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Free Tech Universal Tools


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Free Tech Universal Tools

  1. 1. Ubiquitous Systems, Universal Design, Toolbelt Theory FreeTech Ira David Socol – Michigan State University College of Education
  2. 2. Mythic Educational Technology Assistive Technology is just for Special Ed Technology is expensive Technology is an add-on Technology should be centrally controlled Technology is any tool invented after I was born
  3. 3. Mythic Educational Technology Kids all know the technologies New technologies are just for play Technology creates inequities Technology access is dangerous Technology won’t help kids get jobs
  4. 4. (1927)
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  6. 7. (2009)
  7. 8. (2008) Ira Socol noticed election workers at his polling place in Holland, Mich., Tuesday telling voters the address on their ID card had to match the one on their voter registration. Otherwise, they couldn't use the voting machines. Wall Street Journal , November 5, 2008
  8. 9. Technologies which Disrupt… Understandings of what “school” means. Concepts of Ability and Disability Inability. Systems of “Authority.” Boundaries and Borders. Definitions of Nations and Cultures. Roles of teachers and students.
  9. 10. Universal Tools for Education Universal ICT Tools Shifting Control. Enabling different paths. Enabling different “winners.” Expanding the universe of educational “winners.”
  10. 11. Free Technologies – Using commercially based services for our own needs. Ubiquitous Technologies – using multi-purpose commercial and/or open source systems that are already widely in use. Collaborative Technologies – systems which allow non-hierarchical “student” relationships. Multi-Modal Technologies – which allow for multiple representations. Lifespan Technologies – learning technological paradigms that will support learning and communication outside of “school.”.
  11. 12. multimodality: digital technologies allow content to be presented using a diverse range of systems of representation and a combination of different semiotic means of meaning-making. Kress, G & Pachler, N. Thinking about the ‘m’ in m-learning (2007)
  12. 13. In the emergent literacy view, aspects of language — both oral and written — develop concurrently rather than sequentially (Goodman, 1986). According to this view, literacy learning does not happen only in formal classroom settings, but also in informal settings, in both oral and written modes, and in collaboration and interaction with others. Ryokai, K, Vaucelle C, and Cassell, J. Virtual peers as partners in storytelling and literacy learning
  13. 14. An open definition of literacy and “reading” and “writing” – “web 2.0” means students should be allowed access via whatever system works best for themselves. Flexible Communication – multi-modal structures that allow varying participants to participate various ways. Options – Synchronous/Asynchronous – systems which allow communication across rooms, learning times, even time zones and cultures.
  14. 15. Basics Google Docs Google Calendar Firefox plus Add- Ons Skype VoiceThread Webspiration Ghotit SMS Blogs Social Networks Mobiles
  15. 16. Free Text-To-Speech in Firefox Windows – Mac OS
  16. 17. Input Vista Speech Recognition DSpeech Mobile Keypad Input DKey Tapir
  17. 18. On Line Text-To-Speech
  18. 19. Phone Text-To-Speech VLingo
  19. 20. Phone Speech-to-Text
  20. 21. Phone Text Conversion http://
  21. 22. Backchannel in the Classroom Today’s Meet Twitter with Twitterfall
  22. 23. OnLine Sources Project Gutenberg Project Gutenberg Australia University of Virginia Literature Network ABC Books Bookshare
  23. 24. Simple Downloadable Windows Text-To-Speech http:// /
  24. 25. Simple Mac OS TTS Open System Preferences - it’s the fourth item in the Apple menu. In the “System” section, usually about the fourth line of icons, there is an icon labeled “Speech” which looks like an old fashioned microphone. Click on the Speech icon.
  25. 26. Simple Mac OS TTS Select any key combination that isn’t already used for something else. Now all you need to do is select some text in an application - I suggest you try it first with Safari or Text Edit - and hit your keys and you should hear Mac OS X read out whatever you have selected!
  26. 27. Multi-Featured Downloadable Windows Text-To-Speech Microsoft Reader with Text-To-Speech engine and Read in Microsoft Reader (RMR) add-ons - FREE pc.asp (laptop/desktop PC) tablet.asp (tablet PC, with "write notes in the margins!") tts.asp (Text-To-Speech) rmr.asp (RMR, creates one-click conversions from Microsoft Word) dictionaries.asp (Dictionaries)
  27. 28. Downloadable MS Office Text-To-Speech WordTalk PowerTalk
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  29. 30. Downloadable Audio Software Windows – Mac OS Audacity http:// /
  30. 31. Mobile Web Builders
  31. 32. Flash Drive Suite AccessApps
  32. 33. Universal Tools Ira David Socol – Michigan State University College of Education [email_address]