Assistive technology and learner types

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Assistive technology and learner types

  1. 1. Assistive Technology _____________ Cheap as chips Trevor Boland 2014 trevor.boland@dit.ie
  2. 2. What is Assistive Technology (AT)
  3. 3. Free AT How many people have laptops?
  4. 4. Free AT How many people have laptops? How many have Smart phones?
  5. 5. Free AT How many people have laptops? How many have Smart phones? How many have tablet devices?
  6. 6. Why do I use AT ? Is it part of my everyday life?
  7. 7. Using your Gmail account as an organisational tool Click on the grid symbol above for Gmail options
  8. 8. Taking notes https://drive.google.com/keep/ App- Android Desktop https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.keep https://drive.google.com/keep/
  9. 9. Other Gmail features g Student Gmail (Browser). Your Student Gmail account allows you to create Word docs and Presentations (Browser)
  10. 10. Learn more about the type of learner that you are by using this website. V.A.R.K . (Website) http://www.edutopia.org/multiple-intelligences-learning-styles-quiz
  11. 11.  Visual Prezi (Browser) A very visually stunning way of making a presentation from a free online website. Also, serch for presentations made by others in the search box. http://prezi.com/ (website)
  12. 12. Auditory Capture your thoughts on the move with Philips Dictation Recorder for Android (Please do not record lectures with out your lecturers permission). (Android and IOS App)
  13. 13.  read/ write Also, through Google scholar you can locate ‘ Google books’ This has textbooks online that can help your research too. (Website)
  14. 14.  Kinesthetic Develop touch typing skills http://www.typingweb.com/ website
  15. 15. BRAINSTORM Example of a mind map from bubbl.us
  16. 16. BRAINSTORM A mind map is a diagram used to visually outline information. One such Mind map maker is called ‘Bubbl.us’. (Web Application) More recommendations : http://www.stormboard.com http://mashable.com/2013/09/25/mind-mappin
  17. 17. Essay structure (Web Application) http://www.readwritethink.org/files/resources/interactives/essaymap/
  18. 18. Procrastination 750words (website). g Procrastination can be an inhibitor at times but this website is worth visiting if you need writing encouragemaent Similar to this is written kitten - http://writtenkitten.net/
  19. 19. Need tips https://drive.google.com/keep/ Use YouTube to get tips about Word, PowerPoint, CAD, Photoshop, Illustrator…. Try Vimeo for online videos too- https://vimeo.com/
  20. 20. Facebook has tips too https://drive.google.com/keep/ Try to search Facebook for useful information like Word, Excel, Tuts… https://www.facebook.com/pages/Excel-Word-Tips-Tricks/193936364123565?ref=nf
  21. 21. Time management Plan your timeline when completing your assignment (Website). Type in the date an assignment must be submitted, and it calculates the tasks you need to do each day leading up to the submission date (website) http://www.kent.ac.uk/ai/ask/index.php
  22. 22. UNDERSTANDING THE ESSAY TITLE Dictionary and Thesaurus Explore and understand what the assignment title is asking you to do. (Website and App for Android and IOS)
  23. 23. Spelling Free spelling and grammar proof reading software from Ginger. http://www.gingersoftware.com/download/ (software)
  24. 24.  Content The Academic Phrasebank is a general resource for academic writers. It aims to provide you with examples of some of the phraseological "nuts and bolts" of writing / http://www.phrasebank.manchester.ac.uk/ (websitee)
  25. 25. FIND  Find the essay title (Online video) Learn about Webcourses and how to access and view information made available by your lecturers. click here to view
  26. 26. FIND The Webcourses app, called ‘Blackboard Learn’, can be downloaded as an app on your phone or tablet device for both the Android and IOS. (Android and IOS App)
  27. 27. ORGANISE Naming convention for files and folders Keeping track of your files and folders can be difficult at times. These tips involve calling your files and folders logical names. Also, file names can change in a simple way for you to keep track of them like ‘AT essay V1’. Version 1 can then become V2, V3 and so on as your essay develops.
  28. 28. STORE ‘Dropbox’ is a free service that lets you bring your photos, docs, and videos anywhere and share them easily. (google drive too) (app / web application)
  29. 29. PROOFREADING Azzapt works on your web browser. It can only be used with Dropbox. It converts your Word files into epub formats as well as converting your written documents into MP3 files. So you can now listen to your written work. This MP3 file can be played on your computer or phone. (Website)
  30. 30. Texthelp- Read&write gold An application on DIT computers that can help you with your assignments Assistive technology (The texthelp icon on your DIT desktop computer) View tutorial videos for Texthelp here
  31. 31. RESEARCH To source academic material, try Sweetsearch, the search engine for Students and Google Scholar, the educational side of googling (Websites- Search engines)
  32. 32. Research Delicious (Website and App). http://delicious.com/ App- IOS https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/delicious-official-app/id580295142?mt=8 App- Android https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=se.alexanderblom.delicious&hl=en This allows to store your Bookmarks online (App and Website)
  33. 33.  Collaboration Organisation Aid. Lino is an online organiser to support you. Access lino from your home or college and post a sticky note online whenever you need. Also good for group work http://en.linoit.com/ (Web application) Another website: https://mural.ly/
  34. 34.  Trello- organisational aid all free are help you organise on the go. (app and website) Trello also comes in app form too for the Android, Iphone, Windows. Like the website these are all free are help you organise on the go.
  35. 35. Then relax with some music in Sound Cloud http://soundcloud.com (website and app) Assistive technology
  36. 36. Where and how can I find free Assistive Technology (AT)?
  37. 37. Where and how can I find free Assistive Technology (AT)? - Websites -Googling -Facebook -Google play - Appstore -Magazines -Word of mouth - AT Officer
  38. 38. Synopsis of how AT can help you...             Find the essay assignment Understanding the essay title Plan your time Brainstorming Research Gather Organise Create Content Bibliography Store Proof read
  39. 39. AT BLOG www.atindit.tumblr.com or just click here trevor.boland@dit.ie Assistive technology
  40. 40. Assistive technology Questions and Answers
  41. 41. The Disability Service 1. Contact your Learning Support Officeer (LSO) Assistive technology ...Bring your documentation... 2. Contact your Assistive Technology Officer (ATO) More information at: http://www.dit.ie/campuslife/disability/contactus/

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