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Technology and the special needs learner

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Technology and the special needs learner

  1. 1. Technology and the Special Needs Learner<br />Technology for the Blind Student<br />
  2. 2. What Is Assistive Technology<br />Tools that impaired individuals can use in order to increase or maintain functionality<br />Tools can include<br />physical equipment<br />computer software<br />electronic devices and more<br />
  3. 3. Why implement in the classroom<br />Helps students to be unhindered by their disability<br />Lets students focus on their education <br />
  4. 4. Types of Technology Available<br />Talking calculators<br />Speech-recognition software<br />Screen reading software<br />Reading machines<br />Large-print books<br />Magnifiers<br />Tactile items<br />
  5. 5. Talking Calculators<br />Big buttons<br />Eliminates the need to squint<br />Ideal for people who are blind or have low vision<br />A built-in speech synthesizer that reads aloud each number, symbol, or operation key a user presses<br />Vocalizes the answer to the problem<br />Students can use to perform mathematical calculations on math assignments<br />
  6. 6. Talking Calculators<br />
  7. 7. Speech Recognition Software<br />Speech recognition programs change what is spoken into an electronic document<br />Can use these types of software programs to access and produce documents<br />Can be used with a microphone into which the student speaks<br />Teachers can use these to record items for students<br />
  8. 8. Screen Reading Programs<br />Screen-reading programs produce audio versions of electronic text <br />Eg. JAWS for Windows<br />Electronic books, papers, etc can be translated to speech so the student can hear audio<br />
  9. 9. Reading Machines<br />Printed text is scanned and assimilated by the software, then converted to audio.<br />Audio then played back for the student to hear<br />
  10. 10. Large Print Books<br />Since some students can have low vision, this means that they can see, just not very well<br />Books with large print will allow students to see the words easily<br />
  11. 11. Magnifiers<br />Magnifiers are used to read normal text<br />These come a variety of sizes<br />Full page<br />Hand held<br />Card /wallet size<br />
  12. 12. Tactile Items<br />Geometry Tactile Graphics Kit<br />Math Drill Cards in Braille and Large Type<br />Tactile and Visual Globes<br />
  13. 13. Geometry Tactile Graphics Kit<br />A set of thermoformed raised-line drawings depicting concepts, figures, and relationships which are covered in nearly all geometry textbooks <br />
  14. 14. Math Drill Cards in Braille & Large Type <br />The Math Drill Cards set is a handy math skill reinforcing tool presented in braille and large type<br />
  15. 15. The Globe: Tactile and Visual (Geography) <br />Standard 12-inch globe covered with a tactile clear plastic overlay<br />Raised latitude and longitude lines<br />Dashed line for the International Date Line<br />Continent outlines<br />Higher and lower elevations<br />
  16. 16. Further Reading<br />FOLLOW THESE LINKS:<br />http://connected.waldenu.edu/special-education/vision-and-hearing-impared/item/921-assistive-technology-children-who-are-blind<br />http://www.miusa.org/ncde/tipsheets/languageguide/infoguide/screenreadingsoftware<br />http://www.edb.utexas.edu/ATLab/Labinventory/Classroom/classroom-vi-main.php<br />

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