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  1. 1. By Sie Gilbert
  2. 2. Mobile Learning Week UNESCO’s flagship ICT in education event will run from 23-27 February at UNESCO headquarters in Paris.
  3. 3. The Right to Education Ensuring the right to education is at the very heart of UNESCO’s mission, which is also affirmed and recognized by its Member States. Such education must also be a quality education. Thus, UNESCO emphasizes not merely the right to education, but also particularly the right to quality education for all.
  4. 4. Every five seconds one person in the world goes blind. One child goes blind every minute. Over 5% of the world’s population-360 million people-have disabling hearing loss. Current production of hearing aids meets than 10% of global need. KEY FACTS
  5. 5. Education Approximately 90% of visually impaired children in low- income countries are deprived of an education.
  6. 6. Technology Technology has opened many educational doors to students, particularly to students with disabilities.
  7. 7. Technology -- an Equalizer Technology can be a great equalizer for individuals with disabilities that might prevent full participation in school, work, and the community.
  8. 8. Assistive Technology Assistive Technology (AT): is anything that can be used to increase, maintain, or improve the function of individuals with disabilities.
  9. 9. The iPad as Assistive Technology iPads are being used by people with visual and hearing impairments as a tool for accessing e-mail, internet, word processing, social networking, and other “personal digital assistant” activities.
  10. 10. Benefits • Engages students in active learning • Promotes self esteem • Improves quality of life • Increases productivity • Increases independence • Enhances performance
  11. 11. A wide range of features The iPad comes with assistive features that allow people with disabilities to experience the fun and function of technology.
  12. 12. VoiceOver VoiceOver is a revolutionary screen reader that lets users who are blind or have low vision know what’s happening on their device. And helps them control it.
  13. 13. VoiceOver For the blind or the student with low vision, you can use VoiceOver, an advanced screen reader.
  14. 14. VoiceOver Braille keyboard VoiceOver features a virtual control called the rotor. Turning the rotor — by rotating two fingers on the screen as if you were turning an actual dial
  15. 15. Braille Screen Input
  16. 16. Braille Displays iPads are fully compatible with many refreshable braille displays
  17. 17. VoiceOver Draw letters instead of typing With VoiceOver, you can draw letters on the screen and have them translated to text in Mail, Notes, and other applications.
  18. 18. VoiceOver and Keyboard With VoiceOver, you can switch keyboards on the screen and have the keys translated to text in Mail, Notes, and other applications.
  19. 19. Maps In Maps, VoiceOver will tell you the direction you are traveling as well as your current location and nearby landmarks. You can use VoiceOver to explore a region, browse points of interest, follow roads, zoom in or out, select a pin, or get information about a location.
  20. 20. iBooks
  21. 21. Speak Screen If a student has a hard time reading the text on their device they can use Speak Screen to read their email, iMessages, web pages, and books to them.
  22. 22. Speak Selection If a student has a hard time reading the text on their device they can use Speak Selection to read their email, iMessages, web pages, and books to them.
  23. 23. The real problem of blindness is not the loss of eyesight. The real problem is the misunderstanding and lack of information that exists. If a blind person has proper training and opportunity, blindness can be reduced to a physical nuisance.
  24. 24. Zoom Zoom is a built-in magnifier that works wherever you are on your device, from Mail and Safari to the Home and Lock screens. And it works with all apps from the App Store.
  25. 25. Siri Siri, Apple’s intelligent assistant, helps you do the things you do every day.
  26. 26. Dictation Dictation lets you talk where you would type. Tap the microphone button on the keyboard, say what you want to write, and your device converts your words (and numbers and characters) into text. So it’s easy to type an email, note, or URL — without typing at all.
  27. 27. Invert Colors and Grayscale If a higher contrast or a lack of color helps you better see what’s on your display, The iPad lets you invert the colors or enable grayscale onscreen.
  28. 28. Hearing You can create personalized vibration patterns for incoming messages and FaceTime calls. Under any name in your contacts, just tap Edit and then tap Vibration.
  29. 29. Hearing Having a sign language conversation is easy using a FaceTime video call. To start a FaceTime call, tap the FaceTime button under a name in your contacts or on the screen during a regular call.
  30. 30. Font Adjustments When you activate Larger Dynamic Type, the text inside a range of apps including Calendar, Contacts, Mail, Messages, Music, Notes and Settings, and even some third party apps, is converted to a larger, easier-to-read size.
  31. 31. Dictionary Say you’re reading an article on astronomy and are stuck on some terminology. Just look it up — dictionary definitions are integrated into the iPad
  32. 32. Safari Reader For some students, navigating the web can be a sensory overload. Safari Reader reduces the visual clutter on a web page by removing distractions
  33. 33. Closed Captions Watch movies, TV shows, and podcasts with closed captions. Just look for the CC icon to buy or rent captioned movies from the iTunes Store or find captioned podcasts in iTunes U.
  34. 34. Mono Audio When you’re using headphones, you may miss some audio if you’re deaf or hard of hearing in one ear. That’s because stereo recordings usually have distinct left- and right-channel audio tracks. The iPad can help by playing both audio channels in both ears, and letting you adjust the balance for greater volume in either ear, so you won’t miss a single note of a concert or word of an audiobook.
  35. 35. AssistiveTouch AssistiveTouch lets you adapt the Multi- Touch screen of your iOS device to your unique physical needs.
  36. 36. Apps for the Deaf and Hearing Impaired As a person is speaking, Dragon will transcribe the words for the person who is hard of hearing to read.
  37. 37. Apps for the Deaf and Hearing Impaired Stack is an input method that provides a handwriting alternative to to a keyboard. Handwritten input is instantly recognized and converted to digital text.
  38. 38. Apps for the visually impaired Color Identifier Hear the colors of everything around you with Color Identifier. Just point the camera of your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, and the app will speak the name of the color it sees, from sky blue to natural gray.
  39. 39. Apps for the visually impaired Light Detector Let sound help you see the light. By pointing your device’s camera, you can check whether lights are on, whether shades are drawn, or how dark it is outside.
  40. 40. “We can no longer teach today's students with yesterday's tools and expect them to succeed.”
  41. 41. References Assistive Technology for Young Children in Special Education: It Makes a Difference, Edutopia: education Apple Computer: Accessibility Tips and Tricks. Robert Miller – Oklahoma School for the Blind 1 MAR 2013 iPad Accessibility. children.jpg National Federation of the Blind. (2007) “NFB Homepage” on URL http://www.nfb. org/nfb/Default.asp [12 Dec. 2008].
  42. 42. Thank You
  43. 43. The iPad as an Assistive Technology Both the iPad and iPod are extremely useful tools in the classroom. With its multitude of applications (apps), the iPad is not only beneficial for typically functioning students in the classroom, but it can be an invaluable learning tool for students with special needs.
  44. 44. What is Mobile Learning • mobile learning involves the use of mobile technology, either alone or in combination with other information and communication technology (ICT), to enable learning anytime and anywhere
  45. 45. Assist learners with disabilities Thanks to the integration of text- enlargement, voice-transcription, location- aware and text-to-speech technologies, mobile devices can dramatically improve the learning of students with physical disabilities