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  1. 1. MCOM 585 Internship Log Fall 2009 Dr Walton's Dr. Sockman's Week Date Time Hours Summary/Reflection Comments Comments PDS Assistive Technology Workshop: Dr. Joyce Burgener coordinated with the Office of Disability Services to put together a workshop introducing PDS students to assistive technologies. During this time, students were split into groups to walk around to each station. I was placed at the High Technology table. At this table, equipment was displayed and explained to PDS students. The AT I was responsible for demonstrating was Therma Pen, and Books on Tape. Therma Pen is used for students who have a tactile learning style. Books on Tape is an audiobook on tape, CD or MP3 file. ESU maintains an institutional membership with Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic Blair's help with (RFB&D) in order to provide taped the AT Thank you for 11:00 AM- textbooks to eligible students with workshop was your help this 1 9/4/2009 3:00 PM 4 print related disabilities. invaluable. day. Kurzweil3000: Watched and took notes on the How to Videos. Kurzweil Educational Systems' research-aligned technologies provide complete reading, writing, and study solutions to help all students overcome learning challenges and succeed academically. It’s a reading, study skill, and writing program that educators can use to meet the needs of struggling learners, including ELL students and students with special needs. It enables educators to provide differentiated instruction without having to differentiate the curriculum. In addition, Kurzweil provides blind users access to printed and electronic materials. Scanned print documents and digital files (such as eBooks or email) are converted from text to speech and read aloud. All products incorporate the most clear, human-like synthesized voices available coupled with a robust set of easy-to-use features for accessing, reading, managing and creating text and images. Research has been completed on Kurzweil 3000 proving to improve the learning levels of students with learning disablies. My Neat. I will look notes on the How to Videos was forward to you completed in an outline format. showing me Kurzweil 3000: How to Videos some of the • Work with Kurweil 3000- The Basics things. I want to oMain Menu Bar: File, Edit, Scan, adocate for the Read, View, Tools, Reference, program and 2:00 PM- Window, Online, Help more knowledge 2 9/9/2009 5:00 PM 3 oMain Toolbar: New, Open, Save, will help.
  2. 2. Print, Scan, Back, Red, Forward, Aud, Def, Synonym, Syllables, Spell, Help oReading Toolbar/Settings: Reading Speaker, Reading Speed oDocument Window: To Read or Stop Reading Press: Read, Pause, F3 oHelp or F1 for Online Help •Show or Hide Toolbars oGreen= Study Skills Toolbar oBlue= Writing Toolbar (Editing Tools) oYellow= Reading Toolbar oRed= Main Toolbar •Change Reading Options oHighlights Reading Unit in a Color & Current Word in Another Color oSpeakers 1st Button the Left on the Reading Toolbar Nicky, LH Michelle/Michael, Microsoft Mary/Mike/Sam, VW Kate/Paul oReading Mode 2nd Button the Left on the Reading Toolbar Continuous, Self-paced, Word by word oReading Unit 3rd Button from the Left on the Reading Toolbar Word, Phrase, Line, Sentence, Paragraph, Heading, Highlight oReading Speed 4th Button the Left on the Reading Toolbar #; how fast the voice will read aloud •Look Up a Word oSelect Word, Select Definition in Main Toolbar, Click Read, End Close oSelect Reference at Main Menu Bar, Select Look Up Word By Type, Type the Word, Select an Option, End Close oShort Cuts Word Definitions= (Ctrl +D) OR Synonym= Ctrl + Q •Use Color Highlighters to Study oGreen= Study Skills Toolbar (Erase, Yellow, Green, Cyan, Magenta, Footnote, Sticky, Text, Close, Voice, Delete, Bookmark) oExample: Highlight Yellow= Main Ideas, Cyan= Details, Select Reading Unit Highlight in the Reading Toolbar, Select Read oStudy Documents: File, Extract Annotations, Highlights, OK •Create an Outline oUse Highlighters from Reading Toolbar: Yellow= Main Ideas, Green= Details; Same as Study Documents: File, Extract Annotations, Highlights, OK; Indent 0.30 in. and Prefix %I) or %1) . •Create Sticky Notes and Text Notes oStudy Skills Toolbar: Footnote,
  3. 3. Sticky, Text, Voice, oSticky Note Maker: Select Sticky Note Button, Click in the document to where you would like to place it, (Notice: it is not transparent.) Type/ Copy/Paste Text into the Note, Reads at the end of the Document oText Notes Maker: Text, IT IS TRANSPARENT, so place into a space where there is no text underneath, Next Type into the Note, Read as part of the Doc •Prepare a Test Documents oTo Fill in the Blanks of a Word/Kurzweil Document: Select Tools, Select Fill in the Blanks, Test Takers Click & Type their Answers into the Text Notes, Select Apply Toolbar Sets #10 Test Taking Tools Test Taking Tools: New, Open, Save, Print, Read, Delete, Spell Check, Predict, Highlight, Red Circle, Erase, Help oSave Toolbars in Document: File, Properties, General Options, Save Toolbars in Document, OK oSpeak as Typing: to hear what is being typed; Select Tools, Options, General, Speak as typing Choose ANY or ALL of options (Whole Words/ Whole Sentences are most helpful), APPLY, OK, Save Doc & ready for Test Takers •Highlight and Circle Test Answers oTo Highlight Answer: Select Highlight (Yellow) in the Test Taking Toolbar, then drag mouse over the correct answer oTo Circle Answer: Select Red Circle in the Test Taking Toolbar, then drag over the correct answer oErase: Select the Erase Button, Drag over the Answer oSave test document often, and read over to check answer •Work with a Fill in the Blanks Test oSelect Read or F3 to read over the test; Kurzweil 3000 Pauses at each BLANK oThis blanks are actually Text Notes, Click Note & Type, Tab for next blank, If Answer is already in the type Drag and Drop, Save test document often, and read over to check answer Pen Quick Link Elite: This piece of AT collects notes electronically from any printed text, anytime, anywhere. It also gives users all new electronic note taking capabilities, such as highlighting, reading notes aloud, beam it to smartphones. Students can 2:00 PM- scan and store up at 1,000 pages of 2 9/12/2009 5:00 PM 4 text in English (it also sscans in VERY NEAT!
  4. 4. German, Swedish, Portuguese, Spanish, Italian and French). QuickLink recognizes 6-22 point font sizes (bold, italic, underline, inverted text) with 2 MB integrated flash memory. This reads your scanned notes aloud using the text to speech function, either through the built in speaker or headphones. It also includes an English dictionary. First I read over the Quick Start Guide, skimmed the manual, reviewed the Super Pen Easy Steps and then began to play around with the Pen. After playing around with the QuickLink- Pen Elite, I am slowly getting the hang of using the applications. I am able to scan, store and transfer. Howevering seeing word definitions, accessing definitions of words within scanned notes, and hears spoken words aloud is something I'm having a difficult time with. I think with more time and practice I will be able to use the QuickLink-Pen correctly. In addition, I think that reviewing in a few times and helping another person use it I will gain a better understanding of how to use it more often. Read & Write Gold is a fully comprehensive application toolbar similar to Kursweil3000. It provides an outstanding literacy support synonymous and is used in almost any windows application. It's a simple to use toolbar that "floats" on top of any open application. Assistance can then easily be called upon as you work. Features include speech, spelling, homophone support, scanning, word prediction, dictionary, speech markers, fact folder, fact finder, speech input, calculator, word wizard, pronunciation tutor and a teachers toolkit. Speech - Read & Write (V9) GOLD color highlights and reads the words, sentences or paragraphs in your document providing audio-visual reinforcement and helping to develop recognition of new words and vocabulary. Speech is also an integral part of the other support features, for example, you can have the Word Prediction suggestions read to you. The RealSpeak® voice is now provided as standard and provides the most human-sounding voice available today. Spelling - Read & Write (V9) GOLD incorporates a fast advanced spellchecker specifically designed to solve the most complex of phonetic errors. The spellchecker can be
  5. 5. customized to suit individual needs and provides audible definitions of alternative suggestions to help you choose the correct one. Homophone Support - Read & Write (V9) GOLD will identify and provide audible definitions for like sounding words to improve the accuracy of your work. Scanning - Scan any text document into Word or any other major word processor enabling on screen editing and text reading. Scanned material will be incorporated into a familiar mainstream environment, allowing the document to be made easily available to other Users. This is key to inclusive education and integration. There is also the option to scan any text document into Internet Explorer for "near perfect" image generation or a text only image to which a User defined style sheet can be applied. Word Prediction - This will aid in sentence construction by suggesting and predicting words. Word predictor will learn as correct text is typed, dramatically aiding the development of literacy and increasing accuracy. With context and phonetic based word prediction. Dictionary - 180,000-word talking dictionary and dictionary will benefit you by helping to increase your literacy and creative writing skills. Speech Maker - converts selected text into speech, which can be saved as an audio file (.wav, MP3, .wma) capable of being played on any suitable device. Fact Folder – This desk research tool allows you to capture text from any application, classify it, attach pictures and bibliography information and record its source. This information can be converted to a slide show and document to help studying and revision. Fact Finder – this web search tool searches the web to find relevant information associated with your research topic. Search engines in 6 different categories are provided for you to choose from. Speech Input (only available with USA
  6. 6. version) – speak into your computer and have what you say converted to text on the screen. Help is provided to assist you to train the software to recognize your voice. Simple and Scientific Calculator – On screen calculator provides all the main functions of a simple or scientific calculator with audible feedback and audit trail. Word Wizard - Word wizard assists in developing creative sentences by offering solutions for vocabulary. When you are searching for the word you want to use Word Wizard takes you though a simple step by step process till you find the word you are looking for. Pronunciation Tutor - The Pronunciation Tutor will break words into syllables allowing easy recognition and pronunciation. Includes a moving mouth, to aid the development of more accurate speech. Teachers Toolkit – enables educators to specify which Read & Write (V9) GOLD features a particular student has access to and see student spelling logs and activity logs. Resources: Andrich, R., & Besio, S. (2002). Being informed, demanding and responsible consumers of assistive technology: an educational issue. Disability and Rehabilitation, 24(1/2/3), 152-159. King, T. W. (1998). Assistive Technology: Essential Human Factors. Boston, MA: Allyn & Bacon. State., & Governments, L. (n.d.). Student Placement in Elementary and Secondary Schools and Section 504 and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Retrieved September 15, 2009, from /list/oc/docs/placpub.html Used Kurzweil 3000 to create Sticky Notes and Text Notes within the resource article given on AT. In addition, worked with a student worker to create Kurweil3000 Files and MP3 Files. Kurzweil 3000 files can come from the publisher, scan in with a scanner or from a PDF file. PDF needs to be saved in a KES1V Printer in which is the Kurzweil Format. To create an MP3 File from the Kurzweil It seems like 2:00 PM- Text, unwanted text/images must be many could 3 9/15/2009 5:00 PM 3 removed before hand. Once unwanted benefit from this.
  7. 7. text/images are removed, select File, Audio Filer, Create Audio File using Speaker VW Paul because he sounds more realistic and Speed can be 140-150, 145 is most common. MP3 Files are stored in folders by textbook name and saved by chapter numbers. In addition to reviewing and learning more about Kurzweil 3000, Dr. Walton gave me a list of students to contact about scheduling meeting times for training on equipment. Training will take place in three sessions : 1) Introduction of Equipment/Program in detail, 2) Review Equipment/Program with the student, and 3) Monitor student while he/she is working independently on equipment/program and be around for assistance. AT Training that I will assist students in, as of now, will include Kurzweil 3000, Read and Write Gold, and Reading Pen. When the students are using Kurzweil3000 I would like to teach them how to use it for two major functions: 1) Read Aloud and 2) Take Notes from text to study from. Other AT that I will train students in will come once I have completed training myself. We have a lot of incoming students who have never had access to this AT Training: 3 PM Train Student I in technology but 2:00 PM- Kurzweil 3000. 4 PM Train Student A will benefit from 3 9/16/2009 5:00 PM 3 in Read & Write Gold. using it. 2 PM Train Student C in Kurzweil3000. 3 PM Webinar for myself on Kurzweril3000. The Webinar needed to be downloaded by Cisco WebEX Meeting Center in order to view. Cambium Learning Family of companies and is split into three different groups. They harness the unique attributes of technology to address specific instructional needs. It is helpful for students that are struggling and/or part of the 2 sections of the RTI model. This program is for third grade students to adulthood. Kurzweil3000 supports Note: Unless you fluency, vocabulary, comprehension, want the writing, and test taking skills. It is a information for text to speech program. The yourself, the framework of how to teach writing is copy & pasted developed within the tools. Quickly information in students go from reading to writing here is not and can manage complex tasks to necessary. That become better writers. A central is - all of the info 2:00 PM- problem in the writing of students with on the product or 4 9/22/2009 5:00 PM 3 learning disabilities is their failure to webinar.
  8. 8. plan and organize their thoughts. Powerful writing features and tools were created to work with the writing process. Brainstorming and outlining tools are there to help students create notes to save for writing assignments. Kurzweil3000 bridges the gap between reading and writing by allowing students to quickly use organizational notes while working with a draft. In addition, it helps prompt students to use word areas such as transitional words or summary verbs, accessing definitions and a floating word list. Draft and split screen mode is available for students to write and revise in a single shot. In addition, within the same screen a review checklist can be created for students to double check their work. Note Snippet is in a read only view. Access notes with a working document. New writing templates, as well as create your own, for common writing tasks. Writing templates include graphical brainstorm view similar to kidspiration and inspiration programs. Kurzweil3000 brings reading and writing closer together by incorporating powerful writing tools and supports students' needs. Within this powerpoint presentation, a step by step tutorial was given in the new program of Kurzweil very similar to the how to videos from the help button. 4 PM Train Student J in Kurzweil3000. NEW! "Connecting the Power of Audio Books Players with Accessible Educational Content". (2009, September 15). Retrieved September 22, 2009, from /en/newsletter/60-t.html Products for Blindness, Low Vision & Learning Disabilities - HumanWare USA. (n.d.). Retrieved September 22, 2009, from for PDF Downloadable file of Resource Guide- Assistive Technologies That Support Learning Disabilities. 2 PM Train Student M in Read&Write Gold with a Webinar. Webinar is web conferencing used to conduct live meetings, trainings or presentations via the Internet. In a web conference, each participant sits at his/her won computer and is connected to other participants via internet. The purpose of this webinar was to accomplish three goals with the Read & Write Gold program. The goals were: (1) 2:00 PM- What is Read & Write Gold?; (2) What 4 9/23/2009 5:00 PM 3 does it do?; and (3) How does it work? same as above.
  9. 9. Within this web conference I learned many important skills that will help me use this program as well as teach other students. Read & Write Gold is assists students to read, write and study/research. When using this to read, it can read files in three different formats (Text, PDF, Html) each with different ways of operating. Read & Write Gold helps all readers and writers succeed. It improves reading fluency and comprehension, facilitates research, writing and test taking, encourages independence and inclusion, provides tools suited for instructional supports across all RTI Tiers, supports principles of UDL, integrates with mainstream Windows applications and includes powerful teacher support tools. This program supports students with reading and writing difficulties, learning disabilities, and English as a second language. Features included in the Read & Write Gold are: Text to Speech, Phonetic Spell Checker, Word Prediction, Talking Dictionary, Word Wizard, Homophone Checker, Talking Calculator, Screenshot Reader, Speech Maker, DAISY Reader, Pronunciation Tutor, Scanning, Fact Finder, Fact Folder, Online Fact Mapper, Screen Masking, Speech Input, Online Translator, PDF aloud, Study Skills Tools, Summary Feature, NIMAS Conversion Tool and Teacher’s Toolkit. Using the webinar was very constructive. It trained two other people as well as me in operating Read & Write Gold at the same time. I had never done a webinar before this experience so I was not sure what was going to happen. It was interesting and convenient because if I missed something I could just ask or if someone else missed something they could ask. Everyone was able to takes notes consistently. Overall, it was a very enjoyable experience and I would like to be trained with webinars more often. 3 PM Student I follow up training. 4 PM Student A Kurzweil3000 Training. Schofield, J. (2009, September 23). Gadgets for people with disabilities: free-form phones and talking jam-jars | Technology | The Guardian . Retrieved September 24, 2009, from /technology/2009/sep/23/gadgets-
  10. 10. people-disabilities-phones/print GLADER, P. (n.d.). Online High Schools Test Students' Social Skills - Retrieved September 24, 2009, from /article /SB125374569191035579.html?m 2 PM Train Student C. 3 PM Train Student L. 4 PM Train Student A. Clicker 5 is a writing support and multimedia tool for students. It is raising reading and writing standards in the classroom around the world. It helps all learners succeed including struggling readers and writers, English language learners, and more able students. It can be used on Windows, as well as Mac Computers. Includes speech supported word-processor, text is highlighted as it is spoken and everything that is typed will be spoken back to the student in a clear voice. Students can hear if they make any mistakes and then correct those mistakes. Clicker also has grids that support student writing. Grids allow students to write full words, phrase and pictures. Students are able to create sentences without having to type out each letter. It is very motivating for early learners or struggling writers. Grids can be sequenced to support larger pieces of writing into small sections. Talking Books- can create books appropriate for students of all ages. Using Talking Books students can view complex text with speech support to create their own book based on their comprehension of the original text. Students can type directly into the text box or use a pop-up grid to support their writing. The internet is helpful for students to look up new words not in the word blank. Clicker 5 supports photos and text from a website to be used as a copy and paste tool. Always look up copyright issues before using items from the internet. Creating Grids on Clicker 5 you can type words into the grid, or you may use existing Clicker 5 Grids to be personalized for the classroom. It will be Pictures are already included and will interesting to appear when that word is typed into a learn your cell. Also you may use your own usefulness of photos to personalize the learning. these items. I Creating Multimedia Projects on know many Clicker 5 will integrate technology into teachers enjoy the curriculum. Students will locate Talking Books. I 2:00 PM- and create their own photos from the had never heard 5 9/30/2009 5:00 PM 3 book. The projects are determined by of Clicker 5.
  11. 11. outcomes, support literacy, encourage creativity, and motivate students of all abilities. Clicker is the proven reading and writing tool that helps students of all abilities to achieve rapid and permanent gains in their levels of reading and writing. Clicker is used on over half a million school computers, and is central in many special needs environments as well as a mainstay in regular education. Clicker 5 boost writing independence, encourages self-correction with a natural voice, built writing confidence, promotes reading independence with talking books, develops English language learners’ literacy skills, and supports students with all needs. Clicker Paint is an educational art tool to support teaching and learning in all content areas involving the use of Clicker 5. This program was designed by teachers and has many uses for in the classroom. In addition, it was designed for student use therefore making the layout on their level creating a new way of meeting course objectives. Clicker Paint students can create a talking books with picture sequences, in addition to a variety of literacy activities. Interactive Whiteboards can be used with Clicker Paint with the whole classroom or in a small group setting. 2 PM Train Student J. PPT on Ethics & AT: How can we get it right? Dr Gillian Ward Sr Lecturer in AT Coventry University PPT on Ethical issues in AT Goode., & Susan. (2006). Assistive Technology and Diversity Issues. Topics in Early Childhood Special Education, 26(1), 51-54. Martinez-Marrero, I., & Estrada- Hernandez, N. (2008). Assistive Technology: An Instructional Tool to Assist College Students with Written Language Disabilities. TechTrends, 52(1), 56-62. Gamble, M. J., Dowler, D. L., & Orslene, L. E. (2006). Assistive technology: Choosing the right tool for the right job. Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, 24, 73-80. Levy, N. (2002). Reconsidering Cochlear implants: the lessons of Martha’s Vineyard. Bioethics, 16(2), 135-152. Alaimo, C. A. (2009, October 1). I attended one High-tech math helps heads to D-M of Blair's 2:00 PM- school. Retrieved October 2, 2009, training 5 10/1/2009 5:00 PM 3 from sessions. OK
  12. 12. /education/311362 • Feldman, B. (2009, October 2). Surfing the Net With Kids: Phonics - The Boston Globe. Retrieved October 2, 2009, from 2 PM Train Student T in Kurzweil3000. NO SHOW :( 3 PM Train Student M in Kurzweil3000. 4 PM Train Student D in Kurzweil3000. NO SHOW Assistive Technology Articles from ERIC: Bausch, M., Quinn, B., Chung, Y., Ault, M., & Behrmann, M. (2009). Assistive Technology in the Individualized Education Plan: Analysis of Policies across Ten States. Journal of Special Education Leadership, 22(1), 9-23. Dreon, O., & Dietrich, N. (2009). Turning Lemons into Lemonade: Teaching Assistive Technology through Wikis and Embedded Video. TechTrends: Linking Research and Practice to Improve Learning, 53(1), 78-80. Education’s, t. U. (2006). MOVING TOWARD SOLUTIONS. Retrieved October 6, 2009, from /custom?q=cache:0xK8ZXFzkLcJ:www. /documents /MovingTowardSolutions.pdf+Moving+T cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us& client=google-coop-np Garland- Thomson, R. (2006). Ways of Staring -- Garland-Thomson 5 (2): 173 -- Journal of Visual Culture. Retrieved October 6, 2009, from /abstract/5/2/173 Jutai, J., Strong, J., & Russell-Minda, E. (2009). Effectiveness of Assistive Technologies for Low Vision Rehabilitation: A Systematic Review. Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness, 103(4), 210-222. MacMillan, A. (2009, October 5). Internet addiction linked to ADHD, She is very depression in teens - thorough in her Retrieved October 6, 2009, from instructions while being able /10/05 to connect the /depression.adhd.internet.addiction process to /index.html Mueller, J., Wood, E., things the Hunt, J., & Specht, J. (2009). student has Assessing Adult Student Reactions to done before. Assistive Technology in Writing She connects Instruction. Adult Basic Education and the study skills Literacy Journal, 3(1), 13-23. part of Kurzweil Platt, T. to useful skills (2003, July 7). The Frightening for each 2:00 PM- Agenda of the American Eugenics student. Great 6 10/6/2009 5:00 PM 3 Movement. Retrieved October 6, job. ok
  13. 13. 2009, from /1551.htm Peters, K., Remmel, E., & Richards, D. (2009). Language, Mental State Vocabulary, and False Belief Understanding in Children with Cochlear Implants. Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, 40(3), 245-255. Zambo, D. (2009). Using Visual Literacy to Help Adolescents Understand How Images Influence Their Lives. TEACHING Exceptional Children, 41(6), 60-67. Zascavage, V., & Winterman, K. (2009). What Middle School Educators Should Know about Assistive Technology and Universal Design for Learning. Middle School Journal, 40(4), 46-52. 3 PM Train Student AL in Kurzweil3000. 4 PM Train Student TY in Kurzweil3000. Contacted students to come in for training. Also contacted 2:00 PM- students to come in for training who 6 10/7/2009 5:00 PM 3 did not show up yesterday. OK 2 PM Train Student TY. 3 PM Train Student AL. 4 PM Train Student MC All students seems to understand how Kurzweil300 is supposed to operate. Now we just need to get their books in electronic format for them to use Kurzweil 3000. Begin researching ideas for the topic of "Thanksgiving" to create a Talking Book in Microsoft PPT. Talking Books created in Microsoft PPT to create mouse- operated talking books using pictures scanned in from real books. The purpose of this is important because access to literature is necessary for all students. Talking books are visual aids with stimulating and colorful books being read aloud by creator or MP3 files. I am very excited to begin 2:00 PM- working with Talking Books in PPT as 7 10/14/2009 5:00 PM 3 well as Clicker. OK Recreate Ordering Books for Spring Checklist/Handout Went on Clicker 5 & reviewed Examples in Science & Math. I really enjoyed all of the visual and auditory effects. I felt that these resources were educational and fun. I would like to continue reviewing Clicker and seeing what other options/strategies are out there, in addition to the other subjects.Talking Books: Dougherty, B. (2008). Littlest Pilgrim. New York: Cartwheel Books 2:00 PM- This book is the one I decided to use 8 10/20/2009 6:00 PM 4 to create my talking book.This book is ok
  14. 14. 32 pages long and the reading level is for students ages 4-8. I began scanning in all of the pictures from the book. I rather have too many picture than not enough. However, the appearance was not coming out clear enough (after I scanned all 32 pages!). So I decided to go back, RE-Scan & maybe play around/change the setting of the photo begining scanned before scanning. Finally I found a setting that was suitable. I only scanned a few this way as a test. After I scanned a few pages, I opened the photos in Adobe's Photoshop CS4. In Photoshop CS4, I selected Adjustments, Auto Curves. This gave the picture a clearer picture that looked similar to the picture book itself. I plan on finishing scanning tomorrow in the setting I found appropriate and Photoshoping all of the photos to make the photos look clear and neat. Scanned, uploaded and Photoshop all images from "The Littlest Pilgrim." Created a Talking Book using Microsoft PPT 2007. Read, researched and developed a PowerPoint Presentation of Talking Books. The PPT includes: (1) What are Talking books? (2) Who uses talking books? (3) How to create a Talking Book (STEP BY STEP Directions), (4) My Example in PPT 07, (5) Summary and (6) References. I will email you my PPT for any feedback to improve on. Overall, I really enjoyed creating the Talking Book. I feel that this was extremely useful for me to learn because I do not know what type of classroom I will be teaching in. In addition, I am not aware of the type of resources and materials my school district will have access to and developing a Talking Book for a student/ classes interests and development level is going to be helpful and useful in the future. I do not mind using the Power Talk. I could record my own voice reading the text, just like in a vodcast/podcast. However, I am not comfortable enough with recording my own voice. Unless someone else I know is interested in performing for my assignments, I will most likely use Power Talk. I also finished created a handout for the DS Office. The Handout was developed for students to order books for their spring This is a good 2:00 PM- semester classes. I will also take job on creating 8 10/21/2009 7:00 PM 5 home Clicker 5 & Clicker Paint to a talking book. ok
  15. 15. download onto my HOME lab top. This way I will be able to read the manual and identify concepts on Clicker outside of the DS Office. Feedback from Talking Book. Downloaded a Book from a Word File into a Kurzweil3000 File. Research topic on Veteran's Day for Clicker project. Presentation on Moodle VS 2:00 PM- Wikispace for a Distance Education 9 10/27/2009 5:00 PM 3 Course ok Research Moodle to create a OK -Let me know presentation of a basic overview of if you have any Moodle. Research sources were: question. I 2:00 PM- Google,, and cannot answer 9 10/28/2009 5:00 PM 3 all, but a lot. Trained Student JS in Kurzweil3000 and downloaded textbooks on to his jump drive. I have all of my resources and materials ready to create templates in Clicker 5 on the topic of Veterans Day. However it is not working. I took out the User Guide Manual and began to follow that STEP by STEP. But again it was not inserting my text/graphics. I went onto the Clicker website and download/read over Power Points on Clicker 5 & Paint in the classroom. Each PPT gave ideas and strategies on using in the classroom and what you can create just NOT HOW TO CREATE. As you can tell I am getting a little frustrated. I told Dr. Walton and she searched for videos yet the videos wouldn't play. They were only text boxes listing the same steps as in the manual. I emailed the Tech Support from the website and they said it would take at least 48 hours to email me back. After reviewing the samples that Clicker displays, I wanted to create templates that would be useful for labeling, classifying, unscramble terms, fill-in missing letters, and so forth with grid tables already developed with the terms and pictures for visual definition/cue for students to display the term. Most of the terms were symbols, such as American Flag, Bald Eagle, Plane (Air Force), Boat (Navy), and so on. Finally, I decided to take a break and take the Manual home with me to work on the program at my computer. Maybe I will have better results. I wonder if I can find a template similar in Microsoft Office??! I went back to work on Kurzweil 3000, to read over an article or two for my graduate courses and then maybe Clicker 5 did not develop a handout on Kurzweil 3000 seem to be 2:00 PM- for future student use. Kurzweil 3000 working very 10 11/3/2009 5:00 PM 3 was not responding. Therefore, I well. OK
  16. 16. closed out the program. Clicker 5 just Worked on using Clicker 5 again. needs a better Finally completed what I needed to computer as 2:00 PM- accomplish. Will present Moodle next you saw when 10 11/4/2009 5:00 PM 3 week. we worked on it. Low Vision Expo at the Chateau Resort and Conference Center in Tannersville, PA. The event will I spoke with a feature expert presenations on the representative lastest in devices, technology and of MCCB who techniques all for people with low was very glad vision. I really enjoyed myself at this that Blair event. I went home leaving with a lot attended the 1:00 PM- of useful resources as well as hearing Low Vision 10 11/6/2009 5:00 PM 4 personal experiences. Expo. ok I put a folder on Dr Walton's desktop and labeled it BLAIR. Everything that I have created so far is in that folder. Kurzweil 3000 is a mixture of things. It is a PDF File with 3 sections. The First section is a PowerPoint Presentation that I FOUND online. I felt that it gave a great explanation along with details describing an overview of Kurzweil 3000. The NEXT Part is a little CHEAT SHEET (3 pages long) That I created for the students I was training. The Third Part is something I found online that I thought would be really helpful for teachers & students, it combines SQ3R & Kurzweil. Clicker PPT Is Divided into 5 Sections -What is clicker 5? -What is new? -Clicker in your classroom -Quick Tips -Additional Information All of the SLIDES WITH SCREEN SHOTS were taken FROM THE CLICKER website. I felt that there were a clearer visual aid than the ones I was creating. Using Kurzweil 3000 to read over articles & PPTS on Blair developed Digital Books. Scanned hard copy of a training files into the Kurzweil3000 format. powerpoint on Used Kurzweil 3000 to read and Kurzweil and highlight useful information about Clicker 5. She Trade Books, eBooks, MP3 Books, etc. created and Saved files into PDF & merged into demonstrated a 2:00 PM- ONE document to my jump drive for lesson done in 11 11/10/2009 5:00 PM 3 later use. Clicker. PaTTAN Assistive Technology (AT) Expo 2009 K-12 in Lehigh Blair presented Valley/Allentown, PA. This expo is an me with opportunity for educators & families to information from explore software, devices and AT Expo and we 9:00 AM- strategies that enable students to had a discuss 11 11/11/2009 4:00 PM 7 access curriculum and meet with about AT. ok
  17. 17. success. Dr. Sockman and I spoke about Blair and her internship, professional Intern Meeting with Dr. Sockman to development 2:00 PM- Review Artifacts and Reflections on and personal 11 11/12/2009 2:30 PM 0.5 Internship growth. Nov. 11 4:00 PM- Speaking to Dr. Sockman's MCOM 580 11 11/12/2009 4:30 PM 0.5 Class EfolioPA 2 PM Training in Kurzweil 3000 for a graduate student in AT course. 2:30 PM Help Dr. Walton to play a CD within her PowerPoint with the one CD for all slides. 3-5 PM Research References on Font Preferences Arditi, A. (2004). Adjustable typography: an approach to enhancing low vision text accessibility. Ergonomics, 47(5), 469-482. Retrieved from Computers & Applied Sciences Complete database. Arditi, A., & Cho, J. (2005). Serifs and font legibility. Vision Research, 45(23), 2926-2933. Retrieved from MEDLINE database Bailey, I., Lueck, A., Greer, R., Tuan, K., Bailey, V., & Dornbusch, H. (2003). Understanding the Relationships Between Print Size and Reading in Low Vision. Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness, 97(6), 325. Retrieved from Academic Search Complete database. Bernard, M., Chaparro, B., Mills, M., & Halcomb, C. (2003). Comparing the effects of text size and format on the readibility of computer-displayed Times New Roman and Arial text. International Journal of Human- Computer Studies, 59(6), 823. doi:10.1016/S1071-5819(03)00121-6. Bradbury, H., & Ross, K. (1990). THE EFFECTS OF NOVELTY AND CHOICE MATERIALS ON THE INTRANSITIVITY OF PREFERENCES OF CHILDREN AND ADULTS. Annals of Operations Research, 23(1-4), 141-159. Interesting Retrieved from Computers & Applied articles that Sciences Complete database show the need to be aware of Erdoğan, Y., & Bayram, S. (2007). The font size for any 2:00PM effects of gender and visual disability print 12 11/17/2009 -5:00PM 3 factors on the legibility of web pages. presentation.
  18. 18. Journal of Literacy & Technology, 8(1), 1-20. Retrieved from Education Research Complete database. Fiske, D. (1994). Removing Obstacles to Easy Reading. Technical Communication: Journal of the Society for Technical Communication, 41(2), 269-75. Retrieved from ERIC database. Kay, R. (2001). Type Fonts. Computerworld, 35(1), 54. Retrieved from Computers & Applied Sciences Complete database Mansfield, J., Legge, G., & Bane, M. (1996). Psychophysics of reading. XV: Font effects in normal and low vision. Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science, 37(8), 1492-1501. Retrieved from MEDLINE database. Pei Fen, C., Yan Peng, L., & Siew Woei, L. (2009). On the Design Preferences for Ebooks. IETE Technical Review, 26(3), 213-222. doi:10.4103/0256-4602.50706 Russell-Minda, E., Jutai, J., Strong, J., Campbell, K., Gold, D., Pretty, L., et al. (2007). The Legibility of Typefaces for Readers with Low Vision: A Research Review. Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness, 101(7), 402-415. Retrieved from Education Research Complete database. Schaefer, K. (2003). E-Space Inclusion: A Case for the Americans with Disabilities Act in Cyberspace. Journal of Public Policy & Marketing, 22(2), 223-227. Retrieved from Business Source Premier database. Handout from Gary Braman MCOM 262 DeskTop Publishing Basics Font Videos /watch?v=m6djQHeqMwQ&NR=1 /watch?v=9MoxKXEBRC8&NR=1 /watch?v=ezyRovNSaHs Surface Computer /video:1762379 Information On Amazon Kindle Amazons-Original-Wireless- generation/dp/B000FI73MA Kindle videos 2:00PM were very 12 11/18/2009 -5:00PM 3 /wiki/Amazon_Kindle interesting.
  19. 19. /sportsgirls92/the-amazon-kindle- 1947963 /amazon-kindle-e-book-reader /mqaissaunee/the-amazon-kindle- the-iphone-and-the-sdk-presentation /hacking-your-kindle-oscon- lightning-talk /iphone-as-kindle-ereader /search?hl=en&client=firefox- a&rls=org.mozilla%3Aen- US%3Aofficial&hs=Mcr& as_q=Amazon+Kindle&as_epq=& as_oq=&as_eq=&num=10& lr=&as_filetype=pdf& ft=i&as_sitesearch=&as_qdr=all& as_rights=&as_occt=any& cr=&as_nlo=&as_nhi=&safe=images You Tube Views on Amazon’s Kindle /watch?v=BKUKQ7QqOHw& feature=related /watch?v=89mSosMsEyg& feature=related /watch?v=oi2q5gTlu6o&NR=1 /watch?v=GI0Zry_R4RQ&NR=1 Reflection time. Review all artifacts and put together on, 2:00PM and In EfolioPA, create 13 11/24/2009 -5:00PM 3 a separate tab to display all artifacts. OK Watched her set up Kurzweil on computer and initiate 2:00PM Reflect and set up for Presentation on program for 14 12/1/2009 -5:00PM 3 Kurzweil 3000. Print out handouts. demo. Speaking to Dr. Sockman's MCOM 580 5:00PM - Class About Kurzweil 3000 & Talking 14 12/1/2009 5:30 PM 0.5 Books Learned more about Moodle Presented a brief overview, using my and viewed 2:00PM professional development materials, training 14 12/2/2009 -5:00PM 3 on Moodle with Dr. Walton. information with
  20. 20. Blair. 12:00 PM- Lunch to celebrate the ending of the 15 12/9/2009 12:30 PM 0.5 semester. OK. Total Hours 90