For higher incidence learning disabilities.
Hear Your Writing <ul><li>Word Talk  is a free add on to Microsoft Word.  It reads your writing aloud and highlights in th...
Use Your Camera Phone <ul><li>Qipit and Scanr are free program that allow you to take photos with your camera phone and se...
Use Mind Maps and Graphic Organizers <ul><li>There are many website that offer free mind mapping tools here are a few: </l...
Micro Blogs  <ul><li>Use micro blogs to post assignments or update your students on the any classroom news </li></ul><ul><...
Store it Online <ul><li>We all know the student who will loss the work sheet between here and the locker, or will forget t...
Note to self… <ul><li>Encourage your students to figure out what how to best use technology combined with their learning s...
Change Your Font <ul><li>Certain fonts may be more helpful to learners with the visual kind of dyslexia or those learners ...
Install a Screen Reader <ul><li>A screen reader will read what is on the computer screen to your students.  There are many...
Enable Your Web Browser <ul><li>Firefox has many accessible add ons that can be installed together in the form of accessib...
Use Visual Supports <ul><li>Learn about visual supports: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>www.usevisualstrategies.com </li></ul></ul>...
Free Photographs and Picture Symbols for Visual Supports <ul><li>www.do2learn.com – mostly schedule and personal care rela...
Turn Your Computer Screen into A Timer <ul><li>This works especially well if your teacher computer links to the T.V. scree...
Other places to find links to free AT <ul><li>Teaching Every Student Blog  http://teachingeverystudent.blogspot.com/2007/0...
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Free AT and Technology for HIgher Incidence Special Needs

  1. 1. For higher incidence learning disabilities.
  2. 2. Hear Your Writing <ul><li>Word Talk is a free add on to Microsoft Word. It reads your writing aloud and highlights in the color of your choice as it does so. </li></ul><ul><li>Power Talk does the same for Power Point </li></ul><ul><li>www.wordtalk.org.uk and fullmeasure.co.uk/powertalk </li></ul><ul><li>Free slide show tutorial www.slideshare.net/paulhami/word-talk </li></ul><ul><li>Good for learners with reading, spelling and attention troubles. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Use Your Camera Phone <ul><li>Qipit and Scanr are free program that allow you to take photos with your camera phone and send them to their websites which will, in turn either publish them online or allow you to print what you shot. </li></ul><ul><li>www.qipit.com, www.scanr,com </li></ul><ul><li>Good for learners with handwriting and memory troubles. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Use Mind Maps and Graphic Organizers <ul><li>There are many website that offer free mind mapping tools here are a few: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Bubbl.us </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mindomo.com </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mind42.com </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Other sites offer us various graphic organizers to try here are a few: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>exploratree.org.uk </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>freeology.com/graphicorgs/ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>webenglishteacher.com/graphic.html </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Good for learners on the autism spectrum and those with some kinds of reading disabilities </li></ul>
  5. 5. Micro Blogs <ul><li>Use micro blogs to post assignments or update your students on the any classroom news </li></ul><ul><li>Or if you are a real technophile have your students micro blog to turn in assignments, comment and keep in touch. </li></ul><ul><li>Some micro blogs to consider: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>tumblr.com </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>jottit.com </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Store it Online <ul><li>We all know the student who will loss the work sheet between here and the locker, or will forget to bring it home. </li></ul><ul><li>Save a copy of worksheets online so that students only have to worry about the return trip using free online storage programs, this also means that students can do make up work immediately when they are out </li></ul><ul><li>Sites to use: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>diino.com </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>dropboks.com </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Google documents </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Zoho documents </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Note to self… <ul><li>Encourage your students to figure out what how to best use technology combined with their learning style to get things done. (Let’s face it after high school very few of us stick with the assignment notebook system.) </li></ul><ul><li>At the end of every period insist that all students record the assignment in their assignment notebook but also in some other method which could include: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Jott – a free web program that allows you to call yourself on your cell phone and then e-mails you the right info at the right time www.jott.com </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sandy – a free web program that provides you with Sandy, a personal assistant, iwantsandy.com </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Using a voice recorder or a voice recorder attachment to an iPod </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>E-mailing yourself on a Blackberry or iPhone </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>SMS (texting) yourself on your cellphone </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Using calendar software on a Palmpilot, Blackberry or iPhone </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Using calendar software online, such as Google’s iCal </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use free to do list programs like Remember the Milk (www.rememberthemilk.com) Toodledo (www.toodledo.com) or Ta Da List (www.tadalist.com) </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Change Your Font <ul><li>Certain fonts may be more helpful to learners with the visual kind of dyslexia or those learners with low vision. </li></ul><ul><li>Here are some links to downloads of fonts: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>www.fonts.com/AboutFonts/Articles/fyti/Typography+for+Children.htm </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>www.k-type.com/fontlexia.html </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Install a Screen Reader <ul><li>A screen reader will read what is on the computer screen to your students. There are many free text to speech utilities out there. </li></ul><ul><li>One is built into Windows, look under accessibility in the control panel. </li></ul><ul><li>Firefox, the web browser, has one of my favorites, Click, Speak (go to “get extensions”) or www.clickspeak.clcworld.net . </li></ul><ul><li>Others you can download, such as: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>www.naturalreaders.com/download.htm </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Enable Your Web Browser <ul><li>Firefox has many accessible add ons that can be installed together in the form of accessibar. (accessibar.mozdev.org/). It includes: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Web page fonts and background colors can be changed from a selection of 70 colors on current session </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Full Page Zoom interface now available (for Firefox nightly builds only). </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Icons with configurable shortcut keys to increase and decrease Font size. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Line spacing can be increased or decreased to five different spacing settings incrementally. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>All images (including Flash) displayed on a web page can be selected as being hiden or shown. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>All changes made to web page display can be restored to original page settings by pressing “Restore Page“. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Changes made to the currently displayed web page persist until “Restore Page“ is selected. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Integrated Text To Speech reader. Reads out strings hovered over as well as focused elements. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reader settings can be configured allowing the selection of the voice, volume, speaking rate, pitch, and voice range. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Toolbar functions have configurable Hotkeys (keyboard shortcuts). </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Use Visual Supports <ul><li>Learn about visual supports: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>www.usevisualstrategies.com </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>www.polyxo.com/visualsupport </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>www.card.ufl.edu/visual.htm </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Use them by: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Using picture or text schedules and lists </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Making the rules visual </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Using visual cues for transitions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use First/Then, Now/Later, and To Do Lists </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use the international “no” sign (red circle with line through it) when something is not an option </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Providing “maps” so students can “find their way around” everything from inside their desks, to the building to their papers, to bibliographies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>In the lower grades or with non-readers using photographs and picture symbols </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Make step by step photographic or picture based instruction for things like science labs or art projects </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Consider making The Visual Dictionary (http://visual.merriam-webster.com/index.php) your online dictionary </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Consider using your computer monitor, power point and words or symbols to visualize transitions </li></ul><ul><li>This will help all visual learners, all multi-modal learners, those on the autism spectrum, those with dysphonetic dyslexia, those with non-verbal learning disabilities, those with Fragile X and Down Syndrome. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Free Photographs and Picture Symbols for Visual Supports <ul><li>www.do2learn.com – mostly schedule and personal care related line drawings </li></ul><ul><li>www.imaginesymbols.com – 4,000 full color drawing for use in schedules, communication and education materials </li></ul><ul><li>www.sclera.be/English/index.htm - 14,000 pictograms for education, schedules and communication all are black on white in design </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t forget that you can use your digital camera, Google images and website like Flickr as well. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Turn Your Computer Screen into A Timer <ul><li>This works especially well if your teacher computer links to the T.V. screen or a smart board. </li></ul><ul><li>Download a time from this site: </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.harmonyhollow.net/cool_timer.shtml </li></ul><ul><li>Or link to a live timer at this site: </li></ul><ul><li>http://edtech.kennesaw.edu/intech/javatimer/javatimer.html </li></ul><ul><li>Now your students have a visual measure of how much time is left to a task. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Other places to find links to free AT <ul><li>Teaching Every Student Blog http://teachingeverystudent.blogspot.com/2007/06/free-technology-toolkit-for-udl-in-all.html </li></ul><ul><li>Free Assistive Technology You Already Own </li></ul><ul><li>http://speaking.stanford.edu/Back_Issues/SOC68/highlights/Free_Assistive_Technology.html </li></ul><ul><li>One Stop for Free A.T. </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.onlineconferencingsystems.com/at.htm </li></ul><ul><li>Free Resources From the Net for (Special) Education Blog </li></ul><ul><li>http://paulhami.edublogs.org/ </li></ul><ul><li>OATSoft </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.oatsoft.org/ </li></ul>

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