Free Educational Technology Tools


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Presentation for the South Carolina EDTECH conference October 2007

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Free Educational Technology Tools

  1. 1. Free Technology Tools Past, Present and Future Cheryl A. Wissick, Ph.D University of South Carolina [email_address] South Carolina EDTECH Conference Oct 2007
  2. 2. Tools of the Past <ul><li>17 years ago I was presenting on: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Hypercard </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>LinkWay </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Laserdisc </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Logo </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Free cheap software </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. How have we changed <ul><li>Teaching technology </li></ul><ul><li>--> To teaching WITH technology </li></ul><ul><li>Technology as a tool for practice </li></ul><ul><li>--> To technology as a tool for productivity & thinking </li></ul>
  4. 4. Present Tools <ul><li>Free tools to differentiate instruction for all students </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Reading </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Written Language </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Math </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Strategies </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. READING
  6. 6. READPLEASE <ul><li>Read any pasted text </li></ul><ul><li>Download & Install FREE version on all lab computers for any student to use. </li></ul><ul><li>Increase access to all visual information. </li></ul>
  7. 7. E-Text Reader <ul><li>From: Premier Assistive Technology </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Download is FREE; but to order CD is 49.95 </li></ul><ul><li>The E-Text Reader is a full functioning text reader. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Natural Reader <ul><li>Convert text to audio for mp3 player </li></ul><ul><li>Save highlights from a book or text so student can study main points. </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  9. 9. Supports for Reading <ul><li>Reading books online providing multiple means of presentation: </li></ul><ul><li>Children’s Digital Library </li></ul><ul><li>Project Gutenberg </li></ul><ul><li>Bibliomania </li></ul><ul><li>Readprint </li></ul><ul><li>Bartleby </li></ul>
  10. 10. Bibliomania Screen Shot
  11. 11. Reading Fluency & Comprehension <ul><li>Repeated and monitored oral reading improves reading fluency and overall reading achievement. </li></ul><ul><li>44% of a representative sample of the nation's fourth graders were low in fluency. </li></ul><ul><li>OKAPI: Use Digital text to create reading fluency prompts </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>Source:
  12. 12. OKAPI
  13. 16. Create your own Books <ul><li>BookBuilder </li></ul>
  14. 17. Vocabulary Support <ul><li>1-Click </li></ul><ul><li>Download 1-Click Answers TM 2.0 for Windows and then Alt-Click on any word in any program on your screen for an instant, pop-up AnswerTip that won't interrupt your work. </li></ul><ul><li>Example: undemonstrative </li></ul>Mac: Command+Option+G.
  15. 19. WordWeb <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Definitions and synonyms </li></ul><ul><li>Proper nouns </li></ul><ul><li>Related words </li></ul><ul><li>Pronunciations </li></ul><ul><li>150 000 root words </li></ul><ul><li>120 000 synonym sets </li></ul><ul><li>Look up words in almost any program </li></ul>
  16. 20. Written Expression
  17. 21. Concept Mapping Tools FreeMind
  18. 22. Concept Mapping <ul><li>Cmap tools </li></ul>
  19. 23. Word prediction <ul><li>Click n Type </li></ul><ul><li>Free onscreen keyboard </li></ul><ul><li>Word prediction </li></ul>
  20. 24. Read, Write, Think <ul><li>Student Materials </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  21. 25. Read Write Think
  22. 26. Expression <ul><li>Writing Sample Analyzer </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Copy and paste up to 5000 words. </li></ul><ul><li>Provides students with alternative support for their writing </li></ul><ul><li>Have students graph their progress. </li></ul><ul><li>Provides 3 types analysis. </li></ul>
  23. 27. Obsidian Studios
  24. 28. Project Poster Students create their own web page on their research. Each page can display one pictures, body text and then links with additional information. All the posters could also be linked together from one Web Worksheet .
  25. 29. Mathematics
  26. 30. Talking Calculator <ul><li>Premier Assistive Technology </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Full functioning talking calculator </li></ul>
  27. 31. Tools for Mathematics <ul><li>Virtual Manipulatives </li></ul><ul><li>Shodor Interactivate </li></ul><ul><li>Webmath - tutorials </li></ul><ul><li>Illuminations </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  28. 32. Virtual Math Manipulatives
  29. 33. Illuminations
  30. 34. Strategies Organization Teacher Tools
  31. 35. Planning & Monitoring tools <ul><li>KidTools : to help children gain control over personal behaviors. </li></ul><ul><li>KidSkills: to help children use learning strategies & organization for success </li></ul>
  32. 36. eKidtools
  33. 37. iKid Skills
  34. 38. <ul><li>Tools for Student expression </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Project Poster </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Notestar </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Persuade Star </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Tools for Productivity & management </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Trackstar </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Quizstar </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Rubistar </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Web Worksheet Wizard </li></ul></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  35. 39. Future Tools <ul><li>UDL </li></ul><ul><li>Web 2.0 </li></ul><ul><li>Collaboration </li></ul>
  36. 40. Universal Design for Learning <ul><li>Differentiate instruction BEFORE the students walk into the room. </li></ul><ul><li>To represent information in multiple formats and media. </li></ul><ul><li>To provide multiple pathways for students’ action and expression. </li></ul><ul><li>To provide multiple ways to engage students’ interest and motivation. </li></ul><ul><li>The clock is ticking for everyone </li></ul>
  37. 41. UDL Lesson Builder <ul><li> </li></ul>
  38. 42. Multiple means engagement <ul><li>Offer Choices of content, tools and engagement </li></ul><ul><li>Provide adjustable levels of challenge </li></ul><ul><li>Offer a choice of rewards </li></ul><ul><li>Offer a choice of learning context </li></ul>Choose realistic topics of interest to embed the learning material Allow student to choose tools or technology to explore topic- software, web, video Select Software or Web sites that offer same content at different levels of challenge Build awareness of accomplishment and progress within technology programs
  39. 43. Survey Tools <ul><li>Find out what motivates your students </li></ul><ul><li>Jackpot : online reinforcer survey </li></ul><ul><li>Survey tools: </li></ul><ul><li>phpSurvey </li></ul><ul><li>Zoomerang </li></ul><ul><li>Survey Monkey </li></ul>
  40. 44. i-Lighter Engagement
  41. 45. Wiki in the Classroom <ul><li>Secure sites to create an environment for students to work collaboratively </li></ul><ul><li>Students publish together and for a larger audience </li></ul><ul><li>PBWiki </li></ul>Engagement
  42. 46. Multiple means of expression <ul><li>Provide Flexible Models of skilled performance </li></ul><ul><li>Provide opportunities to practice with supports </li></ul><ul><li>Provide ongoing, relevant feedback </li></ul><ul><li>Offer flexible opportunities of demonstrating a skill </li></ul>Examples and not-examples with images, video, live demo Scaffold learning with text-to-speech, word prediction, layered Web sites Text-to-speech to listen to own writing Videotape of skill performance Online feedback from peers or mentor Create web pages, poster, presentation
  43. 47. Blogs in the Classroom <ul><li>Secure sites to create an environment for students to read, analyze, and post comments related to instructional goals. </li></ul><ul><li>Imbee </li></ul><ul><li>TIGed </li></ul><ul><li>Haiku </li></ul>Expression
  44. 48. Collaborative graphic organizer <ul><li>Mindmeister </li></ul>Expression
  45. 49. Interactive Drawing <ul><li>Imagination Cubed </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>Expression
  46. 50. Collaborative Presentations <ul><li>Preezo </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>Expression
  47. 51. Multiple means presentation <ul><li>Provide Multiple Examples </li></ul><ul><li>Highlight Critical Features </li></ul><ul><li>Provide Multiple Media & Formats </li></ul><ul><li>Support Background Knowledge </li></ul>Variety of web sites to demonstrate, links to support info Pictures from CD-Roms & web Word processors to highlight critical words Presentation tools to animate concepts Books on tape; Digital text Charts, graphs, images to support text UDL
  48. 52. Windows on the Universe Presentation
  49. 53. Windows to the Universe Presentation
  50. 54. Trailfire <ul><li>Marking a trail of websites. </li></ul><ul><li>Students can mark sites important to them. </li></ul>Presentation
  51. 55. Sharing Tools <ul><li> - sharing bookmarks </li></ul><ul><li>Flickr - sharing photos </li></ul>Presentation
  52. 56. Sharing tools <ul><li>Slideshare </li></ul><ul><li>Teacher Tube </li></ul><ul><li>ScreenCast </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>Presentation
  53. 57. Technology Toolboxes <ul><li>Tools for past, present and future!! </li></ul><ul><li>Toolbox: Quickstarts to the Web </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>PowerPoint </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Wissick’s Photo toolbox </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Free Tools </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>