Mobiles as Agents for Inclusion


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  • UNTIL 11:10
    Very broad topic. Every special population is unique, every learner is unique
    Will cover management and classroom strategies and let you try out one or more apps with us.
  • Crowd Source the Hardware
    The print capacity model dictates that for everything we use we must provide a copy to ensure equity.
    What if we allowed students to use their own equipment and only provided for those who could not afford it?
  • What is worse?
  • Note that the resources that we talk about during this presentation, as well as others, are available at this URL / Scan code.
  • INTRO UNTIL 11:30
  • Mobiles as Agents for Inclusion

    1. 1. PT03 - Mobiles as Agents for Inclusion From Overview to Exploration Heidi Larson (Moderator), Jonathan Costa, & Susan Wells
    2. 2. Agenda • Who are we? • Why do we care about this topic? • How can we build our capacity? • What can we do tomorrow with our students and teachers? • Where do we go from here?
    3. 3. Who We Are - Panelists Jonathan Costa Susan Wells Director School/Program Services EDUCATION CONNECTION ISTE SIGML President School Based Administrator Apple Distinguished Program 2009-2011 Heidi Larson (Moderator) Project Director Education Development Center
    4. 4. Audience? • Teachers of students: – General Ed – Special Ed – ELL/ESL/EFL – With physical disabilities – Other?
    5. 5. Audience? • Coaches • Administrators • Researchers • Nonprofits/Vendors • International?
    6. 6. Why Do We Care About Mobiles? Achievement Gaps Persist “Nearly two-thirds of [New York] city students failed the higher-standards math and reading tests, but districts with large percentages of high-needs students did especially poor, according a report from the Annenberg Institute for School Reform. (August 2013)” ( As Numbers Increase “Currently, one in nine students in our classrooms is defined as an English language learner….By 2025, that number will approach around one in four students.” (Closing the ELL Achievement Gap: A Leader’s Guide to Making Schools Effective for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students:
    7. 7. And Mobile Use is On the Rise… Here in the U.S. “78% of teens [in the U.S.] now have a cell phone, and almost half (47%) of them own smartphones.” (Pew Internet & American Life Project: And Internationally “There are more mobile users than tooth brush users in the world today.” (Quote from Dr. Paul Kim’s EdWeb webinar “Opening a New Can of Worms? Teacher Competency Revisited in the Era of Mobile Learning”
    8. 8. Building our Management Capacity Jonathan Costa Director School/Program Services EDUCATION CONNECTION
    9. 9. Strategies for Inclusion and Learning Jonathan P. Costa, Sr.
    10. 10. BYOD Let students use their own stuff. © Corwin Press - 2011
    11. 11. Equity Equation A device gap is less objectionable than an access gap. © Corwin Press - 2011
    12. 12. One Size Cannot Possibly Fit All In a world where we can customize everything from hamburgers to jeans, can we really expect one instructional approach or resource to work for every learner? © Corwin Press - 2011
    13. 13. Resources An app for searching for apps: An app for organizing apps: A few sites that provision inclusion apps: An inclusion tool that is designed for the mainstream and demonstrates how technology can be used to enable differentiation and enhance learning opportunity -
    14. 14. Resources Resources from, and in addition to, this session
    15. 15. Classroom Strategies Susan Wells ISTE SIGML President School Based Administrator Apple Distinguished Program 2009-2011
    16. 16. Inclusion and the Big 3 Need Areas 1. Note-taking 2. Organization 3. Communication Translation Apps ESL students working with Merrian-Webster and iTranslate
    17. 17. Augmentative Alternative Communication and Learning Activity Apps Developmental needs students working with TapToTalk, Lego 4+, and Letter Quiz
    18. 18. Organizational and Production Apps Students in a regular classroom collaborating in project-based learning with Edmodo, iMove, and Dragon Dictation
    19. 19. Notes Apps Special Needs Inclusion Student using Claro Magx and Dragon Dictation
    20. 20. ACC Apps MultiHandicapped special needs learners using TaptoTalk
    21. 21. Enough Talk. Ready to experiment? 4 targeted apps for use in and out of classrooms • Tap to Talk • Claro Magx (iOS) or Your Magnifying Glass (Android) • Edmodo • Dragon Dictation
    22. 22. Tap to Talk Autistic/Developmentally Delayed/AAC (Augmentative Alternative Communication) Needs Free / $99.95 / $179.95 iOS, Android, Kindle, Nook, Windows Communication device. Library of pictures, ability to add your own. Customizable albums.
    23. 23. Claro MagX or Your Magnifying Glass Visually Impaired Free Claro MagX (iOS) Your Magnifying Glass (Android) High definition visual magnifier.
    24. 24. Edmodo Inclusion-EC/ESL Free iOS, Android Students and teachers and parents stay connected; organizational app for inclusion. Post assignments, links, docs, notes between home and school. Great tool for home/school communication.
    25. 25. Dragon Dictation Inclusion for all and Communication Needs Free iOS, Windows, Android Speech to text app. Communication device. Note-taking for all ages.
    26. 26. Where Do We Go from Here? Bringing it home Question for you all: How to bring mobile learning for special populations home to the school/class/district?
    27. 27. Thanks for coming! Please keep in touch. Heidi Larson: / @heidil_edc Jonathan Costa: Susan Wells: / @wellssusan