Diverse Learners, Assistive Tech, & Social Media

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  • Introduce yourself, research area, ATS – 5min
  • 5 min
  • (10 min)
    Guidelines are based on these 3 primary principles
    “The UDL Guidelines are not meant to be a "prescription" but a set of strategies that can be employed to overcome the barriers inherent in most existing curricula.” – UDLCenter.org/aboutudl/udlguidelines, accessed 11/3/2010
  • 10 min – National Center on Accessible Information Technology in Education (AccessIT) an NIDDR funded grant at The University of Washington through 2006 – still great info and a model to emulate, as accessibility is built fully into the IT dept at the university.
  • 15 min – Briefly discuss challenge of being an educational technology educator and having my child in a classroom where the computers are just “there”
  • We’ll go over the various tools and how they can be used with students in depth, and get our hands “virtually” dirty building a website, creating a (very) basic webquest, and developing a student assignment that meets the principles of UDL.
  • Designed for LD students, useful for presenting info in a variety of channels – 30 min
  • Also helpful for LD students, assists in organizing thoughts and making connections between concepts – 20 min
  • 45 min – Social media does NOT = social networking, although you can use one to do the other.
  • Diverse Learners, Assistive Tech, & Social Media

    1. 1. Diverse Learners, Assistive Tech, & Social Media: Bridging the Gaps Lisa T. Richardson, PhD Candidate The University of Southern Mississippi Copyright 2010 ATS Professional Learning Center. All rights reserved.
    2. 2. Who are “diverse learners?”  Certainly, students with various cognitive, orthopedic, “temporary” and congenital impairments But also:  English learners (all levels and types)  Culturally and linguistically diverse learners In short, ALL students
    3. 3. What is Universal Design for Learning?  Provide multiple means of representation ◦ Perception ◦ Language & Symbols ◦ Comprehension  Provide multiple means of action and expression ◦ Physical Action ◦ Expressive Skills & Fluency ◦ Executive Function  Provide multiple means of engagement ◦ Recruiting Interest ◦ Sustaining Effort & Persistence ◦ Self-Regulation
    4. 4. What is Assistive Technology?  Any “device” that improves usability or enables independence for a person with a disability  Full formal definition from Washington U ◦ “technology used by individuals with disabilities in order to perform functions that might otherwise be difficult or impossible” - http://www.washington.edu/accessit/articles?1 09
    5. 5. How are AT & UD4L Related?  They’re really two sides of the same coin ◦ AT enables access ◦ UD4L demands access for ALL students  In your classroom? ◦ Moving beyond limited modes of expression to engage more students more often ◦ Not just “games” or occasional “treats” ◦ Purposeful integration into your approach to teaching and learning
    6. 6. Now for the Fun Stuff! Tips, Tricks and Tools to Use in Your Classroom
    7. 7. Reading/Writing Aids  Assist students in capturing and organizing their thoughts both at draft and final editing stages ◦ Speech-to-Text  Dragon Naturally Speaking  Evernote (Great for quick notes and remembering sources, too)  Smartphones/PDAs ◦ Vlingo ◦ ShoutOUT ◦ Text-to-Speech  NaturalReader  LiveScribe
    8. 8. Graphic Organizers  Assist students in connecting abstract concepts, discover relationships, and organize thoughts (also great for website sitemaps and navigation) ◦ SpicyNodes ◦ Inspiration
    9. 9. Web 2.0 Tools  Wikis ◦ Wikispaces  Websites ◦ Google Sites ◦ Yola  Blogging ◦ Wordpress(.com) ◦ Blogger ◦ TypePad ◦ Glogster  WebQuests  YouTube  Twitter ◦ Qwitter ◦ Accessible Twitter
    10. 10. Contact Us  LRichardson@ATSLearn.com  @ATS_Atlanta on Twitter  Office: 770-726-9960  1950 Spectrum Circle, Ste. B-370 ◦ Marietta, GA 30067  www.ATSLearn.com
    11. 11. Resource Links  U of Washington AccessIT: www.washington.edu/accessit  Dragon Naturally Speaking: www.nuance.com/  Evernote: http://www.evernote.com  Vlingo: http://www.vlingo.com/  ShoutOut: http://shout-out.mobi/  SpicyNodes: http://www.spicynodes.org  Inspiration: http://www.inspiration.com/  NaturalReader: http://www.naturalreaders.com/free_version. htm  LiveScribe: http://www.livescribe.com/en- us/index.html
    12. 12. More Resource Links  Wikispaces: http://www.wikispaces.com/content/for/teachers  Google Sites: http://sites.google.com/  Yola: http://www.yola.com/  Wordpress: http://wordpress.com/  Blogger: http://www.blogger.com/  TypePad: http://www.typepad.com/  Glogster:http://edu.glogster.com/  WebQuests: http://webquest.org/index.php  YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/  Twitter: http://twitter.com  Qwitter: http://qwitter-client.net/  Accessible Twitter: http://www.accessibletwitter.com/

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