Needs to be sPDF not PDF.Even with OCR on the Fly, which allows for flash/ normal PDFs and JPGs to be “read” still too long to work for entire textbook/literature book.
Rwg assistive technology at lawrence 2011
Sally GarzaDirector of Technology, Lawrence School firstname.lastname@example.org 440-832-7840
ABOUT MESally Garza Director of Technology Lawrence Upper School
ABOUT ME Lawrence School is an independent school in Sagamore Hills and Broadview Heights, Ohio that specializes in teaching students with learning differences.Mission: Our mission is to teach students who have distinct learning styles, ignite their potential, and inspire academic and social success.Vision: One day all students who learn differently will have the opportunity,encouragement and resources to fulfill their potential and benefit society. Slogan: Where differences are not disabilities; where great minds dont think alike.
LD POPULATION AT LAWRENCE SCHOOL Students typically come from unsuccessful educational settings Bright students (average to above average IQ) Many diagnosed with: learning differences Dyslexia Dysgraphia Dyscalculia Executive Dysfunction Expressive Language Disorder Phonological Processing Disorder Receptive Language Disorder Visual Motor Integration Difficulties attention deficits ADD ADHD organizational problems & executive function issues other processing differences
LAWRENCE SCHOOL TEACHING METHODSMulti-sensory platformOrganizational strategies embedded in all subject areasBrain-based learning strategiesDifferentiated instructionOpportunities for social and academic experiences and success
ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY PROGRAMStarted in early 2003 with in computer labTested every AT program on the market at the timeHad students help evaluate software Was it easy to use? How long was training period? Would they use it?Students and staff selected Read & Write Gold as Lawrence School’s assistive technology software
ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY PROGRAM Late 2004, piloted a laptop AT program with 5 students Computers without wireless service Office 2000, Inspiration, and Read & Write Gold Digitized a few major textbooks/literature books for students to “read” Very successful pilot! Students with C’s and D’s became A & B students within 1 school year All students in pilot program showed improved grades
ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY PROGRAMLate 2006, built new Upper School building in Sagamore Hills to accommodate 1-1 program for 7-12 graders using assistive technology campus wide Infrastructure included: Pervasive wireless throughout campus Laptop lockers with power to allow mid-day charging Expanded server farm to allow digital files by students to be saved on network
ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY PROGRAMEarly 2007, opened Upper School building and rolled out 1-to-1 program to all Upper School students Training included: Tablet & laptop training for all staff and students Read & Write Gold training for all staff and students
TRAINING FOR STAFF & STUDENTS1 full day training session for pilot teachers and staff in 2005 from a vendorSince then, have done all training in-house Teach tools as needed to students and staff Teach tools in short increments with opportunities to practice & play Videos for each tool are great resource as well!
HOW STUDENTS & TEACHERS USE READ & WRITE GOLD95% of students who use text-to-speech80% use study skills tools (including screen masking)8-10% use speech-to-text More staff use speech-to-text than students!2-3% use word prediction
HOW STUDENTS & TEACHERS USE READ & WRITE GOLDfor ALL students, not just students who typically use RWG English teachers use Spell Check, Word Wizard, Dictionary Tool and Homophone tools as proofreading/editing tools Science/Math teachers use Talking Calculator conversion tools Spanish teacher/students use Translator tool to help reinforce vocabulary and pronunciation skills
DIGITAL TEXTBiggest challenge with our Assistive Technology program is not using Read & Write Gold or training students or staff how to use it… it is making digitized material available to students!
DIGITAL TEXTTried many ways to digitize text E-books From textbook manufacturers, typically web-based/flash or html pages PDF (eBooks from Amazon….) Public domain books Project Gutenberg VitalSource Bookshelf Google Books LD/Visual Disabilities resources Bookshare.org
DIGITAL TEXTBest way for Lawrence School: Scan books ourselves We’ve created in-house digital library to support students’ assistive technology needsIssues with scanning yourself: Compliancy with copyright laws of books Students only receive digital copy if they have a physical copy of book Control over who gets copies of what books . Need a GREAT scanner!
EXAMPLES OF DIGITAL TEXTTextbookLiterature book Word format PDF format
EXAMPLES OF HOW WE UTILIZE RWG IN THE CLASSROOM Lower School Demystification Project Online researching for 6 th graders Topics typically written above reading level 9 th Grade Learning Strategies Class Teach skills most teachers assume students know but are never taught We actually teach these skills, including RWG This year all high school midterms were required to available in digital format to allow use of RWG during test Negated need for 95% of the adult readers needed for exams
EXAMPLES OF HOW WE UTILIZE RWG IN THE CLASSROOMEnglish teachers Study skills tools especially for research projects Homophone checker as just a great proofreading/editing tool Math & Science teachers Use the Calculator Conversion tools
HOW WE VIEW ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY Not just for LD kids, but for everyone! As a “prosthetic processor” Alleviate processing needs of some readers who can decode with a lot of effort RWG allows them to build fluency and decoding skills without the struggle of processing and decoding Similar to GPS Originally invented for people who struggled spatially but almost ubiquitous in our society now and used by more than the original intended audience
FLUENCY TUTORJust started using in June 2010As a summer pilot with 15 kids on a voluntary basis with no instruction to student during the pilotMost students showed staved regression in reading skills over summer break Some even showed progress and confidence in their reading
QUESTIONS Sally Garza Director of Technology Lawrence Upper School email@example.com www.lawrenceschool.org Twitter: smg421girl Technology blog at msgarza.wordpress.com Handouts available at www.slideshare.net/smg421