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CLU Credit In order to receive a certificate of participation for today’s webinar (1 CLU credit contingent upon the approval of your employing school system) you will need to type the following information into the chat pod at this time: – First and last name (if you did not specify this when you logged into the webinar) – Parish you are representing – Your complete address Your certificate will be ed to you within 1 week; if you do not receive it, please Wendy Allen
New Special Education Teacher Webinar Series Series of 3 webinars – November 19, 2014: Overview of Assistive Technology- view at – December 9, 2014: Assistive Technology Tools for ELA – January 14, 2015: Assistive Technology Tools for Math 1 hour of CLU credit for each webinar attended live
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Assistive Technology Tools for ELA Created by South River AT Center Facilitators Sharon Edwards & Kristie Stapler Hosted by
People First Language Kathie Snow. (n.d.) A few words about People First Language. Disability is Natural. Retrieved August 1, 2012 from “People First Language puts the person before the disability and describes what a person has, not who a person is.”
Assistive Technology Device An assistive technology device is any item, piece of equipment, or product system, acquired commercially off the shelf, modified, or customized, that is used to increase, maintain or improve functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities. Assistive Technology encompasses a broad range of devices from very simple (low tech) to very sophisticated (high tech). (IDEA, 20 U.S.C. Chapter 33, Sect. 1401)
Consideration The IEP team shall……. Consider whether the child requires assistive technology devices and services….. IDEA ’ (a)(2)(v) Consideration should be given for every student with a disability who is eligible for an IEP….. Bulletin 1508
SETT Framework A complex task of gathering information can be simplified using the SETT framework (Zabala, 1994) SETT stands for: S Student E Environment T Task T Tools (Recommendations)
Identifying Difficulties To provide appropriate supports, we must determine the types of difficulties the student is experiencing. Many students require special education support, accommodations, modifications, and/or assistive technology to be able to make progress in a common core curriculum.
Types of Reading Difficulties Struggling readers often have difficulty in one or more of the following areas: o Phonemic awareness - ability to focus on and manipulate phonemes in spoken words. o Phonics - ability to associate sounds with letters and use these sounds to form words. o Vocabulary - identifying the meanings of words and using those words appropriately within context. o Comprehension - complex cognitive process involving the intentional interaction between reader and text to convey meaning. o Fluency - Fluency is the effortless, automatic ability to read words in connected text.
Types of Reading Difficulties Dyslexia - is characterized by difficulty with learning the components of words and sentences, writing and spelling, spatial directional orientation, differentiating letters that look similar, representation of letters and numbers (reversals), accurate visual and/or auditory feedback, word-by-word oral reading, reading known words, and recognizing words in isolation but not in context.
Types of Writing Difficulties Writing involves the physical ability to produce written language (motor) and the cognitive ability to put the words together to create written expression (composing). Struggling writers often have difficulty in one or more of the following areas: o Handwriting - Dysgraphia o Writing Process – a process that requires planning, organization, drafting, editing and revising skills. o Conventions Of Writing – Spelling, punctuation, grammar
Types of Writing Difficulties Dysgraphia - a difficulty in acquiring adequate handwriting skills characterized by: o Inability to execute effectively the motor movements required to write or to copy written letters or forms o Inability to transfer the input of visual information to the output of fine motor movement o Limitations in other visual-motor functions and activities requiring motor or spatial judgments o Difficulty writing numbers, aligning them properly, and understanding concepts related to space, distance, and time
Assistive Technology Tools Assistive technology devices for reading & writing includes a range of tools ranging from easy to complex and inexpensive to expensive that are used to support all aspects of reading and writing strategies. Assistive technology can be used to: o Remediate deficits o Compensate for deficits
Remediation of Deficit Areas Strategies and skill based instruction are needed to improve deficits areas. Assistive technology can play a role in remediating skills. o For example, for a deficit in handwriting, use of an adapted writing utensil may be beneficial for students who have difficulty securing and maintaining a steady grasp on a standard pen or pencil, can assist the student with improving his handwriting. o AT use can help remediate deficits while skills are improving.
Compensation of Deficit Areas Generally, assistive technology serves to compensate for deficit areas by enhancing access to and success in completing instructional tasks which require students to read, write and comprehend instructional materials. Compensation provides supports always because the student would not be able to perform the task without the support. o For example, using a text to speech program to compensate for deficits in decoding, word recognition, and vocabulary. It will not directly remediate difficulties.
The AT Continuum Low-tech Pencil grips Adapted paper Adapted utensils Slant boards Tracking aids Contrast aids Mid-tech Word processor Talking electronic dictionary Digital recorder Magnification aids High-tech Adapted Computer Text-to-speech Voice Recognition Word Prediction
Positioning Aids Allows for optimal positioning of text o Clipboards and binder clips o Page-Up (Onion Mountain Technology) o Teacher-made slant boards with 3-ring binders o Port-a-Book Stand (Onion Mountain Technology) o Slant Boards (Pocketful of Therapy) LOW TECH TOOLS ClipboardsPage Ups PortaBookSlant Board
Tracking Aids Enables students with visual tracking difficulties to maintain their place in the text o Bar magnifier (Independent Living Aids) o Colored reading filters (Onion Mountain Technology) LOW TECH TOOLS Reading FiltersBar Magnifier Report Covers Highlighter Tape Contrast Aids Alters the foreground-background contrast to promote visual access to text o Highlighters o Highlighting Tape (Onion Mountain Technology) o Acetate Report Covers o Colored Reading Filters (Onion Mountain Technology)
Adapted Utensils Adapted writing utensils are used to promote an appropriate grip for writing. These may be beneficial for students who have difficulty securing and maintaining a steady grasp on a standard pen or pencil. o Adapted Pens/Pencils (Onion Mountain, Sammons Preston) o Pencil Grips (Onion Mountain, Sammons Preston) LOW TECH TOOLS ClipboardsPage Ups PortaBookSlant Board
Adapted Paper Adapted writing paper help students improve their legibility, writing size and keep their writing on the baseline. o Raised Lined Paper o Bold Lined Paper o Bright Lined Paper o Smart Start Story Paper (Onion Mountain, Sammons Preston) LOW TECH TOOLS ClipboardsPage Ups PortaBookSlant Board
Create Your Own Adapted Paper Handwriting Worksheets Do2Learn resource_center/classroom_tools.htm resource_center/classroom_tools.htm Printable Paper
Magnification Aids Allows for controlled enlargement of text to magnification level needed o Bar, page, pocket and stand magnifiers (Maxi-Aids, Independent Living Aids) o Handheld Magnifiers (Enhanced Vision) o Closed Circuit Television Systems ( Enhanced Vision) LOW - HIGH TECH TOOLS Pocket MagnifiersHandheld Magnifiers Handheld MagnifierClosed Circuit TV
Recorders Recorders may be used to record lectures and notes, to dictate written compositions or test answers. Students may use this type of technology solution in several ways to support writing and note-taking skills. o Digital Recorders (Office supply stores) o Handi-Cassette II (American Printing House for the Blind) o Pulse SmartPen (LiveScribe) o iPod/iPhone/iPad (Apple/iTunes) MID – HIGH TECH TOOLS Pocket MagnifiersHandheld Magnifiers Handheld MagnifierClosed Circuit TV
Portable Word Processors Stand alone word processors that are small in size, easy to use, portable and durable. Can have text- to-speech and word prediction. o Forte (Writer Learning) o Fusion (Writer Learning) o iPad (Evernote, Notability, etc.) MID – HIGH TECH TOOLS Pocket MagnifiersHandheld Magnifiers Handheld MagnifierClosed Circuit TV
Talking Word Processors Speaks selected text by letter, word, sentence, or paragraph with optional simultaneous highlighting. Text may be created in the application, imported from another source, or scanned. o Write:OutLoud (Don Johnston) o Write Online (Crick Software) o Word Talk (CALL Scotland) o iPad (WritingBuddy, iReadWrite) HIGH TECH TOOLS SymWriterWrite:Outloud WriteOnline The Talking Word Processor
Talking Graphic Word Processors Supplements printed text with picture symbols for beginning readers o SymWriter (Widgit) o Clicker (Crick Software) o PixWriter (Slater Software) o Boardmaker (Mayer Johnson) o iPad (Symbol Support) HIGH TECH TOOLS SymWriterClicker PixWriterBoardmaker
Word Prediction A word prediction program provides assistance to students who have difficulty writing by predicting the target word as the student types in the first letter or letters of the word. Word prediction programs provide rate enhancement for students who are slow typists due to physical disabilities or due to inexperience with typing as it reduces the number of keystrokes needed for each word. o Word Q (Quill) o Co:Writer (Don Johnston) o iPad (Co:Writer; Predictable; Abilipad) HIGH TECH TOOLS SymWriterClicker PixWriterBoardmaker
Advanced Reading Aids Provides auditory reading support as well as visual enhancement features. May offer OCR, study aids and writing supports. o SOLO (Don Johnston) o Read & Write Gold (Text Help) o Kurzweil 3000 (Cambium Learning) o WYNN (Freedom Scientific) HIGH TECH TOOLS SoloKurzweil WynnRead & Write Gold
Voice Recognition Voice recognition software converts spoken words into written text. o Built in speech recognition (Mac / PC) o SpeakQ (Quill) o Dragon Naturally Speaking (Nuance) o iPad (Dragon) HIGH TECH TOOLS SoloKurzweil WynnRead & Write Gold
E-Readers Digital files can be read with: o ReadPlease (ReadPlease - Free) o Natural Reader (NaturalSoft – Free) o Read and Write for Google (Text Help - Free) o iPad (Voice Dream, Read2Go, ClaroPDF/Speak) HIGH TECH TOOLS Natural ReaderReadPlease WordTalkUniversal Reader
Determining The Optimal Tool(s) Student abilities and needs Required tasks / job Available supports
Productivity Independence Achievement Benefits of AT
Things to Remember Technology is no substitute for good instruction Technology should be used in conjunction with other available supports Technology used should be monitored and changes made as needed
Louisiana Assistive Technology Initiative (LATI) Louisiana Assistive Technology Initiative Regional Centers provide the following FREE services. Professional Development - LATI provides in-depth training on specific areas of AT are designed for newcomers as well as experienced professionals looking to expand their perspective of AT. AT Assessment Assistance - LATI assists the school systems’ staff in conducting AT assessments through job-embedded coaching and training. Consultations - LATI provides consultative services to address AT issues on individual students or address general classroom AT needs. Technical Assistance - LATI provides technical assistance to school systems to address difficulties with AT devices, hardware, and software. Short-Term Equipment Loans - LATI provides a FREE short-term loan program to assist school systems in conducting AT assessments and/or recommending assistive technology for students.
South River AT Center 611 North Burnside Avenue Gonzales, LA (225) or Hours of Operation: 7:30 – 3:00 M-F Sharon Edwards Kristie Stapler
Building Capacity When you leave today, what will you do with this information? How will you share it with others in your district? When will you share it? (Timeline)
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REMINDER: CLU Credit If you have not already done so….. In order to receive a certificate of participation for today’s webinar (1 CLU credit contingent upon the approval of your employing school system) you will need to type the following information into the chat pod at this time: – First and last name (if you did not specify this when you logged into the webinar) – Parish you are representing – Your complete address Your certificate will be ed to you within 1 week; if you do not receive it, please Wendy Allen
Join us for the last webinar of the series! – January 14, 2015: Assistive Technology Tools for Math 1 hour of CLU credit for each webinar attended live
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