Applying Technology to assist Study Skills Development

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Michael Pitcher and Charmaine McKissock of Iansyst outline strategies for using technology to assist with study skills.

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Applying Technology to assist Study Skills Development

  1. 1. Applying Technology to assist Study Skills Development Assessor Conference 2010 Presenters from Iansyst: Michael Pitcher & 30 th – 31 st March 2010 Charmaine McKissock
  2. 2. “ Assistive technology is generally not effective for students with LD unless it is combined with instructional and learning strategies that permit students to take advantage of the power of the technology.” Linda Hecker and Ellen Urquhart Engstrom Chapter 21: Assistive Technology and Individuals with Dyslexia
  3. 3. Existing Study Skills Linked to AT <ul><li>No recognised courses in the use of AT for developing Study Skills </li></ul><ul><li>Study Skills tutors vary in knowledge & access to AT </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Difficult to keep up-to-date with new technologies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Range of technology is vast </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Equipment issues </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Study Skills often taught separate to AT </li></ul>
  4. 4. TASS? Study Skills Strategies IT tools
  5. 5. TASS course overview <ul><ul><li>(Teaching Technology Assisted Study Skills) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>At present: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>intensive 2-day format </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. 1: Reading and Research Strategies . Types and Causes of Reading Difficulties: including how AT can support neuro-diversity . Active Reading Strategies: including the ‘SLEEP’ strategy Readability and Access to Text: how technologies can assist Exam Revision Strategies: including the use of recording devices with AudioNotetaker. . .
  7. 7. 2: Composition Skills <ul><li>Exploring The Writing Process : introducing Writing Ladders & Templates </li></ul><ul><li>Composition and Editing: using Spellchecking & Prediction software to help with discursive essay writing </li></ul><ul><li>Drafting the perfect Paragraph: introducing the notion of using Voice Recognition Software to help create paragraphs </li></ul><ul><li>Proofreading strategies alongside Text-to-Speech software </li></ul><ul><li>Five Stages of Mind Mapping: exploring the use of various Concept Mapping applications to help organise & structure writing. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Our approach Analytical and research-based: why do students have particular difficulties? Experiential: what does it really feel like to experience a particular issue? Practical: real materials, equipment and situations...
  9. 9. Making IT choices to support reading
  10. 10. Technology Assisted Note-making The SLEEP strategy!
  11. 12. S kim read the text to get the gist. L ook & L isten carefully to whole text. E xtract key points E mploy your notes P ut your notes away
  12. 13. Contact us iansyst ltd Fen House Fen Road Cambridge CB4 1UN Tel: 01223 420101 Fax: 01223 426644 [email_address] www.iansyst.co.uk

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