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Free AT and UDL for learners with and without disabilities


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Free AT and UDL for learners with and without disabilities

  1. 1. For learners with and without disabilities
  2. 2. What is Universal Design for Learning? <ul><li>UDL is framework that allows us to meet the diverse needs of many learners </li></ul><ul><li>Multiple Means of Representation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Give learners many different ways of learning relevant curriculum </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Multiple Means of Expression </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Give learners many different was to show what they have learned </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Multiple Means of Engagement </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Provide the most appropriate way to challenge each student and meet his or her needs </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. What isn’t UDL? <ul><li>UDL is not one piece of software or technology </li></ul><ul><li>UDL will not eliminate the need for appropriate assistive technology for some students </li></ul><ul><li>UDL is not a cost saving measure </li></ul><ul><li>UDL is a way of thinking! </li></ul>
  4. 4. What can UDL do for your district? <ul><li>Act as a means to meet RTI mandates </li></ul><ul><li>Act as a means to differentiate instruction </li></ul><ul><li>Improve performance of learners with various disabilities </li></ul><ul><li>Improve performance of learners from diverse backgrounds, including ELL </li></ul><ul><li>Decrease negative attention focused on students who learn differently or have unique needs </li></ul><ul><li>Decrease number of special education referrals </li></ul><ul><li>When strategically implemented can reduce the need for some costly assistive technology implementation </li></ul>
  5. 5. What UDL can look like? <ul><li>“ There's also that belief that we should be so private as to not speak about the needs of the children. Don't embarrass Johnny by telling him to put on his glasses, hearing aids, etc. Don't make Susie feel bad by handing her a fidget toy to play with so she can pay attention. </li></ul><ul><li>In our classroom, fidget toys are in a box for all the children, glasses are mentioned frequently, students are encouraged to move to the front of the room, grab a spell checker, use the computer or alphasmart , pull out the E.Z.C. Readers , etc. </li></ul><ul><li>The difference? These tools are demonstrated to and available for everyone. (Well, not glasses or hearing aids but you get the point.) So when a lesson begins, up jumps the classified student along with the gifted student. They both gather tools they need to be successful.” </li></ul><ul><li>From Lisa’s Lingo at </li></ul>
  6. 6. UDL School Might… <ul><li>Have free UDL software on every computer </li></ul><ul><li>Have dyslexia friendly fonts installed on all computers as the default </li></ul><ul><li>Have free UDL websites bookmarked on every computer </li></ul><ul><li>Have plenty of low tech UDL items in every room for any student to access </li></ul><ul><li>Teach the use of UDL tools in a variety of settings including academic classrooms, computer class and the library </li></ul><ul><li>Have higher tech free UDL tools – such as flash drives with various program installed available for use in multiple settings </li></ul><ul><li>Have links to free online UDL tools within the school’s website and intranet </li></ul>
  7. 7. But what if…? <ul><li>Teachers and others in education tend to be a proactive group of people. They will worry that UDL will hold students back, encourages cheating, makes students who don’t need certain UDL things reliant on those things and that students may use UDL things to misbehave. </li></ul><ul><li>However, we need to remember that students will only use tools if that tool works for them, cheating will always be an issue with or without UDL, we all rely on tools that aren’t “necessary” like our Smart Phones and using calculators for math we could do in our head and if students misbehave with a UDL tool you respond the same way you would if he or she misbehaved in any other way. </li></ul>
  8. 8. What is your role? <ul><li>Make resources available to everyone </li></ul><ul><li>Keep an open mind </li></ul><ul><li>Stay up-to-date </li></ul><ul><li>And </li></ul><ul><li>Know resources </li></ul>
  9. 9. Hear Your Writing <ul><li>Word Talk is a free add on to Microsoft Word. It reads your writing aloud and highlights in the color of your choice as it does so. </li></ul><ul><li>Power Talk does the same for Power Point </li></ul><ul><li> and </li></ul><ul><li>Free slide show tutorial </li></ul><ul><li>Good for learners with reading, spelling and attention troubles. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Install a Screen Reader <ul><li>A screen reader will read what is on the computer screen to your students. There are many free text to speech utilities out there. </li></ul><ul><li>One is built into Windows, look under accessibility in the control panel. </li></ul><ul><li>Firefox, the web browser, has one of my favorites, Click, Speak (go to “get extensions”) or . </li></ul><ul><li>Others you can download, such as: </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Use Your Phone <ul><li>Camera Phone Applications </li></ul><ul><li>QiPit </li></ul><ul><li>Scanr </li></ul><ul><li>Speech-toText Applications </li></ul><ul><li>ReQall </li></ul><ul><li>Dial2Do </li></ul>
  12. 12. Use Mind Maps and Graphic Organizers <ul><li>There are many website that offer free mind mapping tools here are a few: </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Other sites offer us various graphic organizers to try here are a few: </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Good for learners on the autism spectrum and those with some kinds of reading disabilities </li></ul>
  13. 13. Collaborate Online <ul><li>Your Draft </li></ul><ul><li>Google Documents </li></ul>
  14. 14. Micro Blogs <ul><li>Use micro blogs to post assignments or update your students on the any classroom news </li></ul><ul><li>Or if you are a real technophile have your students micro blog to turn in assignments, comment and keep in touch. </li></ul><ul><li>Some micro blogs to consider: </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>edmodo </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. Store it Online <ul><li>We all know the student who will loss the work sheet between here and the locker, or will forget to bring it home. </li></ul><ul><li>Save a copy of worksheets online so that students only have to worry about the return trip using free online storage programs, this also means that students can do make up work immediately when they are out </li></ul><ul><li>Sites to use: </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16. Note to self… <ul><li>Encourage your students to figure out what how to best use technology combined with their learning style to get things done. (Let’s face it after high school very few of us stick with the assignment notebook system.) </li></ul><ul><li>At the end of every period insist that all students record the assignment in their assignment notebook but also in some other method which could include: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Using a voice recorder or a voice recorder attachment to an iPod </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>E-mailing yourself on a Blackberry or iPhone </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>SMS (texting) yourself on your cellphone </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Using calendar software on a Palmpilot, Blackberry or iPhone </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Using calendar software online, such as Google’s iCal </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use free to do list programs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Remember the Milk </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Toodledo </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Ta Da List </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Computer Based Sticky Notes </li></ul></ul>
  17. 17. Online Note Taking Applications <ul><li>Integrated Note Taking/Organization </li></ul><ul><li>Evernote </li></ul><ul><li>Note Centric </li></ul><ul><li>My Note It </li></ul><ul><li>Web Sticky Notes </li></ul><ul><li>Jot Cloud </li></ul><ul><li>Outlines and Drafts </li></ul><ul><li>iOutliner </li></ul>
  18. 18. Change Your Font <ul><li>Certain fonts may be more helpful to learners with the visual kind of dyslexia or those learners with low vision. </li></ul><ul><li>Here are some links to downloads of fonts: </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul>
  19. 19. Use Visual Supports <ul><li>Learn about visual supports: </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Use them by: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Using picture or text schedules and lists </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Making the rules visual </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Using visual cues for transitions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use First/Then, Now/Later, and To Do Lists </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use the international “no” sign (red circle with line through it) when something is not an option </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Providing “maps” so students can “find their way around” everything from inside their desks, to the building to their papers, to bibliographies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>In the lower grades or with non-readers using photographs and picture symbols </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Make step by step photographic or picture based instruction for things like science labs or art projects </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Consider making The Visual Dictionary ( your online dictionary </li></ul></ul><ul><li>This will help all visual learners, all multi-modal learners, those on the autism spectrum, those with dysphonetic dyslexia, those with non-verbal learning disabilities, those with Fragile X and Down Syndrome. </li></ul>
  20. 20. Free Photographs and Picture Symbols for Visual Supports <ul><li> – mostly schedule and personal care related line drawings </li></ul><ul><li> – 4,000 full color drawing for use in schedules, communication and education materials </li></ul><ul><li> - 14,000 pictograms for education, schedules and communication all are black on white in design </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t forget that you can use your digital camera, Google images and website like Flickr as well. </li></ul>
  21. 21. Use MultiMedia <ul><li>Animoto </li></ul><ul><li>Voice Thread </li></ul><ul><li>Flow Gram </li></ul>
  22. 22. Teach with Video Clips <ul><li>Teacher Tube </li></ul><ul><li>School Tube </li></ul><ul><li>Teacher TV </li></ul>
  23. 23. Online Flash Cards <ul><li>Cue Flash </li></ul><ul><li>Flash Card Exchange </li></ul><ul><li>Rememberize </li></ul><ul><li>Study Stack </li></ul><ul><li>Spell Master </li></ul>
  24. 24. The Right Tool for the Job <ul><li>Bibliography/Works Cited Assistance </li></ul><ul><li>Citation Maker </li></ul><ul><li>Easy Bib </li></ul><ul><li>Otto Bib </li></ul><ul><li>Online Highlighters </li></ul><ul><li>i-lighter </li></ul><ul><li>Wizlite </li></ul>
  25. 25. Math Tools <ul><li>Calculators </li></ul><ul><li>Calr </li></ul><ul><li>Calc Results </li></ul><ul><li>Calcoolate </li></ul><ul><li>Graphing Calculator </li></ul><ul><li>Visualize Data </li></ul><ul><li>Create a Graph </li></ul><ul><li>Swivel </li></ul><ul><li>Num Sum </li></ul>
  26. 26. Access Apps <ul><li>Load dozens of assistive applications into a flashdrive to support all learners. </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  27. 27. Options and Actions <ul><li>What has your school/district done? </li></ul><ul><li>What are the next steps? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Install Firefox with accessibility, Word Talk and other free programs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Change default fonts on computers to dyslexia friendly fonts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Create AccessApps flash drives and have available in all classrooms/libraries </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Create a website that has direct access to UDL/AT web based tools </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Train teachers and paraprofessionals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Empower students to self-select tools that will enhance learning </li></ul></ul><ul><li>How can an action plan be created that will </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Increase student access to supports </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Utilize free and low cost options </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Decrease sped referalls </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Train teachers and paraprofessionals on UDL/AT </li></ul></ul>
  28. 28. Other places to find links to free AT <ul><li>Teaching Every Student Blog </li></ul><ul><li>UDL Tech Tool Kit </li></ul><ul><li>Free Assistive Technology You Already Own </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>One Stop for Free A.T. </li></ul><ul><li>Free Resources From the Net for (Special) Education Blog </li></ul><ul><li>OATSoft </li></ul>