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1 Assistive Technology – Feb 2013 Curriculum Strategies for CI Classrooms



4 Assistive Technology Resource Center JCISD


6 Sixteen Surveys Most Interested iPads, Free online Resources, SmartBoards Topics Daily Living, Reading, Math

7 Have access to Half an Interactive Whiteboard Almost 90% iPads/iPods Only 80% computers/netbooks Half Alphasmarts 3 have iPads for every student 1 has computers for every student

8 Expertise Pretty competent and I can help others – Low tech11 – Computers11 – Online resources10 – iPad/Pod 9 – AlphaSmarts 6 – Interactive Wb 5

9 Daily Living: Math Money Time Socialization Job Skills Daily Living: Math Money Time Socialization Job Skills Curriculum Areas ReadingWriting

10 Resources In the Assistive Technology Resources Center (ATRC) On-line-downloadable to computer or usable through the web On the iPad

11 Reading assistance for CI students High Interest -Low Reading Level Audio Support

12 Start to Finish Books Books with simplified text and human audio recordings for use on computer or audio only versions on CD Published by

13 Start-to-Finish Library  Classics  Mysteries  Teen Series  Biographies  Social Studies and History  Science (a few titles) Gold Books have a 2-3 Grade Readability Blue Books have a 4-5 Grade Readability

14 On-line Start-to-Finish $429 per school/year Students have access at home and school Data collection available

15 Start-to-Finish Core Content  American History & Government  Earth & Space Sciences  World History & Cultures  Life Science Gold Books have a 2-3 Grade Readability Blue Books have a 4-5 Grade Readability

16 Start-to-Finish Literacy Starters Three levels of picture books for non-readers and early beginning readers Teacher materials are also included

17 CapStone Interactive Library The Capstone Interactive Library provides a selection of electronic books that range from A Crash Course in Forces & Motion to Chicken Little. It includes science and social studies titles and also general reading. Some books are in comic book format while others have a more traditional children’s book look and feel.

18 Limited Time Offer! Capstone Interactive Library is available for your classroom use Try out the demos to see if it’s appropriate for your students – ml ml Email Rose if this is a resource you would like to use with your students!

19 TumbleBookLibrary! TumbleBookLibrary is an online collection of animated, talking picture books which teach kids the joy of reading in a format they'll love.

20 TumblebookcloudTumblebookcloud is an online collection of read-along titles for elementary, middle school, and high school students which features adjustable online text and complete audio narration. Sentences are highlighted as they are being read and the pages turn automatically. The collection features chapter books, early readers, YA/Teen Novels, high interest/low level books for both middle school and high school students, plus classics of American and English literature

21 TumbleBooks available from My Jackson District Library Online Resources

22 Other on-line books with audio l $30/year l stories read by actors-words not visible powerpoint books with synthesized speech some books in MP3 form children large compilation of resources, some may have audio children

23 iPad Books Read Aloud Use Rover (not Safari) web browser to access TumbleBooks on iPad – Safari cannot play Flash content Storia (Scholastic books-have to have acct.) Lots of apps that are stories read aloud Check websites Rose gives you to find many more!

24 eText Readers What are you using? Premier/Read Outloud/other In web browser- – Chrome: Chrome Speak or SpeakIt – FireFox: SpeakIt MyStudyBar – Free download with numerous built-in supports for poor readers, resides on computer so can use off-line

25 Wikipedia Great source for info but level too high? – Use Wikipedia-look under languages for Simple English Norsk (bokmål)‎ Norsk (nynorsk)‎ Polski Português Român ă Român ă Русский Simple English Slovenčina Slovenščina Српски / srpski Српски / srpski Srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски Srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски Suomi Svenska

26 News stories- simplified 0 0 Other favorite sources for high interest, low reading level materials on-line???

27 Etext Readers I read info about the Start to Finish Library and about Wikipedia – What grade level are the Blue Books in STF? – What year was Wikipedia started? How can you get this info? Independently? – Relisten! eText Reader mp3

28 MyStudyBar Open MyStudyBar (MSB on the toolbar) Click on the Text Reader Find text Highlight text Control C to copy and hear it read

29 Read from document Read the description of the Start to Finish Library from document on your desktop – Open document – Highlight text – Control C to copy and hear it read

30 Read from Internet Example Go to Wikipedia Simple English Type in the search word: Wikipedia – Highlight text – Control C Listen to it read by MyStudyBar Text Reader

31 Make an mp3 Another way for students to hear written work – MyStudyBar – Writing: Balabolka Copy and paste into it Save audio file Put it on an mp3 player

32 iPad and Reading help Built into many iPad apps is the ability to have the iPad read aloud text you select Settings – Accessibility Speak Selection-On

33 Writing Talking Word Processors – Premier, Write Outloud MyStudyBar – Balabolka Type and hear it read Word by word Cursor to the end

34 Writing Can use any Text Reader to review/edit your writing once it is done

35 Word Prediction On computer – CoWriter and maybe WordCue the best ones – smart enough to guess what our spelling challenged students come up with!

36 iPad and Writing TypoHD and AppWriter – Talking word processors (not as you type but after) – Word prediction (the only decent ones so far) ZenTap free or low cost, not really smart, uses the built in iPad text reader

37 Daily Living Resources of ATRC – Books – Software – Talking calculators – Coinulators

38 On-line Resources Goodwill Site – What is the Everyday Life (EDL) project? The EDL project uses interactive, situation-based lessons to teach functional literacy skills. Each activity provides learners with the opportunity to test their knowledge of real-world situations and to develop the confidence and skills necessary to be successful in everyday life.

39 Daily Living Skills on iPad Lots of apps-see Rose’s resources for what you need!

40 Share Your Knowledge! Staff with expertise in: – iPads – Interactive Whiteboards – On-line Resources Plus experience in the classroom and with students who have Cognitive Impairments!!

41 Resources for Interactive Whiteboards

42 IWB When doing a search for activities on a topic add the word, interactive, to the search – It will pull sites that use the word interactive in their descriptions or tags. – Not a guarantee, but a help

43 IWB Interactive Whiteboard Resource Treasure Chest +Resource+Treasure+Chest

44 IWB guagearts.htm guagearts.htm (for young readers)

45 Dreambox Learning Free tools for IWB lessons in Math Try Tens Frame sample – =1& =1& Sample lesson using money or time as fraction – Read the page and try sample lesson at bottom – time-or-money time-or-money


47 Bouncy Balls Monitor classroom noise level

48 Resources: iPad in the Classroom

49 Finding Apps The Friends approach – Like choosing good books Word of mouth Other teachers in your field

50 iPad Resources – Rose’s spot for saving iPad info – Beginning users see: Getting Started

51 iPad Resources -at-school/ -at-school/ – Also Rose’s spot for saving iPad info – Harder to organize – Prettier to look at

52 One of my friend’s site - by Macomb's AT Consultant, Sue Hardin – Educationally sound – Visually appealing

53 Lists of Apps – Special Needs Apps for Kids: Find an App – Apps for Children with Special Needs – iPodsibilities - Adaptive Needs cATtac.html cATtac.html – Moms with Apps

54 Lists of Apps – Mobile Learning for Special Needs – Autism Spectrum Directory iPads and apps -and-iphone-apps-for-autism-spectrum-disorder/ -and-iphone-apps-for-autism-spectrum-disorder/ – MITS Apps from their iEducate workshop series: urces.aspx urces.aspx Look under ‘Presentations’

55 Finding Apps Ratings – at least 4 + stars – so many to choose from, why use less? – Use less than 4 star apps only for a narrow or specific need When you can’t find any other apps

56 Finding apps Guided by the Stars 5 star app with 4-15 reviews 4 star app with 200+ reviews Vs.

57 Finding Apps AppShopper – – Includes News, Top 200 & Wish List – To make Wish List Enter name of app in search bar In list check “Want it!” box Be sure to check desired Notification in My Profile An email will notify you of wish list update or price drop


59 Lists of Apps Bloom’s Taxonomy of Apps for iPad – – apps.html apps.html – ms+Taxonomy+with+Apps ms+Taxonomy+with+Apps –

60 Lists of Apps App-itic filters apps using Bloom’s taxonomy (see below) – Six-part series, highlights apps for developing higher order thinking skills in grades K-5 classrooms. Lists apps that connect to the various stages on Bloom's continuum of learning: Remembering, Understanding, Applying, Analyzing, Evaluating and Creating. – taxomony-diane-darrow taxomony-diane-darrow – taxomony-evaluating-evaluation-diane-darrow taxomony-evaluating-evaluation-diane-darrow

61 Finding apps on your own Internet search for apps – Search ‘Best ___ apps’ as in ‘Best web browser apps’ or ‘Best app for word prediction’ Likely to find several best of articles Keep in mind date of article

62 Choosing apps using iTunes On the computer in iTunes – Note last date app was updated, Apps not kept up-to-date should not be a priority – Consider number of reviews for the app 5 star app with only 4-15 reviews may not be as good as a 4 star app with 200+ reviews – Skim latest reviews looking for any problems with last update, then sort by critical reviews Critical reviews can alert you to issues that may or may not be a concern for your student’s needs

63 Choosing apps using App Store On the iPad in the Apps Store enter the name or type of app in the search bar. – Use headings to filter search by price or category Remember to search in more than education – Not my preferred way to search – Not as easy as it once was No longer can search for just 4 star apps

64 Good Technology Resources It’s called reading. It’s how people install new software into their brains.

65 MACUL SIG SPED The state technology for Educators’ group Special Interest Group/ Special Ed Webinar series Upcoming events – Three webinars now available

66 Classroom 2.0 Live Great resource on current technology in the classroom – Includes video of a presentation – Usually lots of related links View live on Saturday or Archive Example: – Using iPads to Enhance Teaching and Learning – enhance-teaching-and-learning.html enhance-teaching-and-learning.html

67 Connected Educators Some topics covered by video include: – Wikis in the Classroom – using iPads for Writing – Video Story Problems – QR Codes – Digital Story Telling

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