & Write Gold, Balabolka, Kurzweil
    • Portable Readers/OCR devices
    • Intel Reader
    • The Reading Pen2 by Wizcom
  • Text to Speech as Processing Support
    For 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 Tools
    • FluencyTutor
    Allows you to help build and measure oral reading fluency
    Students record themselves reading online where they can hear and self-assess what they recorded as well as being assessed by teacher
    Scores on assessments automatically recorded and graphed via a variety of reporting options to both student/parent and teacher
  • Eliminating Distractions
    Readability tool
    web 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 online
    RWG Screen Masking tool
    Many choice to help you focus on the line or window of your document
    Smart Board Screen Shade tool
  • Resources
  • Questions
  • Where differences are not disabilities;where great minds don’t think alike.www.lawrenceschool.org