EDU614 Session 5 Assistive Technology andAugmentative Communication
Agenda• Next week we will begin at 7• Tonight Guest - Lauren Costa• Augmentative Communication• UDL• Assistive Technology• iPad
Project• Use at least one application you’ve learned • decision due 2/28• Show proficiency & familiarity with all features• If appropriate, create a model class • include sample assignments, forums, etc.• Develop and write a detailed plan for classroom use• Include • 21st Century skills students will use • assessment if applicable• See Joey Estes, Lindsay Little, Alden Sorenson
The DESE• The Department of Elementary and Secondary Educatio has awesome links to information, resources and grants.• Includes: • CAST - Center for Applied Special Technology • Easter Seals - allows teachers to try out technology
Mass Match• MassMatch - initiative to get assistive technology to people who need it• FREE to borrow from ATRC Assistive Technology Regional Centers.
National Center to ImprovePractice in Special Education• NCIP - through technology, media and materials• take a look
Accessibility in the Classroom• Accessibility features in Microsoft products • Includes tutorials
Universal Design for Learning• UDL based on neuroscience • each principle connects to key area of brain • Multiple Means of Representation • To increase recognition • How a teacher prepares
UDL• Multiple Means of Expression • To expand strategic output • Teacher plans for how students will express learning• Multiple Means of Engagement • To enhance involvement in learning • How do we get students connected?
Assistive Technology• Like RTI Technology has levels too • Level 1 - For everyone • Level 2 - Greater access • Level 3 - Assistive support
AT• Allows manipulation and control of format• Offers alternatives for access• Supports multi-sensory instruction• Supports greater personal independence• Educational technology & assistive technology are a continuum of access to learning.
Accessible Instructional Materials• AIM • Students have a right to the same text • Publishers are supposed to produce digital forms • CAST has a center for AIM
Important Questions...• What does the student need to do to participate in the classroom and achieve his/her IEP goals?• What specifically is the student having difficulty with?• What else has been tried?• What will be the the criteria for determining the student’s success?• Who will be responsible for training, monitoring, documenting, and reviewing the AT plan?
AT• All students with a 504 or an IEP are eligible• Assistive Technology has to be considered• Not all qualify• IEP is written first, then look at questions
SETT Framework• S - Student First• E - Environment• T - Task• T - Tool• Joy Zabala - SETT Framework
the Student• What does the student need to do?• What are the student’s special needs?• What are the student’s current abilities?
Environment• What materials and equipment are currently available in the environment?• What is the physical arrangement?• What is the instructional arrangement?• Are there likely to be changes?• Color is a powerful tool
Task• What activities take place in the environment?• What are the critical elements of the activities?• How might technology support the student’s active participation in those activities?
Tools• FINAL step• What no tech, low tech, and high tech options should be considered when developing a system for a student with these needs and abilities doing these tasks in these environments?• What strategies might be used to invite increased student performance?• How might these tools be tried out with the student in the environment?
UDL Toolkit• UDL toolkit wiki • Please spend some time looking at the resources: • graphic organizers • literacy • study skills • math • writing
National Center on UDL• National Center • Examples & Resources • Every principle is linked to resources & tools
Investigation• Please take about 30 minutes to investigate all the resources.• Be sure to bookmark Diigo any site you want to return to.• I’ll briefly meet with folks individually on final presentation topic.
iPad - a game changer• FreeTech4Teachers • Steve Jobs & Apps for Autism • 60 Minutes • Links • iPodsibilities • Teaching Learners with Special Needs • Free Speech app
iPad• a blog post how iPad is used in a special education classroom• A Blog Post listing many apps• Apps Store has Special Education section • and our friend Cybrary man’s list• A handout for using iPad in the Special Education Classroom
More on the iPad• Live Binders on iPad in Schools - a tremendous amount of material• Mr. G Blog iPads, Web tools, math education• a CNN report• App Smackdown
Even more on the iPad• ipads in the classroom - Kathy Schrock• Moms with apps blog• Smart Apps for Kids• my Pinterest board on iPad• iPodsibilities • blog, apps review, resources