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Tech Tools for Writing and Organization
Tech Tools for Writing and Organization
Tech Tools for Writing and Organization
Tech Tools for Writing and Organization
Tech Tools for Writing and Organization
Tech Tools for Writing and Organization
Tech Tools for Writing and Organization
Tech Tools for Writing and Organization
Tech Tools for Writing and Organization
Tech Tools for Writing and Organization
Tech Tools for Writing and Organization
Tech Tools for Writing and Organization
Tech Tools for Writing and Organization
Tech Tools for Writing and Organization
Tech Tools for Writing and Organization
Tech Tools for Writing and Organization
Tech Tools for Writing and Organization
Tech Tools for Writing and Organization
Tech Tools for Writing and Organization
Tech Tools for Writing and Organization
Tech Tools for Writing and Organization
Tech Tools for Writing and Organization
Tech Tools for Writing and Organization
Tech Tools for Writing and Organization
Tech Tools for Writing and Organization
Tech Tools for Writing and Organization
Tech Tools for Writing and Organization
Tech Tools for Writing and Organization
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  • My background…6 years as upper elementary teacher in Palm Springs (NSH, Gen Ed with RSP track)Intel Teach the Teachers for technology integration8 years as AT Specialist in Poway3 years with AAC included, last 5 as AT onlyPreschool to Transition – primarily grades 3-8All areas of disability – primarily SLD, OHI, ASD, CS, and OIInvolved with writing the AT guide for past 3 years
  • Tools include equipment, software, and iDevice appsDemonstrate many of the tools
  • Using tools that you already have in your classroomAT is mostly out of the picture
  • Strategies:Organization• Use printablegraphic organizers• Use index cards to organize ideas• Teacher provides text with keywords highlightedDrafting & Editing• Use highlighters to find errors• Use an erasable pen to reduce frustration• Use writing checklists Spelling• Students use available resources (dictionary, word walls, thesaurus)
  • Consider testing the following areas…ABC123 (dictate numbers in a random order) near point*far point*dictation* (do not count misspelled words as errors)*Use different sentences for eachAlso good to get an independent keyboarding sample – have the student pick a topic of interest and write 3-5 sentences. Note the letter typed at each minute and the average of all sentences
  • Strategies:Study Skills:Peer note takerUse "Power of Color" within Word (background color, highlighting color and font color tools) to reinforce concepts, to determine salient points and for reviewUse the "Organizational Chart" in the Diagram Gallery that is part of the Drawing Toolbar in Word to reinforce concepts and relationships which promotes learningTime Management:Notebook/assignment checks by teacherSchool-wide homework systemsDesignated place in class for completed assignments
  • AT Consult level
  • Find an exampleof an implementation plan
  • AT Assessment level
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    • 1. Tech Tools for Writing and Organization Shawn Tran Assistive Technology Specialist Poway Unified School District
    • 2. Session Agenda Premise of the Guide Tier 1 – Writing and Organization  Definition, Roles & Responsibilities, Tools, Data Collection Tier 2 – Writing and Organization  Definition, Roles & Responsibilities, Tools, Data Collection Tier 3 – Writing and Organization  Definition, Roles & Responsibilities, Tools, Assessment & Follow-up
    • 3. Assistive Technology Guide www.assistivetechnologyguide.org
    • 4. Premise of the Guide Teachers will learn how to consider the student, the environment, and the tasks in order to identify the appropriate tools to support learning (SETT) AT Specialists will support school site teams by providing training and consultation Three-tiered model that includes ideas for tools, strategies, and data collection at each level 80% of student needs will be met at Tier 1 using tools and strategies that teachers have available and can readily implement Remaining 20% of students will require more specialized technology provided through Tiers 2 and 3
    • 5. Areas of Focus WRITING Fine Motor – handwriting and keyboarding Organization – brainstorming and pre-writing Drafting and Editing – draft writing and publishing Spelling ORGANIZATION Study Skills – task organization, managing materials, note-taking Time Management – student planners, calendars
    • 6. Description of Tier 1 Targets building academic skills for all students using resources readily available in the classroom Teachers gather basic student profile information about academic skills and formulate clear, realistic goals. Teachers identify tasks and barriers within the curriculum where students are unable to participate and modify the environment based on those needs. Use of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles guide the modification to support the widest number of learners Use of Tier 1 supports will meet the academic needs of the majority of students
    • 7. Roles and Responsibilities – Tier 1 IEP Team AT Specialist Creates a positive learning environment  Supports school site staff through general through use of readily available classroom AT trainings resources  Answers questions about the Tier 1 Tools and Implements ideas from the Tier 1 Tools and Strategies list Strategies list Gathers basic student profile information about written language Accesses free and available district resources Accesses trainings for Tier 1 support tools Identifies needs for further interventions through data collection
    • 8. Tier 1 Writing Tools Fine Motor Organization Drafting & Spelling Editing• Adapted pencils & • Graphic organizers • Highlighters • Personal print pens • Story starters & • Erasable pens dictionary• Pencil grips prompts • Writing & editing • Standard dictionary• Adapted paper, • Writing frames checklists • Thesaurus color-coded lined • Index cards • Dictionary and • Word walls paper, & raised-line thesaurus paper • Highlighters• Writing & signature guides• Word, number, alphabet, & name stamps• Magnetic letters• Hard copy printouts
    • 9. Tier 1 Writing Tools Low Tech Tools: Onion Mountain Technology Graphic Organizers: Great Source iWrite Scholastic Story Starters Writing and Editing Checklist Personal Print Dictionary:  K-2 Printable (grades K-2)  Mr. Myers (grades 3-8)
    • 10. Tier 1 Data Collection for Writing Fine Motor Composition• Students handwriting level with • Written language samples and without Tier 1 tools and • Examples of dictated work strategies compared to handwritten work• Handwriting samples • Spelling scores• Pencil grip method • Rubric scores• Keyboarding rate • Standardized test scores
    • 11. Obtaining a Keyboarding Rate Select a sentence that includes every letter of the alphabet at once.  The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dogs.  The king and queen wore fuzzy slippers when jumping over the cardboard box.  It was not until daylight that the very dizzy farmer spied the jumpy old fox by the square chicken coop. Time the student while he/she is typing the sentence. Count the number of correct letters typed. Do not count errors, spaces, or punctuation. Use following formula to determine the student’s keyboarding speed: Correct # of Letters ÷ Seconds × 60 = LPM LPM ÷ 5 = WPMAdapted from Assistive Technology Assessment: Developing a Written Productivity Profile by Denise DeCoste
    • 12. Tier 1 Organization Tools Study Skills Time Management• Cloze technique for note-taking • School Planner• Color-coded folder & notebook • Calendar system • Checklists• Teacher web sites for homework and notes
    • 13. Tier 1 Data Collection for Organization Study Skills Time Management• Examples of notes taken in various • Examples of completed planner classes pages• Type of organizational method for • Types of checklists provided assignments & papers • Documentation of met & missed• Student preference for due dates organizational method
    • 14. Description of Tier 2 Teachers identify individual students whose academic needs are not being met by use of UDL and Tier 1 tools and strategies. Teachers use data to target needs and barriers that require further support and strategies. IEP team begins to trial specialized equipment and gather data about the effectiveness of the equipment. AT Specialist guides the team in selecting appropriate equipment, providing the equipment for the trial, and supporting implementation.
    • 15. Roles and Responsibilities – Tier 2 IEP Team AT Specialist Implements ideas, strategies, and supports  Provides training for ideas, strategies, and from the Tier 2 Tools and Strategies list supports from the Tier 2 Tools and Strategies list Identifies and clarifies additional needs and  Provides IEP team with information and barriers resources regarding AT Requests consult from AT Specialist  Provides consultation for individual students per district procedures Provides data from the trials of Tier 1 tools and strategies  Models and provides access to trainings for specific tools, software, and devices Collects data on newly implemented strategies and/or equipment  Supports IEP team with technology trials and provides data collection forms Accesses training resources  Follows district procedures for repair and Includes AT supports and equipment in IEP maintenance of equipment Special Factors
    • 16. Tier 2 Writing Tools Fine Motor Organization Drafting & Spelling Editing• Word processing • Graphic organizer • Word processing • Handheld program websites program dictionary & spell• Portable word • Microsoft Word checker (with or processor forms – checklists, without auditory multiple choice, fill- feedback)• Keyboarding websites & in-the blank • Word processor software • Portable word spelling & grammar processor check • Audio recorder • Text-to-speech software add-ons • Computer operating system features
    • 17. Tier 2 Writing Tools Keyboarding Websites: Dance Mat Typing (elementary) & Typing Web (middle & high) Graphic Organizers: Holt Interactive Graphic Organizer Free Text-to-Speech: Natural Reader Interactive Writing Support: ReadWriteThink Portable word processor: NEO, Writer, Fusion, Forte
    • 18. Tier 2 Data Collection for Writing Fine Motor Composition• Students handwriting level with • Written language samples with the the use of Tier 2 tools and use of Tier 2 tools and strategies strategies • Spelling scores• Handwriting samples • Rubric scores• Pencil grip method • Standardized test scores• Keyboarding rate
    • 19. Tier 2 Organization Tools Study Skills Time Management• Digital recorder • Talking watches• Electronic flashcards • Online calendars • Electronic datebook or calendars • Portable word processor with built-in calendar • Time-tracker software UDL Tech Toolkit
    • 20. Tier 2Data Collection for Organization Study Skills Time Management• Examples of electronic notes • Examples of completed taken in various classes electronic calendar pages• Type of organizational method • Types of organizers trialed for assignments & papers • Documentation of met & missed• Student preference for due dates organizational method
    • 21. Description of Tier 3 Targets students with the most complex needs Identified needs have not been adequately met through access to tools and strategies at Tiers 1 or 2 Students require a specialized evaluation to determine individual needs IEP team works collaboratively with AT Specialist to complete an evaluation of needs and identify appropriate technology and services Implementation plan is developed to define roles and responsibilities of IEP team members Students may require additional follow-up and technical interventions to support recommended technology Long-term trials may be required along with an on-going assessment
    • 22. Roles and Responsibilities – Tier 3 IEP Team AT Specialist Contacts the AT Specialist for assistance  Collaborates with IEP Team to complete the AT assessment Supports the AT evaluation with data collection and monitoring of trials with  Secures equipment for assessment trials technology  Prepares a written report that includes data from Identifies student needs and preferences for technology trials and recommendations tools and/or devices  Attends IEP meetings as needed to review AT Implements suggested items from the Tier 3 assessment results Tools and Strategies list  Assists in the development of the Implementation Participates in trainings Plan Includes AT supports and equipment in IEP  Explores funding options and assists in the Special Factors ordering of equipment Supports student use of tools/devices and  Provides training for all assistive technologies continues to collect data on AT supports  Assists in troubleshooting and repair of equipment as needed
    • 23. Tier 3 Writing Tools Fine Motor Organization Drafting & Spelling Editing• Voice recognition • Voice recognition • Voice recognition • Electronic word software software software walls• Tablet devices • Graphic organizer • Scan & read • Voice recognition• Laptop & netbook software software software computers • Scan & read • Text-to-speech • Word prediction software software software • Writing software • Writing software • Text-to-speech with picture support with picture support software • Evernote (Mac, • Writing software PC, & mobile with picture support devices) • OneNote (PC & mobile devices)
    • 24. Tier 3 Writing Tools (Software) Voice recognition software: Dragon Naturally Speaking & Speak Q Organizational software: Inspiration, Draftbuilder, OneNote, Evernote Scan & Read software: Kurzweil 3000, Read and Write Gold, WYNN, SOLO Suite Picture-supported writing software: Writing with Symbols 2000, Clicker 6, Symwriter Text-to-speech software: Write OutLoud Word prediction software: CoWriter & Word Q Electronic word wall: Clicker 6
    • 25. Tier 3 Writing Tools (iDevice Apps) Voice recognition app: Dragon Dictate (free)  Must have active wireless or cellular service Word prediction app: Typ-O HD ($14.99)  Also includes text-to-speech and speech-to-text  Must have active wireless or cellular service for speech-to-text  Voices for text-to-speech are more realistic with an active wireless or cellular service Graphic organizer app: Inspiration Maps ($14.99)  Inspiration Lite (free)  Evernote & Evernote Peek (free)  One Note (free) Book-writing app: Pictello ($18.99)
    • 26. Tier 3 Organization Tools Study Skills Time Management• Smartpens that link written notes • Handheld electronic organizer and audio• Evernote (Mac, PC, & mobile devices• OneNote (PC & mobile devices)
    • 27. Tier 3Organization Tools (iDevice Apps)  Reminders & Notes (included on all iDevices)  My Homework (free)  $1.99 to enable syncing to website  Voice Memos – many options free and paid  FlashCards – many options free and paid  Evernote & Evernote Peek (free)  OneNote (free)  Must create a Hotmail or Windows Live email account
    • 28. Tier 3 Assessment and Follow-Up Assessment is guided by data collected in Tiers 1 & 2 Use the SETT framework to match student needs with options for technology supports Assessment procedures may include observations, direct assessment measures, and technology trials Conduct short-term and/or long-term AT trials Develop a formal, written report documenting the results of the AT assessment and future AT recommendations Develop an Implementation Plan to identify the roles and responsibilities for each member of the IEP team  University of Kentucky Assistive Technology (UKAT)  Oregon Technology Access Program (OTAP)  National Assistive Technology Research Institute (NATRI) Acquire equipment and provide necessary trainings for successful implementation

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