Technology For the Inclusive Classroom

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Technology For the Inclusive Classroom

  1. 1. TechnologyTechnology for the Inclusive Classroomfor the Inclusive Classroom Sandra Bens, M.Ed. Project EXCEL College of Mount St. Joseph
  2. 2. PurposePurpose Consider access and equity in education Expand understanding of strategies and skills necessary for learning Discuss technology that may be beneficial to all and essential to some learners SED 340: Teaching in an Inclusive Setting,11/04/2010 College of Mount St. Joseph
  3. 3. Teaching use of TechnologyTeaching use of Technology Once skills are internalized, students can transfer that knowledge to other situations Students can become increasingly motivated to learn when they are successful Digital learning offers experiences that are varied, interesting and accessible
  4. 4. Educational TechnologyEducational Technology Beneficial to all learners… and essential to some  Memory  Focus  Academic fluency  Organization & time management  Speaking  Hearing  Mobility
  5. 5. Tools for IndependenceTools for Independence Text to speech Speech to text Voice recorder Visual recorder Organization of thought Communication Hearing Location tracking Presentations Community forums Business
  6. 6. Universal DesignUniversal Design Mobility – Construction  Elevators  Ramps  Automatic doors Learning – Curriculum  Layered Curriculum  Tiered Instruction Computing – Tools  Software programs  Hardware devices  Universal computing
  7. 7. Changing LearningChanging Learning Consider: What lies ahead for our students?  Digital Learning  Interacting with information in constructive ways  Access to much information about a topic of interest  Social Learning  Demonstrates rather than explains process  Allows casual mentorship  Encourages collaboration  Offers safety buffer  Informal Learning  Subvert traditional rules set by institutions  Negotiate restrictions on access to information  Rewrite rules
  8. 8. Direction of ChangeDirection of Change Competencies Learners Need in order to Succeed in a Globalized Knowledge Economy: Acting autonomously Using tools interactively Functioning in heterogeneous groups
  9. 9. Role of SchoolRole of School Guide students to  Learn  Teach  Collaborate  Mature Create environment of  Empowerment  Efficacy  Independence
  10. 10. Educational TechnologyEducational Technology The Livescribe Pulse Smartpen remembers and links everything you hear to everything you write Tap on your notes to replay the recording Find and get what you need, instantly, with a tap  Record and play back  Save and search  Send and share  Apps http://www.livescribe.com/en-us/smartpen/
  11. 11. Livescribe Pulse SmartpenLivescribe Pulse Smartpen Students have limitless access to teacher instruction plus the ability to utilize multiple modalities, engage in tactile experiences, and self–monitor by recording their own voice for fluency exams and oral reports.
  12. 12. Voice Recognition TechnologyVoice Recognition Technology Dragon NaturallySpeaking voice recognition software is used to gain independence, freedom and confidence  Create documents and emails hands free  Command and control computer by voice  Level the playing field for students with disabilities  Express thoughts in writing with speed and ease  The program tunes itself to what you say and how you say it to deliver increasingly better recognition results over time
  13. 13. Dragon NaturallySpeakingDragon NaturallySpeaking  Provides accessibility for people with physical disabilities that making typing difficult or impossible  Helps users with language-based learning disabilities better express themselves in writing  Prevents repetitive stress injuries by enabling hands-free PC use  Keeps workers with certain injuries on the job  Accommodates many users with speech impairments or pronunciation issues  Works with popular screen read­ers like JAWS to help visually impaired users be productive on the PC  Helps organizations meet disability management needs because it’s Section 508 certified
  14. 14. Dragon NaturallySpeakingDragon NaturallySpeaking • Improve writing fluency • Increase productivity • Improve student services • Reduce paper consumption • Multimodal messaging, dictation, and search solutions • Sync digital voice recording for transcription http://www.nuance.com/for-individuals/by-industry/dragon/accessibility/index.htm
  15. 15. Text to Speech TechnologyText to Speech Technology Kurzweil 3000: comprehensive reading, writing, and learning software solution  Access to any curriculum  Reading fluency  Study skills tool  Decoding support  Writing and self editing  Independent test taking  High speed scanning and MP3 conversion http://www.kurzweiledu.com/kurz3000.html#q1
  16. 16. Screen Reading TechnologyScreen Reading Technology Adobe Reader  PDF file viewer opens and interacts with all PDF documents  View, search, digitally sign, verify, print, and collaborate on Adobe PDF files  Study tools and note generation http://get.adobe.com/reader/ ReadPlease 2003  Reads any text seen on screen • all purpose text-to-speech software http://readplease.com/
  17. 17. Organizing and Planning ToolsOrganizing and Planning Tools Inspiration Software  Comprehend, create and communicate  Visual learning and thinking http://www.inspiration.com/ Kidspiration Software (K-5)  Develop reading, writing, and thinking skills  Visual organization and note taking  Build conceptual understanding in Math http://www.inspiration.com/Kidspiration/Details
  18. 18. Interactive Tools for InstructionInteractive Tools for Instruction Real-time survey response clickers or web enabled mobile devices  Student response solutions  Instant visual mapping  Content and technology integration http://www.turningtechnologies.com/ Smartboards  Ease of access http://eduscapes.com/sessions/smartboard/
  19. 19. Creative SolutionsCreative Solutions Online textbooks  Economic and interactive text books Online collaboration  Open source community based options  Wiki, Moodle and blog sites  Social Media in the classroom Prezi  Creativity and self-expression  Zooming presentations http://prezi.com/
  20. 20. Everyday TechnologyEveryday Technology MS Office Word  Professional quality compositions, citation assistance, charts and graphs MS Office EXCEL  Organizing, processing and charting of data MS Office OneNote  Organizing, syncing and sharing of notes MS Office PowerPoint  Professional quality presentations MS Office Publisher  Professional quality publications

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